Between love, beauty and ladies long ago men established flower traffic, paved with Dutch roses and bright floral compositions. Empolls and flunkers with the same mastery speak the language of flowers, and to express their personal emotions apply to bouquets. The vases are less eloquent, but their charm with the same strength quickens the ladies` pulse. And how your lady`s heart will thrill with delight if you present her with a multicolored flower bed! Having become skilled in the art of landscape design, you can arrange it yourself and catch her imagination with man-made beauty.
Stone flower beds in the landscape
Arranging a flower bed you may use some methods from life experience. To lay emphasis on the fragility and elegance of flowers, use the power and texture of the stones. The harmony of tenderness and strength will be associated with the alpine beauty of the mountains and their natural majesty. If boulders and cobbles are within your power, you may leave pebbles and other “trifle” for decorative filling.
The simple solution—to primitively fence the flower garden. Sandstones, pellets, marble and other types will be suitable. Want to add accent? Then lay them out according to the composition, based on the size. If smooth textures are of preferential superiority, give them brightness—paint them to match the original color. In the case of a moderate color of plants, make the framing contrast.
Prefer the monolith and time guarantee? Build a solid multilevel construction. We’ll have to dig a shallow trench with respect to the width of the stones. The depth is lined with polyethylene, concreted and ready for laying the wall. It is permissible to do without foundation, but then the wall will not exceed 60 cm.
The decorative possibilities of red brick are endless. However, it is influenced by weather conditions, but beautiful borders from solid material look amazing. White analog is much firmer and is also appropriate for decoration. It is possible to build a wall with dry masonry or to fasten the brick construction with a solution.
The integrity is brought to any picture through framing. The general impression is dependent on the harmony of matching decor to a composition. On the lawn one may leave the flower bed without fences as on the lush grass background the plantings seem like a canvas in a frame. In other embodiments, it is better to use border finish, even in raised gardens with different height.
The undersized kinds of flowers will cope with edging. They are marigold, nasturtium, candytuft, golden-tuft, stonecrops and a number of plurannuals. The unusual bands, based on the chatoyment change of colors are laid from them. Pretty shaped plastic fences, gabion grid, stretched over the small stones are also the part of the decoration.
Ideas for a flower bed
If you constantly stumble on a thick log, it’s time for the construction of a creative flower garden. Remove the bark from the log and with a power saw process it on the sketched opposite lines. Between longitudinal incisions make a few deep crosswise lines and remove the middle with a chisel. Spread polyethylene in the hole obtained, strew claydite and soil. The last thing to do is to throw the seeds into the ground, and the drawing, lined with daisies will delight the eye with beauty throughout spring and summer.
The idea of a car tire is as old as the world, but it did not become worse because of it. Moreover, it may be turned into a pair of swans, if to cut the birds on the patterns. Having painted them with white, one can put them into the flower garden.
Stubs and intricate shapes of snag are the best for decorating. Unique flower gardens are made according to the same technology, as when working with wood—the flowers are planted in the “gutted” depth. The more complex the natural forms of the snag are, the more interesting the design will be.
An unnecessary boat, an old umbrella, ladies’ shoes or rubber boots with high collars, with herbs planted in them, are ready to originally decorate the territory.
I planted a flower bed myself, I gladdened my sweetheart as well
Flower beds in large plaster vases and mobile containers will make bloom not only the lawns on the plot, but also a balcony. They require more attention, but attention is justified by always blooming beauty. Put granules into the soil to retain moisture in the ground, make a hole for drainage, and the maintenance will become much simpler.
It is impossible not to note the charm of a pot garden. The composition is organized from flowerpots, which may be identical or have a mottled combination. They are combined into a single ensemble, often accompanied by items of garden architecture.
Vertical metal construction with attached flower containers has become an alternative method of decorating the landscape, and it leaves a deep impression.
A bulk garden-hill, compositions floating in the water, stylish design around a tree bole or a version with a fountain in the center are spellbinding.
A high round planter will worthily decorate the garden. It is good for the soil or the podium, with elevating stones around, bricks or annual bulbous plant species. What matters is the material that is used to frame a flower garden, as it is designed to maintain the style of the landscape. Another advantage of the garden—it is allowed to create the conditions and microclimate for plants, poorly adapting to soil and weather—to place them under «quarantine».
Combining types and configurations
If you are confused by the place of organizing a flower bed, rely on your taste—it does not matter. They are allowed to be placed anywhere on the lawn or a plot. But if you want to build a few flower objects than focus on the medium one, covering its surface with a colorful carpet and reducing the saturation of colors from the sides.
The most convenient forms are considered to be small ones in diameter of about 2 meters. It is acceptable to organize nearby several analogues, uniting them into the overall composition. This technique will provide ease of maintenance and other spatial perception. Moreover, their configurations can be different: oval, square or shaped.
Variations with garden sculptures, adding figurines to the gardens, fixed on special frames are also interesting. If you wish to express the dignity of the picture, sow the land with undersized plants. Time-consuming work and fancy of the tracery creeping on the ground will be repaid with aesthetic ecstasy.
Multilayered gardens are beginning to take root in the landscape design. They occupy less space on the plot, and the smoothness of storey transition of the construction is underpinned by the aspiration upwards. Perception of the construction depends on the flower plantings and the size of the tripped buds. Large inflorescence of the lower tier is replaced by smaller flowers on the next floors, although it is not forbidden to plant the entire area with a single species. Monogardens are good and elegant in their own way.
Adjust for the tiered composition a barrel with 4 containers with no bottom, placed vertically. At the upper part the dahlias are planted, at the lower one—anything from moisture-loving versions. The blocks-trays with a cut side are convenient, and they are made specifically for such gardens—they provide a drainer groove.
Beauty all the year round
Instead of flowers it is allowed to plant flame nettles, cineraria and other species of flora. The organization of a garden with perennial species is complicated by the selection of simultaneous interval flowering. Planted herbs determine not only the beauty of the warm season, but they are also permissible to please the eyes with lush foliage and interesting combinations. Selecting perennials are more time-consuming, but also more profitable—the result strikes with beauty and harmony. Arranging such gardens one should take into account the identity of the species, the agreement in watering schedule and requirements to the soil mixture.
Spring mood will be strengthened by a spring nook, welcoming the first warmth with blossoming snowdrops. Crocuses, adder’s grass, scilla will support the “pioneers” of the season, and with a bit late tulips, daffodils and primroses are ready to endlessly delight the eye. Early bloom of the biennial plants such as heartsease or daisies will echo barberry or honeysuckle. And the border of their low bushes will protect against gusts of cold wind. Creating an object of permanent flowering, plant iris, and lupine, and they will blossom in early summer.
The off-season will be closed by the autumn planting—autumnalis. Autumn is particularly generous for colors, and burning in the sun vinca leaves, golden ray, a white accent of chrysanthemums and bright marigolds will help to cope with seasonal blues. Arranging an autumn garden assumes the correct color marking of transitions from combined shades to contrast range. Despite the bad weather, the autumnalis saves its beauty till snow and frost.
Do not forget to take pictures of the results of your work. In cold evenings, these images will warm the soul, returning the love and energy that you put in the flower bed.