Welcome to my little slice of garden Heaven from my back yard!
So… this flowerbed is very full, lush, green and all that good stuff. Nature driven even. Must have cost a fortune to fill, right?
But not all is what it appears to be. This flowerbed is filled to the brim with flowerbed cheats.
How to get a full flowerbed with less
I like a full look in a flowerbed, so I allow my plants to get big and touch. But not crowd. So I will clip them back to shape or only when they start to overlap. The result is many shapes and layers against each other.
2. Say yes to off shoots.
The plants right behind the bike? That’s part of the lilac tree that’s on the left. I allowed the shoots to fill in the empty spaces. And who knows… I may even like them there. And if I don’t, I’ll just eventually clip them off. (you can see this better in the first picture).
3. Weeds make great fillers!
Sharp gardeners will recognize this plant, but because I’m not plant sharp, I didn’t.
It’s a weed. And I allowed them to grow at first because I wasn’t sure what they were. But when it became obvious, I liked how they looked, so let them prosper. Free fillers, I say!
4. Adding garden junk as focal points.
Imagine this little area without the bike, tub, milk can, birdhouse post nor ladder. All you’d see is a sea of green. A few well placed pieces give your eyes something to focus on for sure. Especially for very young flowerbeds that need lots of filling out.
The tub is not full of planted flowers. I just plunked an entire hanging basket inside and called it done.
The above picture is the one I had last year in another picture. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Related post: picture above
As you can see, the orange poppies are in bloom. But the rose bush to the left is not yet. Nor are the perennials that line the fence, nor the honeysuckle that is nearly ready to burst with colour.
Everything will have a turn. And when it isn’t in bloom, that’s the best time to go buy a perennial IN bloom and plunk it where there is no colour now. If you have room that is.
I’m ok with the sea of green because there will be more colour shortly. But admit some annuals could spruce up the left side of the bed a little.
Related post: picture above
A curve is nice because nature is never straight.
A clean edge along with mounded soil away from the trench will give your flowerbed a super sharp finished look. Always.
How to cut flower bed edges like a pro (my #1 post!)
I ran out of physical gas after cutting that edge. It’s hard work, but well worth it. Just pace yourself accordingly. The soil needs to be separated from the clumps of grass, then crumbled up nice and fine.
Here you can see the soil prepared to the left, and untouched to the right. It’s work for sure. But the result is amazing.
How to cut flower bed edges like a pro (this is my alltime #1 post!)
We’re getting there!
And you are at Part 3 – the bike flowerbed.