Everything you need to know to design and build a flower bed, from choosing the plants to creating the most effective border.
Set up aflowerbed in your own garden it is certainly an effective choice to enhance an enclosed space and to benefit from constant and regular flowering. Before proceeding with the choice of plants for flower beds and with the actual realization, however, it is good to carefully design this space taking into account a number of factors, from lighting to the need for watering and care. The soil, for example, must be prepared properly by removing any weeds and using a fertilizer that is effective for all planted species.
To create compositions pleasant and tidy, it is essential to combine different colors in order to generate chromatic contrasts that are beautiful to see, also designing the borders of the flowerbed in the best possible way. Let’s see in detail all the steps to be taken to obtain a surprising and long-lasting result.
Designing the space
Once you have established the dimensions that the flower bed will have to have, it is important to define a priori a geometric shape to be traced on ground, opting for the creation of a linear and regular perimeter. As for the edging, it is possible to use simple stones or natural stones, in order to delimit the space and avoid the passage inside it that could damage the flowers. It is also important to combine plant species that reach the same height, in order to obtain a uniform and regular result, especially if you are not very familiar with this type of cultivation.
Which plants to choose
The choice of plants for the flower bed it is undoubtedly the most delicate moment of the whole journey. As mentioned above, it is preferable to plant specimens belonging to the same group or in any case capable of flowering in the same period, thus creating a chromatic effect very effective. Usually perennials alternating with evergreen plants are selected, which are easy to manage and care for: the former last even several years, the latter allow you to always have a rich presence of green. In any case, it is necessary to plant the seedlings keeping a distance of not less than thirty centimeters from each other. Below is a selection of plants perfect for creating a colorful and lively flowerbed.
Between evergreen plants, l’edera it is an excellent choice to obtain a particularly decorative green effect without having to work excessively. Ivy adapts easily to different types of soil and grows well in both sun and shade. Also withstanding frosts well, this plant is perfect for covering even large horizontal surfaces.
The begonia it is a perennial plant with small heart-shaped leaves, capable of generating small and numerous flowers of very showy different colors that develop continuously from May to October.
The petunia it generates flowers of colors ranging from white to pink, from yellow, red to blue and purple. Especially appreciated for this reason, it is a plant that can be grown in full sun, flowering from April to October, while production is reduced if it is located in more shaded areas.
Impatiens, better known as the plant of the glass flowers, it can be perennial or annual depending on the species. It produces oval green and glossy leaves, while solitary or double flowers develop from the stems that can be characterized by a wide range of colors.
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