Flower Garden Design


For years people have been tending flower gardens—maybe it’s the allure of the blooms, or perhaps it’s the challenge of growing the perfect rose, or maybe you just want to add a splash of color to the front of your home. Whatever the motivation, flowers are an excellent addition to all types of gardens.

The variety of flowers available can make selecting which ones you will use in your garden a daunting task. Factors such as light, temperatures, soil quality and more will impact how well the flowers perform.

The articles and images that appear here will introduce you to some popular garden flowers, as well as provide inspiration for how to design a garden filled with beautiful flowers in spring, summer, fall or winter. You’ll find tried and true selections such as roses or rhododendrons, and rising stars like drumstick alliums.

Create a small garden where the flowers have been chosen for their ability to invite the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds in for a visit!

Love flowers? Learn more, along with timely planting advice, garden design inspiration, tips and more in our weekly newsletter.


Plan a beautiful perennial flower garden! Flowers not only add beauty to our lives and our landscapes but also lift our spirits and improve our well-being. Here are five of our favorite flower garden layouts, designed by Almanac readers, plus a gorgeous video of our perennial flower bed.

Why Flowers?

We all love flowers. Flowers are friendly. With a 99 -ent seed pack and one hour, think how much joy you can bring to your life, your neighborhood, and the planet!

As well as their ornamental value, flower gardens can be used to help improve pollination of fruit and vegetable crops. By choosing simple flowers such as calendula, marigolds and zinnias and a few overwintering biennials to provide early nectar sources, you can attract beneficial insects which will help control pests naturally.

Certain flowers may be grown for cut flowers for use indoor bouquets, too. Read more about growing flowers for a cutting garden.

Planning a Perennial Flower Bed or Border

Flower borders are often designed with taller plants at the back, small edging plants at the front and mid-sized flowers filling out the area in between. It’s worth considering when each plant will bloom to produce color throughout the season.

If you’re interested in creating a perennial flower bed or what is sometimes called a herbaceous border, enjoy this video by one of our Almanac garden planners!

Also, here are five complementary flower garden layouts designed by Almanac readers to help give you ideas and inspiration!


Five Free Flower Garden Plans

1. Flower Garden Layout (Farm)

“We have created 3 new beds out by the pond, specifically for Spring and Summer flowers grown organically from seed. Our aim: to produce gorgeous bouquets that are so healthy you can eat them with both your eyes and your mouth!” —Woodstock Flower Farm

Garden Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Garden Size: 34’ 11” x 25’ 0”
Garden Type: Small farm
Garden Layout: Raised Beds
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

2. Flower Garden Layout (Farm)

“This is the flower design and it will be the first time we have grown flowers so we started on the small side with 2400 sq ft plot. We are planting flowers that are recommended for our area that do well when direct seeded. Some of the flowers shown do not represent the look of the actual flower since the planner did not have some of them. We will be selling bouquets market and will have a pick-u-own with better pricing. We will have: Zinnia Benary’s Giant Series, Oklahoma Formula, and Persian Carpet Cosmos Sensation Mix and Sea Shells Celosia Cramers Series and Chief Mix Sunflower Sunrich and Sunbright Series Amaranthus Opopeo Basil Aromatto Larkspur Sublime Series

Garden Location: Rushville, IL
Garden Size: 41’ 11” x 59’ 11”
Garden Layout: Traditional rows
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

3. Flower Garden Layout: Traditional Rows

Garden Location: Outside Cincinnati
Garden Size: 28’ 11” x 19’ 11”
Garden Type: Backyard garden
Garden Layout: Traditional rows
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Heavy, clay soil
See full plant list!

4. Flower Garden Layout

Garden Location: Sterling, VA
Garden Size: 3’ 5” x 25’ 0”
Garden Type: Front garden, border layout
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Good soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.

5. Flower Garden Layout

Garden Location: Ohio
Garden Size: 19’ 11” x 29’ 11”
Garden Type: Backyard
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Heavy/Clay soil

See plant list and more details about this garden here.


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Here’s everything you need to set up a garden planner, and it’s free! These are the printables that I used to set up my own garden planner years ago, and it’s still working great for me.

Want to see how I have my garden planner organized? Then, be sure to read to the end of the post. I’ve included lots of pictures of my current planner set up.

But, before I show you how I decided to organize things, let’s get a garden planner started for you. Here’s a link to the printable cover. It includes a front, back and spine. Just slip it into a binder, and you’re all set.

Use this gridded page to plan your garden beds. The plant key at the bottom will help to keep your designs need and organized.

Make the most of your gardening space by planting a square foot garden. This planner makes it easy to plan what you’ll plant in each square. If you want to do succession planting, just print a separate copy for each season.

If you’re a square foot gardener, this square foot planting guide is a must. Look up the vegetable, fruit or herb that you want to plant, and it’ll tell you how many to plant per square. So handy!

If you made a set of my dibbles to speed up your square foot planting, this dibble planting guide is nice to have. It shows you which dibble you need to use for each plant, and how deep you need to plant them.

Use this monthly planting planner to map out what needs to be planted each month, so you don’t overlook anything. Have things that you need to plant more than once? This worksheet can handle that, too.

Prefer to plan your garden out seasonally? Use this worksheet to plan what you’ll plant each season. You can even indicate whether things need to be planted early, mid or late season.

Use these seasonal garden to-do lists to keep up with your progress on important garden chores. There’s one for each season, and room to add additional to-dos.

Prefer to create your own list of seasonal garden chores? Use this seasonal garden chore list to do it.

Make a list of the chores that you need to tackle each month, so you don’t forget to do anything important. This monthly garden chore list makes it easy to set up a to-do list for each month. Fill it out once, and you’ll have a list you can refer to year after year.

Have big plans for your garden that are going to take some time to accomplish? Use this garden project tracker to keep up with your progress over time.

Use this worksheet to record your garden expenses, and at the end of the season you’ll be able to see just how much you spent on seeds, plants, mulch, etc. This worksheet will also help you to track the price of the things that you buy each year, so you’ll know whether or not you’re getting a good deal.

Create a profile for each plant you grow, so it’ll be easy to keep up with their needs, growing habits, harvest instructions and other particulars.

Use this worksheet to track the success of your indoor seed starts, so you can repeat the things that worked and avoid the things that didn’t. It includes spots to record where you got your seeds, when you planted them, when they germinated and when you transplanted them. It also includes plenty of room to record success rates and information about the growing conditions for each plant.

Use this plant tracker worksheet to track the success of new plantings. This will help you to determine which plants do best in your yard, which nurseries have the healthiest plants and even when you’re likely to see your first harvest.

Keep detailed records of the pests and problems you encounter in your garden, so you’ll be able to go back and see what worked and what didn’t the next time the same problem pops up.

Each time you fertilize or amend your garden soil to address an issue, record the details on this worksheet, so you can track the success of your efforts.

Use this garden harvest tracker to keep up with how much food your plants and trees are producing. This information can be used to determine which varieties are most productive, how much you should plant next year and even the cost per pound for the foods you grow.

Collect the seeds from your garden at the end of the season, so you’ll have fewer to buy next year. This Seed Harvesting Tracker is the perfect place to jot down harvest instructions and the results of your seed viability tests.

Start a garden journal, so you’ll have a place to note all the things that are going on in your garden. Just taking a minute to jot down what’s in bloom and what’s going on with the weather will allow you to compare growing seasons and predict when things are likely to happen next year.

Too busy to keep a full-blown journal? No problem. This weekly garden journal is the perfect place to scribble a few quick notes about what’s going on in your garden.

Okay, now that you have a bunch of pages for your garden planner, let me show you some of the things I keep in mine.

The first page of my planner is a copy of my garden design. Since I sometimes take my planner out to the garden with me, I decided to put all my planner pages inside page protectors. This keeps my records from getting dirty or wet.

I’ve always been pretty good about saving the tags and info sheets that come with plants, but I haven’t been very good about organizing them. Translation: they were all shoved in a file folder. To fix this mess, I purchased a set of alphabet index dividers …

and filed each sheet/tag by letter. A for apples, B for blueberries … you get the idea.

Then, I jumped online and printed sheets for any plants that I didn’t have information on. Now, I have a handy guide to everything I grow, and a set up that will be easy to add to over time.

As we get closer to gardening season, I’ll add additional pages to track my seed starts, bed plans and other projects.

Many web browsers have their own built-in PDF viewers, but they tend to be buggy. If you’re having trouble printing or editing one of our printables, click here for help.


101 Front Yard Landscaping Ideas (Photos)

101 stunning front yard garden and landscaping ideas (photos). All types of gardens - big, small, bushes, flower gardens, plants and trees. See it all here.

While the backyard is for you, the front yard is often made beautiful for neighbors and the public generally.

Gardeners have a real advantage when it comes to making a welcoming home because at least 50% of a home’s curb appeal is the front yard gardens.

Consider this incredible photo gallery of front yard garden ideas. When you look at each photo, imagine the front yards if they didn’t have gardens. I did this and without a doubt the homes simply are not nearly as beautiful as they are with spectacular gardens.

Moreover, beautiful gardens can take a house from drab to fab.

Our aim with this gallery is to provide you MANY front yard garden ideas. The diversity in designs, flowers, plants, trees, cost and other garden features is huge.

In some cases the front yards are loaded with flowers. In other cases small trees and bushes.

No 2 gardens are alike. Your front yard is your canvas.

When planning your front yard garden, put yourself in the shoes of the visitor. Actually walk from the street to your front door. What will make for a beautiful stroll to your door?

And then there’s the view of your front yard from the road. What can you do to really make it pop. One thing that always looks great is a rising front yard so that your front yard is a gradual incline which makes more of your garden visible from the road (I say this because our home has a sloping front yard and our garden looks fabulous from the road).

Enjoy our photo gallery of amazing front yard gardens.

Featuring the vast greenery and colorful blooms of geraniums, decorated with rocks around them, and a fountain showering on a corner highlights the view.

Green ornaments pruned into round and square shapes attract attention. These are called topiary.

Green grasses ornamented with colorful blossoms of petunias, sword foliage and other non-flowering plants make the view pleasing to the eye.

The full-bloomed roses almost take the whole view of the front yard. Inside is a walking path installed in between ferns and other green ornamental shrubs.

This mini garden is filled with striking green foliage landscaped with a few blossoms, large rocks and a wooden fence.

A landscape of class and style, where you find well-maintained grasses, trimmed plants and colorful blossoms.

The garden of healthy grasses and shrubs house a welcoming woman figure resting behind the bush and colorful blooms of petunias. It is also decorated with a lampshade that lights the grassy path at night.

The elegance of this white house is given more emphasis as the stunning red and yellow color effect of tulip blossoms surround it.

The greenery and simple view of the white house serves as the tulip’s perfect spot to shine.

As always, white is a perfect background that highlights other colors, just like these green shrubs and colorful blooms.

One word to describe this view yet it is striking. The path is decorated with plants uniformly trimmed into squares and Bermuda grass while two ornamental grasses stand proud on each sides.

Looking at this view feels like living in a flower paradise. A variety of colorful blossoms like hyacinth, lirio or lily, yellow daffodils and other spring flowers complete this floral view.

Green and healthy grasses spread along the way as brightly colored petunia shows its glamour along with other blossoms like marigolds.

Plain yet stylistic.

The dish-like ensemble of these trimmed ornamental plants show a one of kind design.

An assembly of blossoms await on each path’s corner. Present are hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and a flowering tree.

A magnificent landscape consisting of green and colorful shrubs sprouting like mushrooms from the ground.

Wild green vines look even more functional as it ornaments the facade of this simple house.

Fall in love with this spring flower inspired front yard. The design is dedicated to colorful tulips, daffodils, lirios, and other green plants. Not only that, the flowering dogwood stars in the scene.

The rubble stone wall of this design is as tidy as the well-groomed grasses and well-trimmed plants growing along it.

Fuschia flowers in elevated rock garden surrounded by greenery in front yard of home.

Purple, pink and white petunias embrace the rock formations that are stacked into an elevation.

Celosia blooms and begonias highlight the fence’s view while hanging petunias are the stars fully occupying the upper view.

This front yard landscape is vastly covered with greenery while the nandina plants and a few petunia blossoms highlight the view.

Along with the young maple trees lie petunia shrubs, while a Venus inspired water fountain peeks out from the distance.

This view emphasizes coolness and a nature kissed front yard. Green grasses, well trimmed ornamental shrubs and a few colorful blossoms keep it simple.

Brick stone landscape edging is given more emphasis with white and purple petunia blossoms and green grass edging the bottom.

The stepped water fountain gives this plain colored house a complete scene of nature. There is a vast grassland, a few trees, shrubs and an empty soil space that gives more room for plants to grow.

Colored and designed stone bricks are cornered with greenery and colorful plants like mayana and marigolds.

The tidy and cool view of this front yard is featured with greenery and a touch of red blossoms.

Daisies, marigolds and petunias are among the blossoms that give life to these rubble stones.

The Mophead hydrangea flowers seem to overwhelm the view with their beauty.

Petunia shrubs trimmed into rounds later bloom into a colorful floral craft. Along with these are trimmed greenery and shrubs.

This fascinating front yard is furnished with up-sized rocks and green grass landscape. The center piece is a purple maple tree.

The neat and well-groomed grass is furnished with large rocks, trimmed shrubs and colorful flowering bushes.

Rubble stones and landscaping grasses delight an otherwise gloomy looking view of this garden.

Large round garden with bright pink and red flowers with brick edge in front of 1990’s style home.

A simple path turns into an elegant alley of greenery. Featuring landscape grasses, pines and trimmed shrubs.

Plain grasses beneath the elevated landscape of green shrubs overgrowing on the edges.

Non-flowering shrubs are also a great colorful ornament for your front yard. Nandina plants and landscape grasses are a good match. Add trees and a few flowers.

A simple path and a pebble foundation when ornamented with green shrubs and colorful Mophead hydrangea would look as peaceful and charming as this one shows.

This may look plain and grey yet when decorated with huge rubble stones and colorful petunias, it looks very pleasing to the eyes.

Plants may have outgrown each other yet the rounded brick stone paver edging still looks fabulous as blooms turn out to be a mixture of colors.

A few purple colored nandinas and a maple tree is enough to highlight the greenery view of this front yard.

The full-bloomed pink roses beautifully peek out the gaps of the fence.

Vibrant! The blossoms seem to look like a rainbow tossed on the grassy rounds.

The white painted facade looks even more vibrant with colorful blossoms and greenery.

These plants are trimmed to resemble a line of balls ready to roll.

Simple grass edging and landscaping furnished with blossoms and trees as center pieces.

This feels like a breezy pine view. A wooden and brick stone inspired house is furnished with green ornaments along a sloping driveway.

A well-balanced front yard ornamented with medium sized rocks, small trees and trimmed shrubs.

Shrubs trimmed into different shapes and sizes, well-maintained Bermuda grass and sheered medium size trees offer a simple yet inspiring delightful view of this front yard.

Green plants trimmed into triangular and rectangular forms look like robust guards on the garage way. Trees, grasses and flower blossoms also accompany these.

The fancy house decoration is paired with bushes of colorful petunias and green shrubs. Along with these are huge rocks assembled to provide elevation to the landscape.

Modern styles are getting fond of trimmed plants known as topiary, which is the art of clipping plants into ornamental shapes. Elongated, round and triangular are some of the fancy forms of these. A simple touch of purple and pink blossoms and leaves gives life to a plain colored landscape.

Brick stone edging looks more fabulous when ornamented with landscaping grasses and colorful blossoms.

The spiral trimmed topiary standing right in front of the brick stone house has their own spotlight while the purple leaves of nandina and maple tree along with other blossoms gives a touch of colorful sight to the whole landscape.

Green walls, topiary balls, spiral topiary and a few blooms furnish a plain and rocky garage way landscape.

Turf grass and green shrubs provides shade along with an eye-pleasing view for this front yard. A few round topiary and green walls add an embossed mood to the view.

A rocky landscape edging idea where bushes of blooming petunias and newly lawn grasses are found. In addition, a green pine shrub is found in the center of the garden.

Colorful blossoms assemble in a thick and sheer view of a glamorous front yard. Edging on the corners are well-maintained turf grasses.

As you can see from a distance, a pair of red vine ladders are leaning on the brick wall. This will later bloom beautiful flower blossoms. In addition, a few pansies, purple knights, round and square topiary share the view.

Blue skies reflect a great ambiance towards the stone house, colorful blossoms, rounded sidewalk and round brick paver edging.

This is a front yard inspired with a stony edging accompanied by huge rocks, green shrubs, and weeping Alaskan cedar trees in between.

A short and white wood fence encloses colorful pansies, petunias and chrysanthemums. Edging from the concrete sidewalk is fine white sand.

Along a brick path grows maple trees, purple and yellow blossoms. In addition to this are landscape grasses and trimmed shrubs lined along the rows.

Down the sloping pathway lies gigantic green walls and colorful blossoms growing on brick stone flower box steps. Pines are also growing in the distance.

This view of terraces is made of brick stone flower boxes with greenery and flowering shrubs growing out of them.

This sloping landscape features large and smaller topiary balls with nandina plants, pine trees and some greenery, perfect for a simply designed vacation house.

A brick stone pathway and rubble stone flower box grows purple shrubs and other blossoms.

Tall and thick green walls are growing well in a pebbled concrete flower box. Furnishing it is a pile of bamboo, stones, pansies, and a Japanese Palmatum maple shrub.

This house is positioned perfectly on an elevated surface, which gives rise to brick stone flower boxes to form colorful terraces.

A simple American house design filled with landscape grasses and flowers, from its wooden steps down to its sidewalk.

One of a kind topiary, at its finest design ever made average sized topiary balls and well-trimmed green walls. These cylindrical shaped hedges are one of creative designs recorded in this list.

The soulful leafless tree reveals a dramatic and nostalgic mood while it complements the monochromatic house paint, while the well-groomed greenery on the ground neutralizes the gloomy mood.

Green shrubs specially grown in the flower box edges emphasize the build and uniqueness of the style, while the center pieces like the maple tree and colorful blossoms highlight the landscape.

The blue house attracts most, thus the colors from its surrounding must also blend to balance a good view. The color of the brick pathway, Japanese Palmatum maple trees, green pines and shrubs are a good combination.

This house is one of modern architecture, designed with a flat rooftop, natural house paint and simple front yard landscape. The landscape is filled with a thick and green turf grass, a pathway encircling it, large stone edging and a few ornamental plants.

The Erica Carnea shrub edging on the grass is emphasized as this is the only pink shrub among the greenery.

This is a great floral garden gate idea. Colorful vine blooms and flower shrubs on the ground give an overwhelming welcoming presence. Inside is even more floral and paradise like.

Weeping Alaskan Cedar tree, Japanese Palmatum maple shrub, green turf grass, a few blossoms of mopheads and pansies complete the set of a perfect front yard garden idea. It also includes greenery, round and spiral topiary.

This full grown greenery is untrimmed yet is still beautiful and captivating.

The over-sized topiary stand still and magnificent among other landscape elements.

Rocks and grasses let the other landscape elements lay resting on them as they give a cool and calm view.

A wood house architectural design resting on a sloping surface with a large rock formation beside it, where trees and other greenery grows and sprouts.

A cool water fountain from a large rock gives a refreshing view. Around its edges are stones and grasses while blossoming mopheads and petunias gives life at the back.

Stacked rubble stones serve as the decorative edging that separate grasses from the ornamental plants. You can find colorful petunias and mopheads blossoming with other greenery.

Green Japanese maple shrubs, “anahaw” or palm tree, daffodils, hyacinths, petunias and other greenery fill up the brick stone flower box.

Extra creative dish-like topiary capture the attention of the passers by.

The full-bloomed dogwood tree sprinkles petals on the grassy ground and turns the concrete pathway into a floral aisle that ends at a delicately designed topiary.

A well-maintained turf grass highlights the calm view of the front yard. Planted along the edges of the concrete sidewalk are small colorful shrubs.

Green Japanese maple shrubs, daffodils, pansies and other green shrubs gives volume to a plain grassy front yard.

Resting along the edging is known as the Erica Carnea pink cloud. It highlights the green view with up-sized rocks laying still on the elevation.

Rubble stones stacked together to form a flower box where ornamental plants grow higher than the grass.

Trees and grasses are the most easy to maintain natural ornaments you can put in your front yard. Add a few large rocks and blossoms to give a simple yet creative design.

The oval landscape right on the center view of the house is filled with shrubs, pines and blooming red petunias.

Rocks, grasses and topiary assemble at the center of a concrete pathway.

A flowerbed of colorful flowers against a wall with crystal windows reflects the colorful and nature kissed aura.

Dazzling petunias and daisies are sparkling on the grassy edges.

A rubble stone flower box lifts the shrubs on an elevation where mopheads flowers, other blossoms, and greenery stand noticeable.

Trees, grasses, shrubs and blossoms almost fill up the front yard. Stones are furnished on the sidewalk’s corner and some on the landscape.

Red petunias and maroon gerbera daisies highlights the view of the bluish brick stone house.

Potted shrubs. brick stones, petunias, pine trees and other green shrubs beautifully cover the view of the house.

The textured path made of brick stones is constructed with a large rubble stone flower box, landscaped at an elevation where pink cloud blossoms and green shrubs provide full attraction to the house.


7 Perennial Flower Bed Design Ideas To Beautify Your Garden

So you want a low maintenance garden that doesn’t need a lot of replanting or weeding while offering a perk-me-up view for everyone. You want something that adds more splendor to your rather dry and drab surroundings. If this is what you want then, it can be presumed that you want perennials.

Before we dive into the meat of the matter, first let’s clear a doubt some people have regarding annual and perennial plants.

Difference between Annuals and Perennials

Annual plants are those with a life cycle that lasts one year only. There whole life cycle that is grown from seed, to bloom, seed production and death happen in one growing season. That’s why then need to be replanted each spring. Some of the common Annual plants are Petunias and Geraniums

Perennials, as the name implies, bloom over and over again allowing you to enjoy them all year round. Year after year, these garden blooms bring about mesmerizing color and form to your home. Some of the common perennial flower plants are Daffodils, Lilies, Chrysanthemum, Coral bells and the likes.

So if you want to have a flower garden which blooms over the year, again and again, it’s best to plant perennial flowers. To get you started, here are some perennial flower bed design ideas to begin with:

1. Tree Ringlet. Got trees in your lawn or yard? Highlight its beauty by adding a ringlet flower bed filled with clusters of perennials, annuals, and evergreens. Perennials thrive in environments where both sun and shade go together. You have the option to add pavers as edges or natural stones. Or if you may place potted succulents or evergreens as edge on a tree ringlet to give it more charm.

2. Window Boxes. Though not literally a “flower bed”, apartments, townhouses, and other high rise abodes that allow container gardening will make do by adding window boxes to house blooming perennials. Not only do these boxes prettify your home, but it also helps visitors and potential buyers (in case you’re planning to sell) to draw their eyes into your home and enhance its “face value” even more.

3. Cottage Style Wheelbarrow. Another great flower bed design idea is the use of an old wheelbarrow. This shabby chic design will help complement country or cottage style homes. Consider complementary perennials and annuals of varying color and growing style. No wheelbarrow? Use an old bicycle instead.

4. Upcycled Chair or Bench. Got an old chair or bench waiting to be collected? Why not convert it into a perennial planter slash bed. Another shabby chic flower bed design idea to hold your lovely perennials, this can prettify corners and wall in your yard. Hang a rustic sign “Secret Garden” and you have a mesmerizing area that draws an observer’s eye.

5. Tree Stump-Beds. Ditch the added expense of removing a tree stump in your yard. Instead, convert such an ugly eyesore into a flower “bed” slash planter. Simply carve a hollow in it and rest your perennials. Tree stumps are great in terms of maintaining soil moisture allowing more nutrients to seep into your blooms. No tree stumps? Have a landscape artist create one for you. Makes a great addition to rustic style homes and gardens.

6. Potted Borders. For a newbie in gardening, creating a border for a garden bed can be quite taxing. Whether perennials or annuals, borders can be hard to maintain. Luckily, you can simply buy huge pots and choose perennials to plant in them then, arranged them as border to your balcony, patio or premises where you want them to bloom. This idea also gives you freedom to move your beloved perennials, particularly during stormy weather or wintertime.

7. Tiered Flower Beds. Add more levels of charm to your garden with sturdy and functional flower beds filled with perennials and evergreens. An awesome idea for sloped lawns and yards, it allows you to add a creative structural element on your garden design. Feel free to use natural stone, brick or concrete as walls to encase those flowery blooms.

It’s high time to see your home in a whole new light. With these perennial flower bed design ideas, you can finally upgrade your abode’s landscape to highlight its architectural features as well as the natural elements therein. One key ingredient in making perennials bloom even in the heat of summer is to use a premium potting mix that helps retain water on whatever flower bed design they’re in. When done accordingly, you are not only enhancing perennials bloom factor but also improve your home’s overall curve appeal and its ambiance for the whole family to enjoy.

Easy to Grow Perennials

It can be a challenge to choose the easy to grow plants from the hundreds of perennials, especially if you’re a newbie gardener.

So here’s a list of ten easy-to-grow perennials to help you get started!

It is one of the hardy perennials that are able to withstand dry summers and coldest winter. You will enjoy the color it brings to your summer garden with its rosy purple petals surrounding a cone-shaped central seed head from which it derives its common name. It also has a yellow variant called Echinacea paradoxa which is not the common variety.

However with the hybrids that have been produced by plant breeders successfully over the years, one can choose from many that now have more colors, shapes, and sizes.

These foliage plants come in varieties of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be used to brighten up shady spots in your garden. Their heights can vary from ground-hugging 4-inch dwarfs to 4-foot-tall giants. Although these plants are mainly known for their attractive foliage, they also produce lovely fragrant pink, lavender, or white flowers during the summer, which attracts the Hummingbirds.

One thing to be aware of is that deer love hosta. So to discourage deer, use fencing. Also, you can have a talk with your local garden center about odor-based sprays that will act as deer repellents.

Black-Eyed Susan

This daisy like flowers – black-eyed Susans will illuminate your flower garden like bright rays of sunshine. This brightly colored flower can grow up to 24-36 inches tall, and blooms in its lemon-yellow, orange, and gold color for weeks with minimal care.

To encourage the plant to keep blooming clip off old blooms. In winter you can leave the seed heads for the birds to help in pollination and to provide some interesting color in the winter landscape.

Note that the black-eyed Susan doesn’t like water lingering on their foliage, so be careful about watering as lingering water can result in powdery mildew.

This easy to grow flower is one that a beginner gardener can try as her first plant as Coreopsis grows equally well in a container as well as in garden soil.

This plant can grow to be as tall as 4 feet and spread anywhere from 12 to 36 inches. However, there are many varieties that grow to shorter height as well.

Birds like Goldfinches like to snack on the seeds of this flower. It will also attract bees and butterflies to your garden.

Coral Bells

The main appeal of coral bells is its foliage varying from a deep purple or burgundy, to red and lime green. They grow well in containers even mixed with other plants and hardy enough to go without water even in summer.

The flower panicles make fine additions to cut flower arrangements. They are deer resistant and like Coreopsis will attract butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.

Care should be taken so that the plant does not get fungus in hot and humid season. In case fungus spot is detected, it should be treated by this copper fungicide

Siberian Iris

This tall graceful plant is a great choice to grow in landscape borders as well as corners. Being another plant that is easy to grow and mature Siberian Iris plant can put out more than 20 stems of flowers at once, in a blooming season that lasts from late April to early summer.

This plant expands outwards each year by itself until eventually, the centers stop blooming. So it should be divided by carefully digging up the rhizomes with a garden fork after they finish blooming. Next cut them and replant the outermost, young rhizomes and discard the older center ones.

This carefree perennial plant can thrive even with minimum attention and hence another good plant for a beginner to start a project.

Daylilies tend to grow in large clumps, and each individual clump can produce as many as two to four hundred blooms over the period of a month in the best conditions but will last for only a single day.

You should divide the daylilies every two to four years depending on how fast they are spreading.

Garden Phlox

This two feet tall, eye-catching Garden Phlox is great to grow for sunny borders. The large clusters of pink, purple, lavender or white flowers bloom for several weeks in summer and is an excellent choice for cut flowers.

They release noticeable fragrance especially during the night and are known to attract butterflies and birds.

In the beginning, Garden Phlox should be watered weekly for the first few weeks and then in a frequency to keep the soil lightly moist. After the flower fades it is best to clip the flower stems to keep the plants looking tidy, and also prevents the flowers from dropping seeds

This hardy long-living perennial plant (known to live even for hundred years ) offers big, fluffy, fragrant flowers in a wide range of colors, forms and sizes.

With its fluff of thin ribbon petals and majestic look, even a single stem in a floral arrangement will make people believe that it has been done by a professional florist.
Unlike roses, peony bushes do not require precise pruning to thrive. Often pruning is only necessary for the event of damage or disease.

Asters will produce a carpet of daisy-like flowers on from the moth of August through October, depending on the variety which ranges from five hundred to six hundred.

Asters need very little maintenance. Caring mainly includes deadheading for more blooms and occasionally controlling the powdery mildew. This disease can be most easily prevented by autumn or spring division of aster flowers, with its middle clump removed and discarded.

As these flowers are a rich source of nectar, and they flower at the height of the Monarch butterfly migration season, they are a great way to attract these beautiful butterflies. Aster also attracts lots of bees so if you are bee sensitivities plant the Asters away from the garden path.

Combining Perennial Plants for Great Design

While designing a perennial garden it is best to put pair the flowers and shrubs to get that desired look.

For example, you can pair Hosta with Allium as they both thrive well in a shady environment and complement each other’s shape.

Similarly, you can pair Asters with Miscanthus which can give a dramatic statement to your garden with blue and purple Asters blooming in Autumn mixed with creamy plumes of Miscanthus.

Another combination could be Coneflowers with Black eyed Susan. Both are hardy drought-resistant types and can form a great bouquet to enjoy in the summertime. Similarly, you can combine black eyed susan with Daylilies and Coneflowers.

Also remember that besides their colorful flowers, shrubs add architectural interest to your garden during the winter when perennials are dormant and out of view.

Hopefully, this info will provide you with a great perennial garden design idea and will provide you many years of enjoyment since perennials come back each year, with no replanting requirement.


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