How to plant a flower bed in front of the house – Planting a flower bed in your front yard is quite different from a vegetable garden, while the former is for aesthetics, the latter is mainly for consumption and though each requires a different approach, sometimes, similar gardening skills are used for both.
A flower bed in front of your house can define the ambience of your surroundings. You can create a warm welcoming atmosphere with blooming colourful plants and blooming naturals. There are wide varieties of plants that provide lush scenery for your home all year round.
Asides the pretty blooms and colourful leaves, fresh flower scents do somethings to me. Sometimes I imagine if I’m the only one having flutters in my stomach each morning whenever the smells breeze across the room. Besides, a front yard flower bed is something to watch from your window. Now that you are ready, I know you are here to find out how to plant a flower bed in front of the house. I have some guidelines you might find useful for the process but don’t forget to add your touch of creativity, it makes your flower bed more personal and not totally copied.
Important tools needed
To plant a flower bed, you’d need some of the following tools and supplies for ease and getting a good result.
Spade: there will definitely be some digging up to do in the new site and you won’t want to get exhausted halfway through the job, so a spade comes in handy for digging job.
Wheelbarrow: you need the barrows to pack dirt and move the new plants to their new site. You may also need to mulch or probably use some compost on-site, and its easier to move together at once in the wheelbarrow.
Young flower plants/seeds: unlike vegetable plants, you don’t really need to start a flower bed with seeds. In most cases, you get young flower plants or potted plants from stores and then transplant in the new bed. Planting flowers from the seed takes a lot of time and care which may not be really advisable for beginners.
Hand trowel: needed for making holes in the soil for the new plants and spreading organic matter across the bed.
Garden gloves: don’t get down in a garden without wearing your gloves. It’s not a rule, but you should take the advice. A good pair of garden gloves will protect your hands from bruises or scratches.
Bricks or stones: one important foundation to lay when creating a flower bed is to define boundaries for the flowers as they grow. Bricks, stones or pebbles are sometimes used to draw markers to create an edge between the flower bed and the walkway or driveway.
Compost/ mulch: these are very necessary supplies for your new flower bed. Mulching will suppress the weeds and also keep moisture in the soil so that the flower plants won’t dry up easily. It is necessary to mulch keep the flower bed mulched as frequently as you can.
I’m sure by now you have a spot in mind for the flower bed. Let’s take a quick run through the characteristics of a perfect flower bed spot. Take a little walk around the new spot and check out the following:
Lighting: like other plants, flowers also need enough sunlight and shade to grow. Each of this must be balanced so if your new spot can adequately provide that, we can go on, but if not, you might need to check out another spot or figure out a way to get the space exposed to light.
Water: irrigation is a good water plan for your new flower bed, but if it’s not possible, ensure you have a water hose available or that a water source is not far from the flower bed.
Structures/other plants: try to imagine how tall your flower choice will grow and if it won’t block out some structures or views around the location of the flower bed. Say, for instance, you have a lamp post-installed close to the flower bed, will the flowers grow to block the light from the lamp post at night or not. You can imagine this for other things within the area and figure out how to work around it.
Now that you are certain about locating your flower bed, let’s get started. To plant a flower bed, these few steps will help you through the task and produce a beautiful result.
- Weeding/land preparation
Clear the earth of weeds and roots using a shovel or spade, then till the soil to make it loose enough for planting. While doing that, ensure you remove rocks or big stones and break up clods of soil. Keep the ground levelled up for planting.
Enrich the soil in preparation for your flowers by adding compost or other organic matters available around you. Manure or peat moss serves well as organic matter. Mulching is also an important prerequisite in preparing the ground for the new plants and can be done before or after planting. Don’t just plant on your garden soil without adding anything because most garden soils have their nutrients leached off or taken up by the weeds occupying the land. Don’t think flowers don’t need good soil too, in fact, a healthy growing flower indicates that the soil is good.
- Choose your flowers
For a start, it’s best to pick between three or four flower varieties so that the garden won’t look too distracting. In choosing the type of flower to grow in the garden; first, consider the exposure to light and shade in the location you picked. One other very important thing to consider when choosing your plant is your availability to tend to the garden. you can combine annuals and perennials to give a mixed variation.
Sometimes you may want to buy seeds to grow by yourself, but you have to be sure it is necessary and that you can grow from seed.
When growing from seeds, you can’t plant directly in the garden. you need to start seed in containers and transplant once they are grown enough to withstand the outside conditions. But if you have access to biodegradable containers, they will work just fine on the field and as they grow, the container degrades with the soil as the roots grow deeper and firmer in the soil.
- Planting your flowers
The best time to start planting your flowers is in summer after the cold is gone and the weather is warmer. To plant your flowers safely in the ground, dig holes that are large enough to take the soil and root of the plant then place the plant in the hole and cover with soil then water.
When planting your flowers, ensure you put enough spacing between each flower and try mixing up the colours to create a beautiful blend. You can plant the tall flower types at the rear while the shorter ones stay in the front. The thriller, filler and spiller formula work fine in containers but can also be used in this case to create a beautiful result.
Like every other plant, flowers need water to grow and consistent watering when needed keeps the flowers fresh and hydrated. Watering also improves flower blooming and freshness of the flower scents.
- Set boundaries/markers
Creatively add boundaries or curves around your flower bed by using edge materials such as stones, rocks, bricks, pebbles or wooden frames. Defining boundaries ensures that there is a divide between the flower bed and the walkway or driveway so that the plants won’t grow out of place. You can make it around design or straight-line curves and to add a bit of touch, you can plant your flowers in the shape of the garden border. Think anything, you will definitely love the outcome. This is also why the next step is very necessary as the flowers grow.
As your flowers grow, some may grow tall and big, while some grow wide occupying more space trying to spread out; they form branches and if not kept in check, they begin to grow wild and uncontrolled. Frequent pruning helps to keep the plants neat and within the size you want them. It also removes dead branches or old ones, leaving room for new ones to form. As much as a flower bed keeps your house beautiful, it can soon turn into a messy and uninviting view if not properly maintained. The dormant seasons of the year are usually best for pruning, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t prune when you see it needed.
Now you can enjoy the beauty of the garden you created and even pluck fresh flowers to decorate your dining table or sitting room. Knowing how to plant a flower bed in front of the house is not such a big deal after all, and with proper care and maintenance, you’ll soon have your neighbours coming to ask for your help to start their garden.
Don’t forget to add a touch of evergreen trees or shrubs in your garden to keep the garden green and fresh during the cold quiet months of the year when flower trees are stripped bare.