Garden flowers, plants and shrubs

Flowerbeds - the most beautiful

When all the large-scale work on the site is finished - the house is erected, the fence is built, the trees are planted, the paths are laid, and the grounds are paved, it is time to think of the design of the flowerbeds at the dacha in order to give your own country ownership the finished look. A habitable, cozy hacienda is unthinkable without beautiful flower beds, creating a mood and a joyful feeling of country life.

Varieties of country flower beds

Flowerbed - the general name of all floral or ornamental plantings, fenced or having a clear form.

  • Varieties of beds: free (landscape), regular (strict forms, symmetrically made), from letnik, perennials, including ornamental trees, shrubs, various types of conifers.
  • Mixborder is a flowerbed of elongated shape along paths enclosing structures, where plants are selected in height from the shorter to the higher, and in terms of flowering so as to look spectacularly for the majority of the vegetative period.

  • The parterre is a vast flower garden of strict form (square, rectangle), which occupies a central place in the garden, where the plants are planted with contrasting patterns.
  • Rabatka is a strip bordering paths where relatively low flowering plants create a distinct ornament.
  • Making a front garden implies planning flower gardens from the gate to the entrance of the house, with the presence of tapeworms (single plants that attract attention) to create a beautiful exterior of the cottage, viewed from the driveways.

When picking up plants for flowerbeds, consider the timing of flowering, so that some flowers are replaced by others, and the flowerbed is not empty. Keep in mind that each plant species has its own “early birds” and “owls”, i.e. varieties that bloom later with a difference of 2-3 weeks.

An important point in the breakdown of a flower bed, which must be taken into account, is the possibility of viewing it. Some flower beds assume a circular view, i.e. they are equally spectacular from several view points. Beds of planar type look better from elevations, are interesting for use in areas with slopes and terraces. Vertically and horizontally oriented flower gardens emphasize the necessary dominants, visually expand the space or add a dormancy to the dacha corner.

Where to begin

Having decided to create a decorative corner in your garden plot - a flower bed, you need to perform several successive operations:

  • Gather illustrative material (this will help magazines with schemes flower beds, sites on landscape design, gardening forums on the Internet).
  • Determine the desires and capabilities (what plants like, what will survive in a particular climate, what are the material resources allocated for the purchase of planting material).

To reduce financial costs will help the personal cultivation of the required number of copies of the seeds. This process takes more time, but does not hit the family wallet, especially if the area of ​​the flower beds is large, and the number of plants is approaching a hundred or more.

  • Break a flower bed, think over its fence (stone, wood, concrete, plastic, earthen groove separating the flower garden from the lawn).
  • Prepare the land for planting (add the necessary components of the soil, make the required fertilizers).
  • Create a scheme (own sketch), taking into account the size (height and width) of plants.
  • Deciding how to plant a flower bed - for growth or so that it looks good on the first day. Calculate the density of transplanting.
  • Place pots with plants on the square to check the correctness and harmony of their placement not on paper, but visually.
  • Planting, watering. Zamulchirovat open areas of land between plants, leaving clean land for 10-15 cm from the stalks (trunks).
  • Maintain plant survival rate (provide the necessary watering, shading, if the weather is very hot).
  • Enjoy the result and start building new plans.

What plants to choose

For the flower garden to charm guests and delight the family for a long time (for example, peonies and clematis grow in one place for several decades), select only climate-resistant, unpretentious plants. Having landed extremely liked, but demanding to care and shelters, poorly tolerated Russian winters specimens, you will carefully look after them.

However, after 3-5 years, removing dead bushes that have not survived the winter in spring, you will understand that there is no more strength to care for caprices. At this point, you will decide to replace all the "southerners" zoned ornamental plants. So why not immediately pay attention to those flowers that feel good in your climate?

The initial selection for beds of suitable planting material, varieties and species that are resistant to the climatic conditions of the region, has many advantages:

  • Facilitated care (no serious winter shelter is required).
  • Preservation of one’s own nervous system (no worries for poorly concealed or at the wrong time open plants, fear of vypryaniya, soaking, damage by moles or mice who like to host in the winter under shelters).
  • Lower financial costs (there are no costs for the purchase of new plants for replacement).
  • Labor costs have been reduced (there is no annual digging up of “dead” specimens and planting new ones in their place).
  • The neater appearance of flower beds in winter (smooth snowy spaces with shrubs covered with hoarfrost or snow caps look much more presentable than wooden boxes or arc structures throughout the site).

Every enthusiastic summer resident, who feels himself a landscape designer of a single plot, needs a rest. Without time to admire your own accomplishments, there will be no enjoyment of the task and suburban life in general. Therefore plant more unpretentious plants, they will allow to enjoy surrounding beauty more.

Fashion trends and custom solutions

Modern landscape design offers a wide variety of compositions of flower gardens of a country site. The main direction is “harmony in simplicity”. You can implement it in several ways.

Also an interesting technique is the creation of vertical flower beds. Strengthening floral containers on the walls of buildings and planting bright letniki in them will decorate dull corners of the garden, and creating columns with petunias placed all the way will add originality and rich aroma, turning an even stretch into a luxurious volumetric flower garden. Clematis planted near the old tree (you can use the species as more resistant to adverse conditions) will cover the trunk with a floral wave, delighting the summer resident with incessant flowering for 3 months.

Decorative registration of beds on the dacha

The rules of landscape design allow you to decorate flower beds with various decorations. Virtually any of them, with some effort, it is possible to do it yourself. Such a move is especially appropriate when arranging central flowerbeds, where a decorative element is viewed from all sides, as well as “secret corners” for relaxation, hidden from a direct view and full of intimate charm.

As a basis around which the composition of the flowerbed is formed, often use:

  • mosaic balls, bird feeders, sundials,
  • wooden snags, carts, logs, stumps, wheels,
  • sculptures,
  • mirrors
  • trellises, arches, curly designs,
  • plants with a dense crown, trimmed in the form of various shapes (topiary art).

Each of these elements is soloist in a flower bed. Plants of various sizes create a general background, and some specimens (for example, climbing roses) often perform with a decoration duet.

In addition to the central elements, a large role in the decoration of flower beds is played by:

  • fencing
  • solar lamps,
  • Mulching colored chips, different shades of gravel.

In the latter case, the alternation of multi-colored undulating stripes can emphasize an interesting form of flower beds or advantageously submit a bright plant.

The combination of beautiful and useful

Recently, in landscape design it has become to use decorative beds in a regular style instead of flower beds. Placing an artistically broken vegetable garden close to home allows you to enjoy a beautiful view, concentrated smells of spicy herbs and save time (everything you need for a salad is close by).

In the original (the French royal garden) the framing of the beds was made of trimmed boxwood. In our climate, this plant requires shelter for the winter, but even it does not guarantee survival. And his "deputy" - privet will take a long time to cut to keep the curb in perfect shape.

Therefore, when laying out flower beds according to the “ornamental garden” type, it is better to limit the creation of raised beds from timber, thick treated boards with a platband along the upper perimeter, or lay out walls made of slab stone.

Having laid an earthen composition inside the beds, it will only be necessary to plant garden plants in even rows or geometric patterns. Contrast patterns can be obtained by arranging different varieties of lettuce (green, red, lemon), purple and green basil, varieties of ornamental cabbage (it can be eaten), breaking the space into cells, using the border of radish or dill as a border.

Flowerbed continuous flowering - the perfect solution for the ceremonial flower garden

Breaking a flower bed at the entrance to the house, I want that he always looked attractive. The ideal solution would be to create a bed of continuous flowering.

To successfully create such a flower garden you need to consider a few rules:

  • On the flowerbed should be planted as perennial and annual flowers. And even shrubs.
  • You need to pick up plants with approximately the same requirements for humidity, light and watering.
  • There should not be plants - the aggressors (smyt decorative, sackcloth, periwinkle). Perennials that are easily inseminated (lupine, poppy, aquilegia) are also undesirable.

The next step in creating a bed of continuous flowering will be a plan diagram on paper. Drawing a plan, we define its contours. And also make a list of perennials and their location.

Here is an exemplary list of perennials by season:

Spring: snowdrop, crocus, splash, pushkinia, muscari, hionodoksa, hyacinth, tulip, narcissus, primrose, hellebore, saxifrage, daisy, hazel grouse, anemone, liverwort, eranthis.

Summer: Here is the largest selection of various perennials: aquilegia, delphinium, poppy, lily, kupena, chamomile, daylily, peony, aquilegia, host, carnation, lithnis, orebeckia, iris, phlox, cornflower, monarda, silverweed, stonecrop, milkweed, bell, geyhera .

Autumn: chrysanthemum, perennial aster, gelenium, goldenrod, sunflower, coreopsis.

You can also select groups of off-season plants that are attractive for a long time. This is primarily coniferous plants, spruce, mountain pine, juniper. It can also be attributed to decorative cereals, such as blue fescue, maned barley, miscanthus. Also all sorts of ferns are decorative all summer long.

The final list depends on the size of the future flower bed. But even if the size is large, you do not need to plant a large number of different perennials, it is better to let them be a little, but each will occupy a larger area. So we will avoid unnecessary diversity, which will significantly complicate the perception of the whole flower garden at once.

The resulting list of plants divided into two groups:

The first is plants with a short growing season. This is mainly spring bulbous plants. In their place should provide annual flowers. It is very good to plant plants forming a large green mass from a single root.

An ideal variant of such a plant is petunia. It can be planted a little to the side of the place where the bulbs are in the earth, and, expanding, it will completely close it.

All the remaining perennials will be assigned to the second group - they will not spoil the kind of flowerbed after flowering.

Having decided on the list of perennials and their features, we begin to place them on our own plan. To do this, number each with a sequence number of one, and so on. It is fashionable to even cut out rectangles or circles from paper and number them. Then lay them out on the plan, trying on different variants of plant placement.

When the plan is ready, then, most likely, some places will remain completely empty. Here we can help annuals. From annuals it is better to choose unpretentious, such as marigold high and low, annual asters, petunias, nasturtiums, annual dahlias.

All these perennials are characterized by low requirements for care and a variety of colors. This will allow you to choose plants that will be organically combined with existing perennials.

Then you can proceed directly to the preparation of the site. It is better to do this in late summer or early fall. Plot need to carefully dig, select all the weeds. Allow the soil to settle for about a week and start planting rhizomes and perennials.

If not all plants are available, their planting can be postponed until spring. But then those plants that are already planted with markers are desirable.

In the spring of next year we plant annuals. It is better to plant their seedlings, so it will be possible to plant the required number of copies on the places allotted to them.

In the full beauty of a bed of continuous flowering, it will be revealed only in a year, when all perennials will take root well and build up a good root system.

Flowerbed do it yourself

The best decoration of the suburban area is a flower bed made by your own hands. To create a flower bed that will please the eye and where everything will be in harmony, you need to work a little.

Make a plan by which you will act. Carefully pick the flowers, given the flowering time and terrain. It should be protected from strong wind and sun. After choosing a place, we prepare the soil, clearing weeds, remove the top layer of soil and fertilize it. It is good to add black earth, sand, loosen and make drainage.

One large flower bed often looks better than a few small ones, but this is a matter of taste.

Take a simple, better round or oval, or irregular shape, but without corners, unless you are a specialist designer, or you might get an unexpected result. Perennial plants are the best. Annuals are planted for novelty.

Flowers are planted from small to large, so large in the center, or in the background, if the flower bed is against the wall. In the colors adhere to a harmonious transition, so as not to hurt the eyes. Everything is good in moderation! A few bright accents are usually warm colors, and the rest is a background of cool colors.

Add white flowers, they dilute dyes, and black intensifies warm colors. Use the principle of maximum diversification. One period of flowering is undesirable, as it may be a colorful picture.

If you want to make a bed a hill, then in the center pour the ground about half a meter in height, and the lower level is about 10 cm from the gravel. A couple of weeks the land subsides, then you can start planting flowers.

Alpine slides are increasingly popular. They give maximum naturalness to the landscape. The philosophy of creating such slides requires the proper placement of all elements. For giving use stunted varieties of trees and shrubs. Bright plants are planted separately, and the background in small groups. Slide planted on top. In height - from low to high. All plants are sprinkled with pebbles and watered thoroughly.

The setting of the flower bed is no less important than herself. For decoration use various hedges, trimmed bushes, stones, etc. For decoration, you can also use different vases and figurines, which are sufficient for sale.

For compositions with juniper perfectly colored crushed stone is suitable. Weaving from branches has become fashionable.

Today, the variants of flowerbeds, equipped right in the tires, have become popular. About flower beds of tires read here.

You can make a bed in hemp.

Items of old household utensils, as never before will be useful in a flower bed! Handicrafts for the garden - it is fashionable and relevant. But before placing the utensils on the plot, bring it into a decorative look: clean, varnish it ... The main thing is that there is no chaos in the flowerbed or the plot where the flowers and bushes grow.

How to make a bed with their own hands from old chairs

You can decorate the fencing of the flower bed in several ways. Wooden fencing has some drawbacks:

  1. first, it quickly becomes unusable,
  2. secondly, it can become a haven for aphids and mites.

Wooden fence

An alternative could be a plastic mesh. This is quite a budget option, although not very durable. It is not recommended to use it if the soil in the area is loose, the border will quickly fall through. Solidity area will give the use of decorative or natural stones. Единственный минус такого решения – это стоимость, но внешний вид радовать будет долго не только вас, но и ваших гостей.

Целесообразно для ограждения использовать металлический оцинкованный бордюр. Он долговечен и менее дорогостоящий. Главное – чтобы вам понравился конечный результат ваших стараний.

Виды цветников

Flower beds differ in shape, size, timing of flowering, compositional combinations. Most often in the country used these types of flower beds:

    monocolonia have a different shape, but are always created from the same plant species,

It should be noted that vertical, suspended and multi-level compositions require not only constant care, but also high costs. In addition, the process of creating such a flower bed is very time consuming. The easiest way to lay an irregular or monotissue, and proper location and selection of plants will make it spectacular and attractive.

To create original flower gardens and flower beds, many craftsmen adapt any available materials. It can be old stumps, fallen tree trunks, car ramps, unwanted plastic barrels, wooden crates and even real cars that have become unusable. Borders from a natural stone, glass bottles, a wattled rod look very beautifully.

So that the composition always looks bright and fresh, and at the same time harmonizes with the surrounding landscape, you need to carefully select not only the shape of the flower bed and the materials for its laying, but also the plants themselves. Moisture-loving flowers should not be placed in small containers, especially pendant ones, where the soil dries out much faster. For vertical and arched designs you need to pick climbing vines with abundant flowering and lots of leaves. In the multi-level flower beds can not be planted tall dense plants in the foreground, otherwise they will close everything else.

Step 1. Choosing a place

Choosing a place under the flower bed is the most important stage. Much depends on what plants will be planted there: some flowers like open, well-lit areas, others prefer shade, the third needs a barrier from drafts and wind. Inadequate conditions reduce the decorativeness of flowers and the flower bed loses its attractiveness.

Step 2. Layout

When the place is selected, make the markup of the desired shape. It can be a circle, an oval, a square or a rectangle, any other geometric figure. The perimeter of the flower bed is designated by a twine stretched on pegs. If the soil on the plot is soft, not overgrown with grass, you can simply outline the contours with a sharp rod.

Step 3. Preparing the pit

Inside the perimeter, choose a shovel layer of earth to a depth of 20-30 cm. For drainage, the bottom is laid out with rubble, broken brick or stone, well leveled and tamped. If at the site the groundwater is too high, before laying the drainage, the bottom is lined with a film or roofing felt, the edges of which are taken out and temporarily reinforced with stones.

Step 4. Border design

Now you need to arrange the walls of the flower garden: using cement mortar around the perimeter of the pit stack curb of stones. If the site is completely overgrown with grass, a shallow trench 15 cm wide is dug around the pit and filled with fine gravel or gravel.

Step 5. Planting

When the solution hardens, the flower garden is filled with fertile soil and left for 1-2 weeks. During this time, the soil will condense a little and settle, so you have to pour more black soil. Then it remains only to plant flowers and level the soil.

Border can be made not only from stones or bricks, the edging of bottles, dug down with a neck, from short wooden rods, from neatly cut plates looks great. If a composition is created from several beds at once, the borders should be the same.

Flower beds on stumps and old trunks

If there are old dried trees on the plot, they will be an excellent material for small, beautiful flower gardens. You can use not only trunks, but also stumps, as well as round cuts of thick branches. So, a tree is cut down, leaving a stump with a height of 30 to 70 cm. With the help of improvised tools they knock out a recess from above so that the flowers can root well. On the one hand, a through hole is drilled through which excess moisture will flow.

The walls of the stump must remain sufficiently thick, otherwise the tree will begin to break down faster under the influence of moisture. Another important point: if the cause of the death of the tree was a disease, and not old age or the influence of external factors, you cannot use it for a flower garden. The disease can turn into flowers, and all efforts will be in vain. In any case, processing the stump with protective equipment will not be superfluous.

The finished stump is filled with fertile soil and left for ten days. When the soil has settled, add more, slightly compacted and leveled. After that, you can start planting. When choosing flowers, the diameter and height of the stump should be taken into account: it is enough to plant a couple of tulip or narcissus bulbs in small ones and plant some small perennial, but on the stumps of large diameter there will be a whole flower arrangement. In the stumps with a height of 0.5 m, ampelous flowers or low-growing vines look great.

Trunks of trees are also easy to adapt to decorate the dacha. The length and diameter of the barrel does not matter.

So, the process of making a flower bed from a log has the following order:

  • the tree is cut from both sides, sawn off branches,
  • if necessary, remove the bark,
  • departing from the edge of 15-20, see on the trunk make a cross cut with a hacksaw,
  • from the other end perform the same actions
  • the wood between the cuts is knocked out to make a container in the form of a trough,
  • the bottom is drilled in 2-3 places, the inner walls are treated with an antiseptic,
  • fill the inside of the logs with soil and compact them a little.

After a few days, the soil needs to be filled in, and after that you can plant flowers.

Originally looks like a flower garden, created from the cuts of the old acacia. For this, a tree trunk is sawn into several parts with a thickness of 20 cm. The bark is necessarily left, it gives the composition a natural look. Cut down the middle of the cuts, leaving a thin bottom. If you could not do it carefully, and the bottom was broken, you should fill the bottom with a piece of plywood or a wide board.

They form a flower garden: on a flat rammed platform they lay out three saws so that they touch each other closely. Fill them with fertile soil and sprinkle with large wood shavings or chips. From above establish one more saw cut, having it exactly in the center of composition. The upper cut is also filled with soil and start planting plants. It is important to pick flowers correctly. So that they combine with each other and do not close the walls of the flower garden.

Flowerbed of the overturned barrel

These original flower beds are a good solution for hilly areas. Virtually any elongated container is suitable for creating a composition. It can be a plastic and wooden barrel, an aluminum can, buckets of different sizes. Moreover, the container fits even with damage, because only one side is visible.

Choose a suitable elevation and slightly dig out its top. Put the barrel or bucket on its side and carefully dropping to the capacity does not move. Inside they line the bottom with a mulch film and fill in the soil. The slope located at the opening of the barrel is loosened carefully, cleaned of weeds and also covered with floral soil. When the ground settles, you can plant low-growing flowers.

To create a spreading puddle effect, it is recommended to plant creeping and ampelous plants with white or blue flowers. For example, if you use an aluminum can and white daisies, it looks as if milk is poured from a fallen can and turns into flowers.

Petunias look beautiful in a flower garden, as well as colorful violets and small carnations. You can use the old unwanted wheelbarrow: it is installed on one side of the hill, slightly tilted so that the bottom edge rests on the top, and strengthens with improvised means. Then they fill the wheelbarrow with earth, and at the same time prepare the soil on the hill. Plants are planted over the entire surface of the dais and in the car itself, the flowers are best used bright and multi-colored.

Flower beds for practical owners

Not every summer cottage has a beautiful landscape and fertile soils. Sometimes you have to spend years on upgrading the area, and here it is not up to the flower beds. It is especially difficult if the soil at the dacha is too exhausted - in such conditions normal development of plants is out of the question. And yet, there is a good way to decorate the yard and at the same time restore the soil.

Choose a place under the flower bed, clean it from debris and stones, if necessary, dub. Next, you need the old slate, boards, or even wood blocks from sawed trees. They mark the borders of the flowerbeds, dig a shallow groove along the perimeter. Slate sheets are installed in the groove and temporarily reinforced with struts. Boards can be knocked down into shields from 0.7 m in height, so it will be more convenient to enclose a flower garden.

When the walls are installed and fixed, it is possible to fill the structure. On the bottom throw small branches, weeds, sawdust, dry grass - everything that interferes with the site. Do not throw stones, debris, insoluble waste. Having filled the future flower garden for 2/3, they pour clay on top, add some sand and pour water abundantly on it. Then another layer of weeds is laid, and then all is covered up to the top with earth. Again, pour water and leave for a week or two.

To the walls of the flower bed is not spread to the sides, they can be tied with wire. After two weeks, the contents will settle down a bit, so you need to add more land. In this form, this flower bed should stand until spring, periodically it must be watered with water in order to speed up the process of rotting of branches and weeds. For these purposes, from time to time you need to pierce the earth with a sharp metal rod, trying to stick as deep as possible.

In the spring, the upper layer is slightly loosened, more earth is sprinkled and flowers are planted. To close the walls of the flower bed, you should choose climbing unpretentious plants with abundant growth. After 2-3 years, the lower layer completely rottes and settles a little more. The soil in the flower garden will be enriched with organic matter, so the flowers will get everything you need. If desired, it will be possible to remove the walls and make garden beds from the flower bed.

Adding an article to a new collection

Sometimes even the most creative gardeners can run out of ideas on how to decorate flowerbeds in an original way with their own hands. We talk about the most interesting trends in landscape design in the field of flower beds.

When planning the flower beds in the garden, pay attention to the fact that it is important to consider not only the color combinations, but also the proportionality of the plant forms, as well as the harmonious arrangement of the flower garden on the site.

Gardening composition of snags, stumps and old tree trunks, decorated with flowers, called rutarium (from the English. Root - root). This option of flower garden design is popular not only because of its impressive appearance, but also because of its cheapness: everything you need for a rutarium can be found right on a country site or in the nearest forest.

Having chosen a wood material of an unusual form, treat it with a protective agent against rotting. Place the snag or stump in the garden so that the future flower garden looks appropriate. Rutarium looks harmonious:

  • at the entrance to the garden
  • by the pond
  • next to the gazebo
  • in the far corner of the garden (especially fancy snags).

To make an unusual pot from the stump, remove the core, process the tree with a protective agent, add soil and plant a plant inside the recess. The flowering stump looks charming and attracts attention.

Chamomile, periwinkle, fern, phlox, cornflower, petunia, marigold are ideal for decorating a rutarium.

Tapeworm is a large plant that is planted separately from others in the garden (isolated from the French solitaire). This design technique is aimed at drawing attention to a particular landing, creating an accent.

Trees and tall shrubs are traditionally used for solitary planting in classic landscape design. Particularly popular isolated landing acquired in the era of Romanticism. Individuality and solitude, which symbolize the plants-tapeworms, were very significant at that time. A powerful oak tree, growing alone in a park or a manor, aimed the beholder at long reflections on his place in this world.

Nowadays, tapeworms are being actively used in relatively small areas of household plots. For decoration flower garden in the country, use as a tapeworm peony, daylily, irises, a magnificent center, large stonecrop, grassy grasses.

Large vertical plants are also good in solitary landings: mullein (ordinary, hybrid, violet) and castor oil.

Since the goal of the tapeworm is always to be noticeable, pick up plants that bloom at different times of the year so that the garden does not lose its decorative effect as long as possible.

The continuous planting of plants of several varieties of the same or different species in a flower garden is called an array. Such flowerbeds are often found in city parks, as a fairly large area is needed to create a flower garden-array.

However, in a small garden you can organize a massive landing. Decorate the wall or corner bed with large flowers. If the flower garden is in a place protected from direct sunlight, choose mallow, rudbeckia, lily (high varieties) or delphinium.

The long shoots of these tall plants will look very impressive in combination with lower flowers. Arrange the flowers tier - this will give the composition a volume. For the background suitable suit sown in small groups of the Loose-of-the-Lewish and Dotted Loose-Of-The-Bruce Kostey.

In order to frame a flower garden or select a part of a flower bed, a border is a perfect fit - a continuous strip of low-growing plants that serves to designate the boundaries of the composition. Also with the help of the border, you can create geometric patterns.

Ideal plants for creating a curb on a summer cottage: marigold, yarrow, ageston Houston, and also violets loved by many summer residents.

Ornamental plants - a great option for an unusual flower garden-border. Irezine, coleus, ornamental cabbage, seaside gooseberry and other plants with leaves of unusual color or shape are in no way inferior to their flowering counterparts.

5. Bouquet landing

Planting clumps of plants called bouquets, because the flowers, growing as if in small bushes, really resemble beautiful bouquets. Interestingly, to create such a flower bed, it is not necessary to use shrubs - herbaceous plants planted in groups will also fit: a bleeding plant, daylily, peonies.

To prevent the curtain from creeping out and looking neater, use plastic curb tape.

Bouquet planting of flowers, depending on the place in the garden, selected for their cultivation, is conventionally divided into wall (tree trunks) and free-growing. In group plantings, petunias, phloxes, astilbeas, and carantuses look good.

Curtains are characteristic of landscaped gardens (English) style. In the garden of the regular (French) style, such planting looks a bit out of place.

6. Hedge

To create a hedge on the site, select climbing plants, for example, creepers. Use vertical supports so that the plants can twist them - so you get a beautiful green screen.

Among perennial vines suitable for the formation of hedges, the most unpretentious:

  • actinidia
  • girlish grapes
  • common hops
  • honeysuckle.

A little more capricious are the flowering princes and clematis.

Among the annual lianas that allow you to create temporary screens in the garden, climbing climbers, nasturtium, beans, ipomoea are popular. These plants rather quickly braid their support provided with their shoots.

7. Flowers on the lawn

For lawn restoration, sowing of damaged areas or transplanting healthy turf to the place of spoiled one are traditionally used. But why not plant on ground lawns that require restoration, ground cover plants? They will add a variety of garden, while not requiring special care.

For decorating the lawn using periwinkle, shaver, arabis, live creep, geyheru. You can also plant the above-mentioned vines, but do not install a support, but allow them to crawl to the sides, pulling the problem areas of the lawn with shoots.

8. Rocky flower garden

If you want to make rockeries or rock gardens with your own hands, be careful when choosing plants. For rocky beds suitable for sun-resistant and able to survive on depleted soil plants.

These requirements correspond to ground cover plants. Some beautifully braid boulders of rockeries (arabis, aubriet), others form an interesting "pillow" among the stones (dredge, carnation).

To create an accent in rock gardens or rock arias, use drought-resistant grass species: stonecrop, rhodiola.

9. Flowerbed by the pond

If you have a small pond on the plot, make a coastal flower bed. To do this, pick up plants that live comfortably near water. To create accents in the composition with an artificial pond on the site, place 2-3 groups of plants in shallow water or along the coastline.

Use vertical plants to create a contrast of planting with the water. Suitable calamus, rogoz, irises, marigold, bathing gadget, camelbed.

10. Pots in the garden

Растения в кашпо красиво смотрятся не только на крыльце дома и во дворе дачного участка, но и в саду. Выбирая цветы для контейнерной посадки, ориентируйтесь на то, как растение чувствует себя в ограниченном объеме почвы.

Традиционно в кашпо выращивают плетистые однолетники, которые не только быстро растут, но и долго цветут:

Также для цветника в кашпо хороши растения с длинными и крупными листьями дугообразной формы: хосты и папоротники.

And how do you like to make flower gardens in your garden? Share photos of your beautiful flower beds in the comments!

The main principles of creating flowerbeds do it yourself

City dwellers, who for the first time break free into country life, often have no idea how to properly arrange their site. Fortunately, mistakes in gardening are not terrible - you can always replace not liked plants. But why add yourself the hassle and financial costs, if everything can be done correctly?

Landscape plot plan

Even a small courtyard requires an elaborate landscape plan. Otherwise, it will turn from a work of art into a lush, but tasteless flower bed. You can contact the professionals who prepare the project of landscape design based on specific data on the location and size of the site.

And you can view the photos of the sites of other owners, to get ideas for creating your own masterpiece.

In the latter case, the main principles of landscape design should be followed:

    Equilibrium. All sides of the courtyard should be equivalent, without a margin in any of the parts. In practice, this means not to overload the center of the lawn in front of a multi-tiered flowerbed, leaving the far corner of the yard empty.

Harmony The garden should like, first of all, its owners. But do not try to fit into it a pond, a fountain, a sundial and rockeries - if the area is not the size of a hectare. There must be free space so that the abundance of plants does not create "pressure" on the rest.

  • Moderation. The number of beds should not clutter up the area, but only to zone it. So, a narrow courtyard is better divided into several zones, so as not to create the effect of a long corridor with a path in the middle. In a square garden, round flower beds and curved lines would be appropriate.
  • Seasonality. The garden should look beautiful not only in summer, but also in winter. Juicy greens or ocher colors of autumn leaves will make any area attractive. But the bare branches and black empty flower beds will make melancholy. Therefore, it is imperative to include in the composition evergreen trees and bushes with bright non-falling foliage - barberry, juniper and boxwood.

  • Color combination. Bright colors should be interspersed with calm greens, while it is not necessary to combine more than three primary colors on one flowerbed. The abundance of flowering plants, located chaotically and without a well-thought-out scheme, is associated with the flower layout on the market.
  • Points of attention. Every garden should have several interesting objects that will attract the eye. It can be made from an old dresser bed or hidden in the corner of a secluded gazebo, braided wild grapes. The main thing - such objects should not be evident immediately, but to attract attention and excite the desire to consider them.

    When the approximate plan of the site is ready, you need not be lazy, having studied the conditions of maintenance and the species in a mature state of the selected plants. After all, even a rock garden created by professionals will require constant and proper care, which the amateur gardener will not cope with.

    And the mast pine on three acres is not a good choice.

    Basic rules for flower beds

    After the places for arranging flowerbeds are selected, you can start by planning their composition. It also has its own features:

    • plants are selected by type of soil,
    • conditions of care and maintenance should be similar,
    • it is allowed to use commensal plants - when one plant benefits from the existence of another, but does not harm it,
    • flowerbed should look beautiful all year round.

    So, you can not plant on the same bed with the common soil of the plant, loving sour and alkaline soils. On the other hand, flowers that require highly acidic soil can grow in the soil of medium acidity, although they will look somewhat weaker. For example, in a bed with an alkaline soil, you can plant maple trees, hawthorn, mountain ash, decorate it with shrubs of barberry, boxwood and meadowsweet, and sow low-flowering plants at the edges - snapdragons, cloves or cornflowers.

    Flowers on the same flower bed should like the same conditions - humidity, the presence of the sun and the top or bottom watering. So, mosses and lichens require constant moist soil and grow best in the shade. Azalea also loves moisture, and in the open sun can burn. So they perfectly complement each other and can be planted along the fence or under the canopy of sprawling catalpa.

    At the same time, roses do not tolerate over-watering, so it’s better to plant them separately from all other plants and water them individually, pouring water directly under the bush.

    If you want to combine high and low plants, you can plant stunted evergreen trees, and under them - primroses, aquilegia and polonerium. The spreading crown will create sufficient shade even in the middle of the courtyard, the flowers will bring a variety of bright colors.

    If you plan a high bed at the entrance, you need to think about how it will look at any time of the year. Here annual and lush flowering plants will do: in the spring and in the summer, the eyes are pleased with sulphines and petunias, in the fall with chrysanthemums, and in the winter in the flowerbed you can dress up a low artificial Christmas tree or put decorative figures.

    Errors novice gardeners

    Whoever made no mistakes - he never designed his garden on his own. But you can learn from the mistakes of others! So, what should not do novice gardener:

      You should not try to fill the void in flowerbeds only perennial plants. The young garden will constantly grow and in a few years, five barberry bushes interspersed with juniper will fill the entire flowerbed. It is better to fill the empty space with annual flowers - their number can be adjusted every year depending on the need.

    No need to plant plants randomly, without a clear view of the future picture. Firstly, it creates a sloppy look, and secondly, some flowers will simply be lost against the rest. For example, rose bushes that are planted in pairs — white with pale pink or red with maroon — look very advantageous. In addition, roses create an excellent background for undersized flowers.

    You can not choose flowers only on the form of inflorescences. So, dahlias look beautiful in a bouquet, but in a flowerbed they must be tied up and planted in the far line. Asters and chrysanthemums also need to choose the shape of the bushes, but the petunias and carnations can be easily selected by flowers.

    It is extremely undesirable to make flowerbeds from the color mixtures of one plant. It is better to choose several colors and make interesting patterns. In this case, it is desirable to avoid straight lines - winding, round or geometric shapes will look more original.

    Very often, flowerbeds are planted with plants, which bloom in one period. It is better to avoid such a situation, choosing a composition in such a way that the plants can bloom from early spring to late autumn.

    For example, the first appear snowdrops, then the period of tulips begins, and after them the daylily leaves and peonies bloom.

    And so that the economic hand is visible, the flowerbed should be regularly thinned out, removing the faded and dead parts. A few yellowed inflorescences on hydrangea are enough to make the flower garden look untidy. If regular care is problematic, it is better to focus on evergreen and coniferous plants.

    Bottle fences

    This option is suitable for unpretentious summer residents and city dwellers who want to arrange a house plot. A low borduerchik protects the flower garden from the encroachments of unscrupulous dog lovers - animals are much smarter than people and often don’t try to cross even through such low fences. And the very fact of the curb says that they take care of this flowerbed.

    For bottle fence will need:

    • glass or plastic bottles, preferably 1.5 l,
    • garden shovel or hoe,
    • sand (if there is not enough loose soil),
    • paint - paint the finished curb, if the bottles are mixed.

    The procedure is quite simple, it is even possible to attract children to cultivate diligence in them:

    1. Labels are removed from the bottles - for greater aesthetics.
    2. Sand or earth is poured into bottles to make the fence stable.
    3. The plot is under the curb. The earth is loosened to the depth of the bottleneck.
    4. Bottles begin to press into the ground neck down so that they plunge to one third. You can also dig a trench, put the bottles with their necks down and cover them with earth.

  • When the ground around the fence is rammed, dirt is swept away from the bottles and can be painted.
  • Original look high beds of bottles. They are placed on a thick solution of cement, the first layer should be placed in the recess or on the base - so that the bottles do not disperse. Each tier from the inside is filled with concrete so that the neck is in the solution. And so that the concrete does not flow into the circle, make internal formwork. The only disadvantage of this solution is to find identical glass bottles is quite difficult.

    Tire Basics

    Tires - the most popular bases for country and urban flower beds. Strong, durable and useless. Their appearance is rather unassuming, but by showing a bit of imagination, you can create really interesting courtyard decorations.

    Multi-tiered beds made up of several tires look good. In this case, you can take tires of different diameter, radius and width. If you want to make a variety of old wheels can be painted, but it is better not to get involved in variegated colors, stopping in white or green. So the basis of the flowerbed will not distract attention from the colors themselves.

    Original compositions from old things

    What some consider to be rubbish, gardeners can turn into real works of art! For example, an old vintage pot stand is made from an old chair. Complementing the composition of the rest of the set, you get the original flower bed. This is definitely not one of the hostess!

    Any old stuff will go into business. Even a suitcase without a handle can come in handy again.

    If there is an old dresser at home, it should not be thrown away under any circumstances! It will be an excellent decoration of the blank stone wall in the far corner of the garden.

    But, inhaling new life in old things, it is important to carefully treat them with antiseptic solutions that prevent rotting. And then the original flower beds will become the hallmark of the house!

    Beautiful and versatile flower beds

    Difficult flower beds look much more profitable on any site. But even if there is no desire to bother with capital construction, you can make beautiful vertical flowerbeds from pots.

    To do this, you will need the pots themselves and one metal rod. The pots begin to be strung on it through the drainage hole and themselves take the desired slope.

    Another kind of convenient and simple flower beds - a column of petunias. It can be moved on a stand with wheels throughout, and it’s easy to disassemble for the winter. The device will need a grid, a large pot, black spunbond, cable tie and a lot of seedlings of petunias or sulphines.

    Creating a brick fence

    Brick flowerbed allows you to profitably zone the space and is suitable for both large and small courtyards. This is also a great option for flower lovers who don’t want to waste their time cutting the lawn.

    Making such a flower bed is easy, but long:

      Marked territory for future bumpers. Trenches are dug under the brickwork with a half-brick width and a depth of 30 cm. 10 cm of gravel and 15 cm of sand are poured to the bottom. Each layer is poured with plenty of water and well compacted.

    For a bed to fill the foundation is not necessary. The bricks begin to stack right on the lined sand pillow. The solution will require 1 kg of cement per 3 kg of sand, add enough water so that the solution does not stick to the trowel, does not spread, but does not crumble.

  • Laying is done standard, with a break of half a brick. Despite the fact that this is just a flowerbed, it is better to check the flatness of the masonry level.
  • When the fence is folded, it will take at least a day for the mortar to harden. Then you can fall asleep the ground and start gardening!
  • Brick fencing for flowerbeds can be assembled without solution. But it does not look so neat, and even more likely that such a structure will collapse over time.

    If you do not want to engage in mixing concrete, the flower bed can be framed with low stone sides.

    Laying stone curbs without mortar

    The easiest option border - oblique laying brick.

    To do this, a small ditch is dug around the perimeter of the flower garden and bricks are laid into it. The advantage of this solution - the flower bed can always be increased or changed its shape. When after a couple of years, the curb begins to grow over with grass, it is easy to remove, clean and lay it down.

    A more complex version of borders - laying of shale stone.

    To prevent the stones from moving down, it is still better to fix them with a small amount of cement. But even without him, it is quite possible to do. Such a curb is placed on the ground, from which the upper grass layer has been removed. The rows are stacked gradually, and the flatness of the laying is determined by the stretched twine.

    Another option of stone fencing - laying of crushed stone.

    To lay it securely, the lower large stones fit into a previously excavated trench. The second layer of stones begins to stack after the earth is poured into the flower bed. It will fix already laid stones and allow you to install the top.

    Flower-gabions are becoming increasingly popular.

    Their device is quite simple: you can buy ready-made cells and fill them with stones or assemble the base yourself. To do this, you will need to dig a trench 25 cm deep, lay the bottom with geotextiles, install a solid mesh of the desired height and cover the trench with gravel and sand. To prevent gabions from staggering, reinforcing rods are dug in every 50 cm. And the mesh sections are treated with an anti-corrosion compound.

    So that the grid is not bursting with stones, it is tightened with hooks every 25 cm in height.

    They can be purchased or made the most of hard wire. The finished gabions are closed cells, for which they received their name. Self-made flower beds can be left open simply by pouring stones “with a slide”.

    The flower bed can be made even from waste of a professional flooring after installation of a fence! The video shows a simple and fast way to arrange a beautiful bunk bed:

    Beautiful flower beds for the garden

    A flower bed made by yourself is one of the best ways to decorate a plot, add originality and expressiveness to it. A beautiful flower bed will become the most attractive corner of your yard, and perhaps even a kind of connecting link that unites a house, garden, plants and farm buildings into a single harmonious composition. You can use for the manufacture of flower beds absolutely any materials, even the most unusual.

    Beautiful flower bed with their own hands

    Original flower bed

    Regardless of the attractiveness of flower beds, in which there is no fence, will look unfinished. The fenced flowerbed will immediately change, become more accurate. Such fences, by the way, are necessary not only to mark the borders, but also for many other purposes - for example, they prevent the spread of plants (especially ground cover) over the site. In addition, the sides protect the fragile shoots from pets walking around the site.

    Fencing for a bed of stones

    Flowerbed from an old car

    Of course, today ready-made forms and fencing for flowerbeds made of wood, stone, plastic and even metal are sold, but after construction / repair work there is always excess building materials, pipe trimming, wood, pieces of bricks - in short, everything that can be used to make lovely flower beds. For example, remnants of linoleum or metal tiles can serve as fences.

    Arrangement of flowers on the site

    Polyethylene packaging is a real problem for a responsible summer resident. The solution could be the use of plastic bottles to create flower beds. Such a solution is recommended for areas where there are many moles - the bottles from which the flower fence is made will become a serious obstacle for pests. You can even alternate bottles of different colors to make the composition look more colorful.

    Note! Before digging it is advisable to fill the bottles with sand or soil - so they will not be deformed and become more stable.

    The idea of ​​using an unattended bath

    Elegant flower bed in the cart

    New life of old things - we use improvised means!

    People often transport unnecessary things to the cottage. Various chests, drawers, chairs, shoes and clothes - all this lives here the last days, to finally crack or burn in a fire. But from the old things, too, you can make beautiful and original flower beds!

    How to make a beautiful original flower bed from scrap materials

    Some flowers spend the winter in the apartment, and on the site they are transported only in summer. Но они не обязательно должны высаживаться в землю – вы можете оставить их непосредственно в ящике, а затем, когда наступит осень, перенести назад в дом.

    Еще ящики могут применяться при создании вертикальных клумб. Подобные условия идеально подходят для свисающих культур и суккулентов. Можете повесить такие конструкции на стену, ограждение или иную вертикальную поверхность.

    The box with plants can be used as a bed for vertical gardening

    If you have crates of drawers from old dressers or cabinets, do not rush to send them to the dump - instead, use them to organize a compact flower bed. The color and shape of the boxes may be different, as well as the overall style. But they will all be harmoniously combined in colors.

    Using drawers from old nightstands, tables, dressers

    Treasure Chest

    Sometimes even such seemingly useless things as old shoes can gain new life. You can plant flowers there, and then hang your shoes somewhere (even for laces). At the same time, the older the shoes, the better - there will definitely not be stagnation of water in leaky shoes.

    Old shoes as a flower bed

    Bright flower garden from old shoes

    Another option to create an original flower bed is to use an old iron cage. Plant curly cultures in it and hang it on a tree or inside a gazebo.

    Flowerbed of old metal mesh

    Very unusual flower beds are made from glass wine bottles. With this you are guaranteed to surprise guests! But proceed carefully, separating the bottom, otherwise you can cut yourself.

    Mini-beds - a small garden right in the glass bottle

    A small, but very functional flower bed can come out of a piece of burlap. Make a bag of material, hang, for example, on some pillar. What is characteristic, it is suitable for both flowering crops and fragrant herbs (you can add the latter to tea directly from the “bed”).

    Bag of old burlap as a flower bed

    To create flower beds can be used and those things that just lie on the street. A vivid example is a dilapidated log. Take it, cut a longitudinal groove and plant flowers there (this option will be described in more detail below).

    A flower bed from an old log

    Stump, from which it was not possible to get rid of, can also turn into a flower bed. Wire pots to it, plant spectacular flowing flowers there.

    If a stump remains from a felled tree, which you did not dare to uproot, you can make an excellent flowerbed on it

    But another option - milk river, as if pouring out of the can. But in this case it is very important that the green background is monotonous.

    Flowerbed in the form of a milk river

    Is your old bike no longer a means of transportation? But you can turn it into a zest of your garden! Paint it, and instead of the trunk, install a container with flowers.

    Old bike as a flower bed

    Non-standard solution for a mobile flower garden

    The following example is a complete composition. Combine old garden tools with flowers, experiment.

    Composition with garden tools

    A massive stone vase will also look good in the form of a flower bed. As an option - you can use for this purpose a large pot of clay (this can stand in the open air for several seasons).

    As a flower bed will look great old huge stone vases

    Today, mailboxes are almost never used, but you should not throw out your own! Make such a compact flowerbed of it and hang it on the gate.

    Flowerbed from the mailbox

    The bed in the image below can be considered a full-fledged flower garden. The composition is complemented by a mosaic floor and a chest of drawers.

    Flower arrangement with a bed

    An old iron bed is a great base for a luxurious flower garden.

    Tiered flower bed of large stones

    Multi-tiered flower garden

    Master Class. Vertical flower bed with their own hands

    Vertical flower beds have become increasingly popular in recent years. Consider a small step by step instructions for making such a flower bed using multi-colored flowers. The best option for the composition is, of course, petunias.

    Vertical flower bed of the pot

    The work will require the following consumables:

    • wire mesh
    • seedlings of flowers
    • plastic screeds
    • soil mixture for flowering crops
    • big flower pot
    • strong cellophane.

    After preparing all the necessary get to work. For the convenience of visitors, the information is given in a table.

    Table No1. Instructions for creating a vertical garden bed.

    Take durable cellophane and wrap wire mesh with it.

    Using all the same plastic straps, attach the edges of the film to a vertical base.

    Pour the obtained form with a prepared soil mixture for flowering crops.

    Also fill the soil with a flower pot (thanks to this, the wire mesh will be more stable).

    Cut holes in the film for planting flowers. Be sure to do it in a checkerboard pattern.

    Plant flowers in the holes, then gently pour them.

    Also, plant a few plants on top (also after watering them) to make the composition look complete.

    Regularly water the finished vertical flowerbed, timely fertilize. In this case, it will look the same as in the photo (or even better!).

    Master Class. Flowerbed "Palette" do it yourself

    We are all artists in our souls, and therefore we must be creative in the creation of something beautiful (including an ordinary garden flower bed).

    Flowerbed "Palette" do it yourself

    To make such a flower bed yourself, decide for a start with the flowers that will decorate it.

    First you need to decide on the colors

    In addition, you will need pots in which the seedlings will be transplanted and where it will bloom throughout the summer.

    Flower pots

    Still prepare a rake and a shovel - they will also be required.

    Rake and shovel

    As a base, you can use a sheet of plywood, foam (not recommended, because the material is light, it can be blown away) or a furniture board.

    Basis for future flower beds

    To fix the base in advance, prepare the clamp.

    You also need paint or stain, varnish.

    Painting materials

    So, first take a base and draw a palette on it with a marker.

    After that, cut out the shape using an electric jigsaw.

    Something like this should look like a finished base.

    After that make fixings. The sample drawing below shows how they should look.

    Approximate drawing mounts

    For the manufacture of flower bed mounts, use the bars.

    Materials for the manufacture of fasteners

    Making a second mount

    Using clamps, attach fasteners to the base of the future flower beds.

    Mount mounted on base

    Using a trim pipe, you can make a stand for the rake and shovels.

    Shovel and Rake Stands

    Another photo of coasters

    After this, decorate garden tools - for example, paint them in peas or paint in one color.

    Shovel and rake need to decorate

    Then take the base of the flowerbed and, if you used a furniture board or plywood, make a stain and then varnish.

    The main part of the flowerbed, if it is made of plywood or furniture board, is covered with stain and then varnished

    Wait until the cover is dry, and set the pots with flowers. Everything, beautiful flowerbed "Palette" is ready with your own hands!

    Master Class. Flowerbed "Turtle" of car tires do it yourself

    We offer another interesting option to create a beautiful garden flower bed. Step by step instructions are below.

    Table number 2. Instructions for making flower beds "Turtle".

    Ready bed of tires will look something like this.

    In the tire, which is without steel cord, cut the bead on both sides and cut into four identical fragments.

    As a result, you should get such elements from which the paws will be made.

    Cut a pair of rectangular sections on each of the blanks.

    As a result, the workpiece should look like this.

    The second tire from which the torso will be made may be slightly larger. Mark it into six identical parts, make a cut on the border of the sidewall and tread - one narrow (for the tail), one round (for the head) and four wide (for the feet).

    Insert the previously made paws into the corresponding slots, fix each one using two self-tapping screws.

    Here is another photo from another angle.

    Connect the edges of each paw as shown in the image: on the one hand - with a self-tapping screw, and on the other - with a wire bracket (by analogy with a stapler). As a result, near the torso paw will be narrow, but on the other hand - voluminous.

    Take a piece of tire, make a tail of it and attach it with the same screws.

    For the manufacture of the head can use a bottle from under the sprayer.

    The hole for the head that you made earlier should be such that it itself is located at an angle of 45 degrees. Mount the bottle with a screw (it should go right through, as in the image).

    The assembled flowerbed should look like this.

    Paint a flower bed (you can in two colors, as in the example). Elements of protectors can be used to underline the texture of the turtle. If the tires are “bald”, create your own design.

    Color the head too. The turtle, as you can see, is pretty smiling. Everything, flower bed is ready (wait only until the paint dries)!

    Beds of annuals - schemes

    Flowers for flower beds are selected by color, varieties and many other factors. And to make flowerbeds from annuals, the schemes of which you will find in the article yourself, you do not need to have the skills of a landscape designer. The main thing is to calculate everything correctly even before the work begins and to familiarize yourself with the basic rules for creating flowerbeds.

    Master Class. A bed of logs with their own hands

    For the manufacture of such a composition you need these consumables:

    • log (diameter - 40-50 cm, length - about 200 cm),
    • flower seedlings
    • gravel,
    • primer,
    • film.

    Flowerbed from a log

    Original flower bed from a log with your own hands photo

    In addition, the work will need:

    • simple scissors
    • chainsaw (can be electric),
    • wooden hammer
    • bit.

    So, everything is ready, you can proceed directly to work.

    Table number 3. Instructions for creating a flower bed from an old log.

    First, clear one side of the log from the bark (this is where the chisel comes in handy).

    On one side of the log, make cross-cuts with a step of 50 cm and a depth of about of its diameter.

    Cut off a part of the log from the side where the cuts were made so that the result is a longitudinal surface.

    Carve cuts on this surface as shown in the image.

    Using a chisel, remove sawed wood pieces and make a kind of “trough”.

    Cut the film with the scissors according to the shape of the “trough”, then lay it down.

    Place gravel on top of the film and a thin layer of fertile soil on top.

    Plant a seedling of flowers and enjoy the beauty obtained!

    A flower bed of logs

    Master Class. Floating flower bed with their own hands

    A floating flower bed is a kind of plant island moving through a pond. It looks amazing, and to make such a flower bed at home is quite simple. In fact, it is a plastic or wooden base with a sealing grid and a soil for planting flowers laid on top. Instead of soil, you can even use pebbles or hydrogel, but it is important that aquatic inhabitants and other plants are already in the pond (they indicate the presence of nutrients).

    Floating flower bed with their own hands

    What plants are suitable for this? In principle, any, but be sure to consider the swimming capacity of the structure, because too large plants can easily flood the islet. Also note that it is better to give preference to crops that love moisture (sedge, lilies, papyrus, variegated potted flowers or ornamental grass).

    Another example of a floating flower bed

    How to decorate a pond with a floating flowerbed

    Floating flower bed today is sold in many specialized stores, but if you wish, you can do it yourself.

    Flowerbed afloat made with your own hands

    First, decide what material will be used in the manufacture of the island. Dimensions determine yourself, as well as the depth of immersion (preferably about 7 cm from the bottom). Note that the soil should not be washed out with water. Use gravel to adjust the depth of the dive.

    1. Ready pallet (or, alternatively, mesh pot) can be bought in the store.
    2. Also, the container can be made of planks (you get a small box with holes), treated with impregnation to protect against moisture. Such a box must be laid spunbond or geotextile, and then filled up with a drainage layer and soil.
    3. The third option is the use of plastic bottles. They need to be cut, holes are made at the base, and then covered with the same geotextile.

    It is quite obvious that a container filled with soil will not float by itself - for this you need:

    • cut out of the packaging foam (this remains after the purchase of household appliances) rectangular frames that will hold the island on the surface (they are attached to the upper part of the flowerbed, and not to the base),
    • Zenen the perimeter of the flower bed and its upper part with foam;
    • make a pontoon from plastic bottles on the edges of the island,
    • use inflated car camera.

    Making a floating flower bed

    What about floating flower pots?

    They can also be lowered into the water, but the reservoir should be small and always without water inhabitants. For example, you can cut a base for flower pots from foam as in the image below, which is necessary for stability on water. However, such floating pots will have to be watered regularly.

    Floating flower pots

    How to decorate a floating structure?

    1. Unattractive edges of the island can mask the ground, moss or branches.
    2. You can also install LEDs on such a flower bed, the operation of which is controlled by the remote control.
    3. Finally, you can put there figures of animals or birds (for example, a ceramic stork).

    Note! Before launching a floating flower bed, it must be tested without fail! If it is unstable, then it should be refined. Also consider that the flowers will grow, because of what the island’s balance will change.

    How to decorate a floating flower bed

    Photos of beautiful flower beds on the water

    A few more options for floating beds

    Also, the floating structure can not be lowered freely into the water, but can be fixed in a certain place, that is, anchored with a heavy stone or cable

    Master Class. Flowerbed of the old chairs with their own hands

    To make such an original flower bed, prepare:

    • old chairs
    • spray paint,
    • sandpaper.

    What is required for the manufacture of flower beds

    All other materials depend solely on your imagination. You can, for example, use a wooden box instead of a pot. In any case, first remove the old paint from the chairs and carefully treat them with emery paper.

    The chair is free from paint and sanded.

    Clean the chairs of dirt and dust, then paint. It is quite obvious that it is better to do this on the street, because there is no doubt about the toxicity of paint.

    If necessary, you can also paint a flower pot.

    When the paint is dry, you can paint the chairs. We recommend using for this acrylic paints that come in a set for drawing by numbers. These do not wash off, and do not require varnish coating.

    If desired, chairs can be painted

    When the painting is dry, set the flower pots, fill them with soil mixture, plant the flowers and have fun!

    A pot of flowers is set on the chair

    Chairs as flower beds

    Another flowerbed example

    Thanks to such original flowerbeds, it is possible to make whole compositions.

    The composition of the chair, backpack and old shoes

    This one, for example, is made of old shoes and children's sneakers, which no one had worn for a long time.

    Children's sneakers used for this composition

    And in conclusion - some more photos of original and beautiful flower beds.

    Small flowerbed in the form of a bag on a hanger

    Flowerbed from an old bicycle

    The composition of the kettle and cups

    As you can see, a beautiful flower bed can be made with your own hands, and there are really many options. We hope the workshops offered here will help you with this!