The beauty of any country house, summer cottage or cottage can be emphasized by a thoughtful, stylish landscape design of flowers, bushes and various plants. Today there are many options on how to make the area in front of the house memorable and unique. Flower beds will also emphasize the style that you chose when building your building. They will enliven the overall picture, as well as make the territory of your site bright and harmonious. And most importantly, they will allow you to realize all your wildest dreams of improving your own home.
Nothing is more pleasing to the eye than a riot of colors and colors, but simply, flower beds in front of the entrance to the house or in the unusual garden behind the yard.
To do the landscaping of the site yourself, you need to develop a plan, thanks to which you will not make mistakes, and you will calculate everything correctly:
- make a drawing of future flower beds in order to imagine how it will look like, how much space they will take;
- if your site is uneven, this must be corrected: dig up the ground, remove stones from it and prepare the soil;
- when planting flowers, clearly define the boundaries, because plants can grow, and your "border" lines will lose their clarity;
- if you plan to plant the flower beds behind the yard, make a path to them;
- plant no more than 5-6 flowers in flower beds;
- do not be afraid to experiment with color shades, but remember that in a flower bed all flowers must bloom at the same time, therefore, to achieve an amazing effect, select seedlings for this trait. Plus - the height of the plants: they should also look the same.
Be sure to think over the question of what your flower beds will be, because the designers recommend using different types of them - for the front garden, for the center of the courtyard, even if you want to create the impression of freedom, like in a real rural meadow.
Choosing the type of flower bed for your suburban settlement:
- Flower beds are of strict forms - regular, planted strictly symmetrically (or along paths) and landscape, where flowers can grow in a "free" form. Perennial plants are usually planted in such options: shrubs, ornamental and even conifers.
- A mixborder flowerbed stretched along the paths. Plants are usually planted in it "in ascending order" from small to higher. Such models look spectacular on large areas, creating the illusion of an alley.
- Square or rectangular flower beds, which are located in the center of the site, are called parterre. Flowers of contrasting shades are planted in such flower beds.
- Live curbs. They are planted if you have paths along the site at your summer cottage. In this case, plant different flowers. Such a multi-colored "carpet" will add amazing variety to your garden.
- Alpine slide. This is one of the most advantageous options for flower beds: flowers surrounding a small pond or fountain will create a very harmonious and cozy picture.
The peculiarity of each flower bed is the possibility of its panoramic view. Many owners prefer circular flower beds so that beautiful plants can be enjoyed from different vantage points.
Zoning and layout
Correct zoning of flower beds will be a good solution for your landscape design. A joyful mood will be created by the flower beds laid out right in front of your house (at the entrance). Multi-colored petunias, lilies, decorative roses, clematis - for every 100 sq cm, 8-10 pieces can be planted. A flowerbed in the middle of the site, exposed to direct sunlight, can become a "feature" of your yard. The same petunias or hibiscus would be appropriate here.
Many designers specializing in the creation of landscape design offer ready-made projects for the correct planning of flower beds near a country house. As a rule, experts first of all suggest starting with a hedge - this seating will allow you to visually divide the site into certain zones. To tastefully “fence off” from neighbors, you can afford hedges, consisting of small fences of trees and shrubs. The recommended height of such a “fence” is up to 1.5 m. Small fences up to 40 cm will also create a perfectly limited area, clear and well-groomed, if you regularly cut them.
For this type of fencing, it is recommended to plant Japanese quince, almonds or various types of spirits. Would you like to have a flower fence? Plant dahlias or dahlias. Decorative sunflowers look original. True, their height sometimes reaches 2 meters, but bright and sunny flowers will add a summer and joyful mood to your site.
If your space is not limited by the footage, feel free to use arches or screens recommended by specialists. Such a landing will decorate your territory not only visually, but also protect your beauty from gusts of wind and extraneous noise. Moreover, in the shade of such a design, it will be possible to plant flowers that do not like the scorching heat, and between them to install openwork benches or gazebos.
Raised flower beds will also look good. They are ideal for areas with small slopes. Such flower beds can be lined with stone, original wooden blocks or plastic decorative fences. Raised areas can be created artificially using wood flooring or imported soil. A small pool will look harmonious next to such flower beds.
According to the designers, you can also highlight a special area on your site using various gravel paths. Blooming flower beds along a winding path paved with colorful tiles are a great option for a "positive" garden. The diagonal paths will clearly delineate the areas you need.
It is very important to know what flowers and plants can be used to decorate the design of your site. It is necessary to choose the right color scheme and plant height. Many people think that it is enough to stock up on colorful bags of seeds - and the flowers will grow by themselves. In fact, planting flowers is painstaking and hard work. Some plants need to be planted only with seedlings, others bloom nothing at all, others do not like the sun, and so on.
When choosing a place to plant flowers, make sure that the plants are comfortable. Well, of course, design decisions require a careful study of the "behavior" of future roses, conifers and seemingly unpretentious shrubs.
If your flowerbed involves the flowering of low-growing flowers, then choose primroses, petunias, dwarf irises, striking a variety of colors. Plant charming zinnias and delphiniums in the back of the flower bed to create a “tiered” bloom. Place cannes or languid roses at the center of your design. You can also try to plant even lilacs there. The basis of your flower arrangement can be some kind of decorative trees or shrubs - juniper, thuja or dwarf spruce.
By the way, conifers on the site are a separate topic. According to the designers' recommendation, if your author's composition includes 3 types of conifers, the color scheme should consist of two shades. An important point is the crown, which can be pyramidal, oval or conical. And, of course, the height of the trees: the western thuja can reach 5 m in height, the juniper - 3 m, but the giant pines can reach 40 m. However, the growth of conifers can be regulated: annually pinch the shoots.
Would you like to create a flower bed of stunted conifers? Choose from western thuja, Humpy mountain pine or Mini Pug. And most importantly, don't be afraid to experiment with conifers!
Excellent flower garden schemes
If you decide to realize all your dreams of landscaping a site and to make a garden with your own hands, check out various examples and expert advice first. Start with unpretentious plants, so there are more options to enjoy the result of your labor. Designers offer ready-made color schemes with a romantic name. For example, a very fashionable trend is monochrome in the design of your flower garden.
- If you have a ripe decision to combine green and white, feel free to use the following plants: white peonies or primrose with white flowers, as well as a tree hydrangea. Frame the flowers with silvery greens.
- Do you want to grow pink flowers? Again, delicate peonies will come to your aid, as well as fragile and delicate roses, chrysanthemums and clematis.
- The "coniferous" theme will come in handy if you are creating a flower bed where all plants have the same shape: spherical thuja, hydrangea bushes or round spirea.
Here's an example of a charming flower bed made up of continuous perennial flowers:
- For a blooming picture pleasing to the eye, a sunny spot is essential. Select an area 2.5 m by 3.5 m.
- One of the first to plant a stem of a rose from the Malvov family. It comes in different colors, from pale pink to blood red (80 species). Such a miracle blooms until the first cold weather, starting in mid-summer.
- Place a decorative or ten-petalled sunflower in the neighborhood. It is absolutely unpretentious, bright, tall and also blooms for a long time.
- From May to October the Icelandic poppy will also bloom - it will stand in the second row after the previous high "colleagues". Poppy comes in different shades - white, pink and red.
- St. John's wort yellow (choose odorless colors) and blood red cardinal lobelia with contrasting color schemes will add chic to your flower bed.
- A small garden can be framed by strong bushes of Matrona sedum, which live before the first snowfall, and an unusual color of the Miracle heuchera bush.
- Bells, delicate lilac flowers of catnip and pale blue katananche “Blue Cupid” blooming all summer long can diversify such an inflorescence.
In order for your flowerbed to become an object of admiration, be sure to listen to the advice of experts:
- Almost all flowers love the sun. That is why find a convenient place for your plants.
- If the area is overgrown with grass, even lawn, it must be removed. Don't run the ground.
- Remove any single weeds that will make it difficult for your pets to bloom.
- If the soil of the future flower bed is clay, add sand to it.
- The ideal soil fertilizer is compost, which will improve the fertility of the soil.
- Create a mixed type of flower bed, as after the annual flowers have faded, you will have to start over.
- Perennial flowers guarantee you a charming flower bed for more than one year. If you want variety - you can add other flowers to it.
- Flowers require watering, some more and others less. The unpretentious ones include mallow, geranium and poppies.
- Irises, sage, echinacea and carnations will have to be replanted periodically.
- Roses, lilies, hyacinths and begonias require careful maintenance.
- If you are planting seedlings in the ground, be sure to water them with water. Let the soil soak.
- Pulling seedlings out of pots, do not damage the root system.
- Dig a separate hole for each flower.
The design of the flower bed is of no small importance.
- The original solution will be to decorate the flower garden with a stone. Such "stone" flower beds can become an object of admiration, if you put into them not only skill, but also imagination. For such a case, limestone of different shades can be used. True, it will not last long. Moss and algae grow well on such a stone.
- Tuff and slate, when properly designed, will make your flower bed unrivaled. For example, slate can have interesting colors ranging from purple to green.
- Granite is rarely used in flower beds, since it oxidizes the soil. Basalt is ideal. The flower beds and even lawns decorated by him have a well-groomed appearance.
- Making flower beds with pebbles is an economical and nevertheless original option.
- In the design of the flower garden, you can also use improvised materials - wooden and metal fences, even old tires or scrap metal tiles.
- Using your imagination, even old shoes can be "attached" to decorate a flower garden. You can use shoes not only as a flowerpot, but also as an independent decorative decoration.
- A bird cage can also become a decoration for a summer cottage, turning into an original flower bed.
For information on how to make a flower bed of continuous flowering, see the next video.