Flower Bed Installation & Care

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Wondering how to construct a flower bed?  There are several ways to start your flower bed construction but the general principles are closely related.  Our Newtown Landscapers can offer you tips and services to make sure your garden will flourish.  Keep reading for more information on flower gardens.

How to Plan for a Garden Bed

Careful planning is the key to a flourishing flower bed.  Your flower bed construction will inevitably fail if you just wing it.  Whether you're planning for a herbaceous border, your own miniature orchard or botanical garden, read below the tips and tricks of planning your allotment right.

Things to Consider When Planning Your Flower Bed Installation

  • Backyard or side yard, the location of your garden is very important.  Your location will fall under one of three categories:
    • Full Shade Flowers
    • Half Shade Flowers
    • Full Sun Flowers
  • Choosing your flower types correctly!  Believe it or not - some plants aren't compatible together.
  • Overall Flower Bed Design.  The most beautiful flower beds are created with careful planning.  Get the pencil and paper out and design your flower bed before picking up a shovel.  You'll want to know exactly where all the plants will go and layout of the bed first.
foxgloves flowers

Full Shade Flowers

Often people planning a new flower bed construction think that if the bed is located in the shade they'll have no choice but to have a foliage garden.  There's a variety of flowers that grow in the shade.  Which flowers grow well in the shade?  Read below to find out!

Perrenials - The Best Shade Flowers!

  • Astible
  • Bee Balm
  • Bell Flowers
  • Bleeding-Heart
  • Forget-me-not
  • Foxgloves (pictured on this page)
  • Hellebore
  • Hydrangea
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Lamb's Ears
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Monkshood
  • Primroses
  • Siberian Iris
  • Spotted Deadnettle
toad lily flowers

Half Shade, Half Sun Flowers

Imagine a garden full of blooming flowers (perennials) for the gardener who's simply stuck with partially shaded and partially sunlit land.  There are a variety of beautiful perennials that make a pleasant addition to half shade gardens.

Perrenials - The Top Half Shade Flower!

  • Primrose
  • Lady's Mantle
  • Leadwort
  • Toad Lily (pictured on this page)
  • Voilet
  • Crested Iris
  • Bugbane
  • Columbine
  • Woodland Phlox
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Hardy Begonia
butterfly weed

Full Sun Flowers

Direct Sun?  There's many flowers and plants that thrive in direct sun.  Growing plants in full sun is thought to be very challenging, but with this list of full sun flowers you'll have be one step ahead of most gardeners.

Full Sun Flowers & Plants

  • Yarrow
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Coreopsis
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Blanket Flower
  • Russian Sage
  • Butterfly Weed (pictured in this article)
  • Lavender
  • Sedum
  • Daylily
  • Verbena
  • Bee Balm
  • Aster
  • Lamb's Ear
  • Artemisia
  • Hibiscus
  • Cone Flower
  • Miniature Roses

Flowerbed Development

By now you've found the perfect location, whether it's full shade, partial shade or full sun and you've selected the most suitable plants.  Now it's time to start working on the garden project.  Thinking of digging up the grass?  You can either plant on top of the grass using layers of cardboard and paper or spend time digging.  If you decide to dig out the grass, start by flagging the perimeter of the flower bed.  Dig about 5-6 to inches around that perimeter.  From there you should be able to easily lift out the layer fo grass in that section.  Remove all the leaves, sticks and misc debris.  Be certain that you've removed all grass before you begin the soil loosening process to get ready for planting to begin.

The second approach is to smooth out the grass with sheets of newspapers and cardboard.  Simply lay out the cardboard on the desired location.  Dump water on it and spread out a couple dozen sheets of papers.  Add your compost and let it sit.  If you choose the cardboard approach you might end up waiting several weeks for the layers of compost to decompose before you can start your planting.

Planning how you're going to plant your flowers is as important as actually doing the planting.  Always plant in the early morning or at dusk to avoid direct sunlight.  The last thing you want to do is come out with a brutal sun burn!  Taller plants are best suited for the middle of the bed while the smaller plants usually thrive better on the side.  Most gardeners cluster their plants and flowers based on their color.  After planting the flowers, ensure you mulch and water very generously.  Mulching is a great way to prevent evaporation while keeping weeds controlled.

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At Newtown Landscaping Pro, we get it - flower beds take a lot of time, work and energy to create and maintain.  Our Landscapers in Newtown & Sandy Hook, CT are ready to help.  You design it and we'll make it happen.

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