I have a deep and personal appreciation for all things green. Plants have provided us with so many things while taking away from us so very little. The oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and the scenery we enjoy are all gifts of nature.
Flowers, especially, have a beauty almost unparalleled in the natural world, and we would like to see that beauty closer to us, no matter how selfish the thought may be. Even in cities, it is now common to see at least one flower garden being grown.
I love flowers and find them to be some of the prettiest structures in this world. Stunning as they are, their beauty serves a purpose. They are life-givers and have evolved to encourage other creatures to proliferate their seed everywhere.
Whether they are in the woods or your neighbor’s flower garden, flowers certainly are playing their part in the grand scheme of things. A flower garden even enhances their allure, adding in the mix the appeal of a human-orchestrated design. The result is something that we’d attribute as the face of Mother Nature.
- The Beauty of Flower Gardens
- 15 Fascinating Flower Garden Design Ideas
- Flower Garden Ring
- Knot Flower Garden
- Spilling Petunia Flower Borders
- Large Oblong Flower Bed
- Flower Garden on a Truck
- Cinder Block Flower Garden
- Flower Garden Bed around the House
- Hanging Flower Garden
- Mobile Flower Garden on a Carriage
- Potted Flower Garden
- Flower Garden along the Window
- Recycled Rubber Tires Flower Garden
- Palette Flower Garden
- Flower Garden on a Tree Stump
- Inspiration from the Dubai Miracle Garden
- How To Start A Flower Garden: A Beginner’s Guide
- Flower Garden Tips and Tricks
- Our Most Asked Flower Garden Questions
- Final Thoughts on Flower Gardens
The Beauty of Flower Gardens
Everyone I know gardens, even if they aren’t keen on the practice of gardening itself. Being able to enjoy a piece of nature in connection with the comfort of your own home is a very satisfying experience. The flowers bring with them the exquisite beauty of nature, and some carry incredibly nice scents, good enough to pass as perfume.
There is also the language of flowers; they can express anything we can’t in words. A good floral garden is more than a garden; it is a manifestation of our love for nature and of the things we love. But there’s more. Surprisingly, the very practice of gardening can even cut the risk of heart attacks and stroke. As I said, they are really givers of life.
15 Fascinating Flower Garden Design Ideas
Flower gardens come in various forms, from the flowers and the colors to the design choices and landscape that you use. You can make your garden however you’d like. The possibilities truly are endless. These 15 design ideas are a headstart so that you can see how beautiful flower gardens look and get started from here!
Flower Garden Ring
This flower garden looks every bit the centerpiece that it is! With a large, eye-catching plant in the middle, the bed of flowers looks ready to be adored by your visitors and friends. Plus, that perfect circle and layering are a great sight for perfectionistic eyes. Because circles represent wholeness and the infinite, creating a circular flower garden can be a spiritual adventure as well.
Knot Flower Garden
A fancy labyrinth garden filled with lush green hedges and immaculately beautiful flowers you see in the movies might not be for everyone, but a dedicated gardener with a large portion of land could make it work. Don’t have a ton of space? A miniature knot flower garden might be just what you need.
Spilling Petunia Flower Borders
Simple and cheap, this one is my all-time favorite designs. For one, they don’t even have to be planted in the ground. Petunias tend to overgrow their baskets, so all you have to do is arrange them the way you want and let them multiply. If you like pink, that’s even more of a plus.
Large Oblong Flower Bed
If you have lawn to spare, you can wing it with a huge, oblong flower bed. This one might be best left to a professional unless you think that you can leverage the natural beauty of flowers and make a design using a variety of colors yourself. Either way, it’s simply gorgeous, and you get a literal bed of flowers on your lawn.
Flower Garden on a Truck
Nothing screams antiquated more than putting an old (rusty) truck right in the middle of your flower garden and making it the centerpiece. The neat retro appeal of this aesthetic will surely take anyone several generations old to a quiet trip down memory lane. You might be thinking, “Where could I find such a thing?” It’s not as hard as you might think. If antique trucks aren’t in the budget, you could try a wheelbarrow, windmill, or another centerpiece.
Cinder Block Flower Garden
You would be surprised to know that cinder blocks make great planters for your flower garden! Their gray look balances out the vibrant colors of the flowers, and their form makes for a sleek display of your beloved flora. Best of all–they’re cheap. This is the route that I plan to take with my own flower garden designs this summer since I’m starting out small.
Flower Garden Bed around the House
Fend off the dull, lifeless aura that creeps in from the outside with a flower bed landscape of pink and green hues! The bright colors of a flower garden-inspired by the one above will wrap your house in a light atmosphere that keeps everyone feeling poppy and happy. Plus, they look great by default, so you wouldn’t easily mess this up.
Hanging Flower Garden
This flower garden idea takes a page from King Nebuchadnezzar II’s book of “how to impress your wife” and executes it really well. The planters are covertly hidden by the healthy inflorescences, giving an illusion that these flowers grow out of the brick wall itself.
Hanging gardens are some of my absolute faves and save time on the planting. Just make sure you water them regularly if they aren’t getting outdoor rain.
Mobile Flower Garden on a Carriage
Getting that retro look doesn’t have to sacrifice function. This carriage looks perfectly ready to go on a quick trip around your lawn, carrying your beautiful flowers. It even looks good wherever you decide to settle it. If you didn’t go for the old truck above, maybe a wagon is more your style.
Potted Flower Garden
Not ready to take on a major project? Let’s not forget the easiest way of gardening here. Potted flowers still deserve a place in this list, too, especially planters in a large variety of sizes and forms and designs.
You can take some good cement and form it into pots, which is an excellent DIY idea in itself! Or, you can buy your own pots. It’s up to you.
Flower Garden along the Window
Having planters attached to your window helps your outside view look a ton better. When seen from inside, the flowers make for great lower borders.
Looking at it from outside, your house gets adorned with gorgeous colors that liven up your brick walls. If your house wasn’t built with these, they can be purchased at a local hardware store and installed pretty cheap.
Just keep in mind which direction the sun will be facing when deciding the types of flowers to place in these planters.
I have a friend who installed some on the front of the house, not considering that it is almost always shady there. She planted beautiful, bright flowers only to watch them wilt away. This coming year, she will plant some shade-loving seeds instead.
Recycled Rubber Tires Flower Garden
Tires are illegal to be thrown in some states because, even though they aren’t hazardous, they take up a large space and are hard to handle in landfills. If you have some scrap tires lying around, turning them into a flower garden will not only make your lawn look good, it will help lessen the trash problems and boost the coolness of your yard. Just paint them and voila, a super trendy flower garden design.
Palette Flower Garden
This flower garden is for all artists out there! With this colossal palette installation, your lawn becomes the entire canvas.
Granted, the wooden structure can be hard to make, but if you pull it off, this will become more than just the centerpiece, it will become the talk of the neighborhood. Not an artist? Think of what you love and go from there.
Flower Garden on a Tree Stump
If you’ve recently cleared out your lawn of huge trees, chances are there are still some stumps left. I think they are some of the biggest eyesores a yard can have.
So I love that you can repurpose those stumps by turning them into planters and growing your flowers there. It ends with a pretty neat and natural aesthetic that’s a welcome addition to any garden.
Inspiration from the Dubai Miracle Garden
Where else can you get the best flower gardening ideas than from the largest flower garden itself? The Dubai Miracle Garden boasts 780,000 square feet of ideas that you can take and apply to your own garden. These entrance arches, for example, are stunning to have in your garden!
How To Start A Flower Garden: A Beginner’s Guide
Before you can start a flower garden, these are some of the considerations you need to make.
- Knowing about annuals and perennials before starting a flower garden certainly helps. Annuals give you a variety of colors to choose from, and they bloom all season, but they only last for one season. Perennials, on the other hand, last for many years, but they bloom for just a few weeks or months. Annuals are also generally finicky in the care department, while perennials can survive with a weekly check-up. The best (and also the most common) way to get the benefits of both is to simply have both in your garden.
- The amount of sun you get also affects your garden. Picking an area with eight or more hours of sun is a good starting point, but some flowers can bloom with less sun, but they come in rarity. Think about where you’ll be placing your garden before choosing your flowers.
- Good soil with good drainage is pretty much the requirement for all plants. With the right mix of soil that drains well for plant roots to grow through, you can have a pleasant garden around.
- Consider the kinds of flowers you want. To start picking out your flowers, you should consider the color of the flowers and when they will bloom, the height and size of the plant, and how appropriate they are to grow in your area.
- Sketch your design first, considering the space and plants you have. That way you can have a clear view of what your garden will look like. Not an artist? Have someone do it for you and then go from there.
Flower Garden Tips and Tricks
Getting done with your very first flower garden is merely the start of the journey. Whether it fails or flourishes, the experience will be one that you’ll always remember. Here are a few tricks to help you make fewer mistakes and score a home run with the design you’re inspired to create.
- Invest 15 minutes in your garden
At the minimum, invest 15 minutes in your garden daily. This time can include picking out weeds and watering them, as well as picking out any harmful insects on your yard.
- Keep the soil moist by watering it frequently.
A straightforward way to check soil moisture is by pressing the soil; if it’s moist, you can put off watering, but if it’s dry, you should water it.
- You can also use fertilizers for your flowers
Especially if your soil lacks nutrients required by your plants, it’s beneficial to use fertilizers and plant food according to their label.
- Consider mulching your plants
Put 2 inches of mulch in the first year of your perennials, and continue filling it to 2 inches every year afterward. Annuals can go with 2-3 inches of mulch. This technique conserves water, lessen weed growth, and keep soil temps normal.
- Keep a good number of Hand Tools
You will need to work on the soil once annuals die, and then plant new flowers there. You’ll need them to deadhead the annuals (cutting dying flowers to induce more flowers) and to divide the perennials for new plants.
Our Most Asked Flower Garden Questions
Do you have questions about flower gardens? If so, you are not alone. Many of our readers share the same questions in many cases. Here are a few of the most popular ones we have seen to date:
Remember, most of what determines how difficult gardening is for you is how much preventative maintenance you put into it. Doing a little weed plucking once or twice a week prevents you from having a huge job later down the line. Read our tips and tricks for caring for your garden to learn some of our favorite best practices.
Starting your own flower garden is a fun and exciting experience. The first things you need to start one are your flowers and soil. Then, carve out your garden space and get planting. For a more in-depth look flower gardens and how you can start one, check out our post on gardening design ideas.
Are you new to the world of flower gardens? If so, there are many flowers that are a great fit for you. Some popular and easy-to-grow plants for beginners are sunflowers, marigolds, and pansies. For an extra-hardy option, you can also opt to go for succulents, since they come in many shapes, colors, and sizes that resemble flowers.
Final Thoughts on Flower Gardens
A flower garden could be the best thing you’ve created in a very long time. You can enjoy the beautiful sight that you can look through your window, or you can even sit in the middle and inhale both fresh air and nice fragrances. Plants also bring tons of positive energy.
So if you’re looking for a boost in this area, get ready to garden. No matter what your reasons for growing flowers are, having a flower garden is certainly a satisfying experience, from start to finish.
After all, “Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” –Edwin Curran.
From a simple penchant for yellow flowers as a child to becoming a full-time gardener, nature advocate, and garden designer, I am extremely happy to finally have a platform for me to successfully spread knowledge and expertise in the garden. After graduation, I took many courses related to garden design to feed myself with more knowledge and expertise other than what I learned from my mom growing up while also joining as many garden design competitions locally. For any garden design inquiries, I’m your designer!