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Whether large or small, a garden needs flowerbeds to organize plants and accesses, the paths where we will walk and enjoy the plants. I will give you 13 tips for making beds that enhance your plants and beautify your garden, valuing your property.
13 tips for making flowerbeds in your garden
Prefer curves, wavy paths, organic
If you want a garden as close to the natural as possible, prefer curves. It is very rare to find angles in nature. Look at a forest and notice: Animals and plants predominantly have curves.
In addition, a wavy path ends up making the viewer walk more slowly, the garden is discovered slowly, there is an aura of mystery that is not achieved with straight paths.
Even in small spaces it is possible to create curves. And they make all the difference!
Unless, of course, you intend to make a minimalist garden. In this case, the straight lines are important, but the purpose of the garden is no longer to represent nature, is it?
Use natural materials
The garden is more welcoming when you use natural materials to decorate. And even natural, without finishing, without painting. Again, think of nature and see how it “decorates” your forests. Colored stones can harm plants and excess elements and even more, very colorful, makes plants stop being the focal point of the garden. What’s the point of that?
Smaller plants in the front, larger plants in the back
If the bed is next to a wall, it is easy to follow this rule that allows all plants to be seen easily. But when the bed is centralized, the larger plants should be in the middle of it.
Take care that the plants do not touch the walls
It happens a lot, in beds beside the wall, that the plants grow and end up leaning their leaves against the wall. When this happens the plant suffers, the leaves burn. In fact, the plant is out of space to grow. The ideal is to remove it to a place where it can develop.
When making the bed, leave free space for the plants to grow
It seems obvious, but sometimes, the anxiety to see the beautiful bed as soon as we finish it, makes us put too many plants that will fight for space, grow in disorder and many will not resist. A bed can be made in one day, but it is only seen in its fullness with the passage of time and daily care.
You can make beds with pots
It is a good idea for those who like to vary the layout of the plants, create news easily. Mixing pots and plants on the floor is also nice, but avoid using more than 2 colors in the pots and choose in a way that they are harmonious and do not stand out too much. The most important elements in a garden should always be the plants.
Vegetable garden beds can be taller for easier work
I don’t know about you, but crouching around in small vegetable gardens always gives me pain and reduces the pleasure I feel. So, to facilitate the observation and care that the gardens need, make taller beds. The column thanks you.
Fountains, ponds, are elements that add value to a garden and even help to increase humidity. During strong summers and in many places in Brazil, the lack of moisture in the air makes plants suffer a lot.
In flower beds, choose flowers that bloom in different seasons
That way you will always have some flower growing on the beds and beautifying your garden.
Lighting is important
A garden without lighting loses much of its value and cannot be seen at night, which is a waste! In addition, the lighting allows you to walk safely and safely.
Respect the architectural style of your home
Architecture should positively influence the style of your garden and there should be a harmony of styles between the building and the garden. Imagine an English castle with a tropical style garden. It’s kind of disconnected, isn’t it?
Give preference to native plants
Native species benefit the local fauna as they attract native bees, birds of the region and other animals of the local Biome. Do some research on the natives in your region. In addition, they are less affected by pests and diseases. I mean, you will have beautiful, healthy plants with less work.
Without focus everything becomes a mess
When there is a lot of information, many adornments, even too many colors in a small area, or an excess of decorative elements such as colored stones, the garden loses its function, which is to enhance the vegetation with its unique shapes, colors, textures and aromas. It is important that there is one (or even more, if the garden is large) focal point, elements that attract more attention and others that are supporting.
This post I did under the supervision of Marcia Nassrallah, our Landscape editor. I hope it helps you make beautiful beds!