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Flower Garden Ideas for Your Landscape

Add blooms to your garden with these flower garden ideas in every color of the rainbow.


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    • Spring Flower Garden Ideas

      A welcome burst of post-winter color comes courtesy of early-season flowers.

      • Not all plants in a flower garden need be in the ground; here, the pretty blooms of Endless Summer hydrangeas fill a row of containers.
      • Bonus: The pots can be moved to add color to other sections of the garden.
      • A short row of boxwood, planted in the middle of a flowering bed, offers visual relief and is a pretty flower garden idea.
      • Plant in waves of color when designing a flowerbed. These pink and yellow tulips provide a first, early burst of blooms in the spring.
      • If a garden bed is large, paths should be a part of its design to enable visitors to see the plants from the path and to make maintenance easier.
      • Pastel hues -- yellow, pink, lavender -- in lighter tones blend well in this plant assembly.
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    • Charming Curves

      Undulating borders contain beautiful blooms in these flower garden ideas.

      • Mulch is an essential; it keeps weeds down and conserves moisture. Here, it also provides a tidy element between plants.
      • Use geometry to contrast or complement; here, the flowerbed's curving borders repeat in the gentle edging of lawn.
      • Plants chosen in mostly similar hues -- lavender, light purple, and fuchsia, for example -- offer a soothing palette for the garden.
      • Access to, around, and through the garden is essential; a series of round paving stones leads visitors through the grass border.
      • Hardscape structures -- such as this garden's tall birdhouse -- add whimsy with function.
    • Spreading Cheer

      Blooms brighten in these flower garden ideas.

      • In place of a formal material, gravel paths meander through the casual garden plantings.
      • Meadow rue, planted at regular intervals along the back of the bed, provides vertical interest in the garden.
      • A large decorative urn segues between planted and paved areas.
      • Remember the rule of three: Group three of one plant at a time for visual consistency. Here, black-eyed Susan offers a cheery base for other plantings.
      • Low-growing catmint gently transitions between ground and plants.
    • Room for a View

      Prolific, sun-loving flowers surround a table and chairs in this welcoming flower garden idea.

      • Flowerbeds and furniture are good garden partners; here, a seating area is surrounded by a lush growth of blooms.
      • If trees and shrubs aren't used to define a back border, use another hardscape structure, such as the purple trellis here.
      • Planting one flower in a variety of colors can make an impact; here, masses of pink, yellow, and white daylilies charm.
      • Densely planted flowerbeds help to keep down weeds and conserve moisture; decrease the recommended spacing by half for growth that fills in quickly.
      • Choose furniture in colors that seamlessly blend into the landscape, such as the pretty sage green, purple, and peach in this garden.
    • Around the Bend

      Pretty plants supply a boundary for a walkway.

      • A relaxing garden bench under a sheltered pergola supplies a scenic resting flower garden idea.
      • Plant a dramatic tree to give height to a bed planted mostly with flowers. A Japanese maple, for instance, offers both color and seasonal foliage.
      • Annuals, such as lavender and fuchsia petunias, fill bare spots in a perennial garden.
      • When choosing plants for a flowering garden, include vivid hues -- the yellow of black-eyed Susan, for example -- to attract birds and butterflies.
    • Where the Garden Grows

      A pretty cast of perennials takes center stage in this flower garden idea.

      • Gravel fills the space between the irregular-shape paving stones, and offers a soft edging to the lush flowerbed.
      • A boxwood border divides the bed from the wired pergola structure.
      • Delicate pansies fill in spaces until perennials come to full bloom in summer.
      • Add plants that offer vertical growth, such as purple salvia.
      • A dappled willow's variegated foliage provides a color counterpoint to the deeper shades at the front of the bed.
    • Side View

      Gorgeous blooms fill a narrow stretch of yard.

      • A paved walkway provides a geometric contrast to the more casual planted bed.
      • A climbing rose rambles up a wall to supply height and color.
      • A small tuteur adds an unexpected element to the lush garden.
      • Ivy, a great flower garden idea, climbs over the door and window awnings. Its green is a warm complement to the home's neutral wall.
      • Planted with succulents and blooms in the same colors featured in the garden, moveable containers furnish additional blooms.
    • Stately Sculpture

      Evergreens offer an interesting focal point in a beautiful flowerbed.

      • Pines trimmed into a triangular shape offer dramatic visual interest.
      • Annuals, perennials, and bulbs provide a garden with dramatic color and interesting shapes. Here, gladiolas neatly contrast with the foliage and blooms around them.
      • Look at plants for their sculptural value. Large swaths of color offer a soothing, restrained scene for this garden.
      • Plants need not rely on similar colors in order to work in a garden. For example, here the white gladiolas contrast with the red dahlias.
      • If you're content with minimalism, large groupings of a similar flower offers a fuss-free, showy landscape solution.
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      Flower Flourish

      A dramatic front yard flowerbed provides a constant stream of color with these adaptable flower garden ideas.

      • Gently transition from lawn space to flowering space with a planted edge. For example, a miniature boxwood hedge offers an understated border between the two spaces.
      • Breaking up a large flowering area with hardscape elements, such as short stretches of white picket fence, can provide welcome visual relief.
      • Tall shrubs, loosely shaped into mounds, offer a backdrop to the waves of flowers.
      • A trellis up one side and over the front door provides an easy, inexpensive way to train a climbing vine.
      • Repeating plants and colors, such as patches of Endless Summer hydrangea, daylilies, and astilbe, maintain consistency in the large front yard garden.
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      Winsome Appeal

      Nestled next to a small pond, a garden grows with plenty of flower garden ideas.

      • Spots to rest and enjoy a garden are key; here, a stone bench provides a view toward both the plants and the water feature.
      • Even though it's nearly disguised by shrubs, a gazebo supplies an interesting hardscape element in this easygoing landscape.
      • If a garden is big enough, a path can diverge into two separate fingers, as in this garden.
      • Rocks serve as another edging material.
      • The foliage and flowers of coreopsis, phlox, coneflower, and feather reedgrass offer pretty blooms and attract birds and butterflies, too.
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      Fall Landscaping Ideas

      See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.
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