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Purple Flower Garden

Aster: The Aster will make a valuable addition to your garden. This perennial plant blooms from late summer till fall. It produces delicate, daisy-like blooms in purple, lavender, and pink. It grows well in average soils and can also withstand dry spells. Smaller varieties will look good as border plants, while the larger varieties can be planted towards the back of the flowerbed.

Aubrieta Purple Cascade: A versatile, early-flowering perennial, the Purple Cascade is an excellent ground cover plant for your flower garden. It blooms between March and May and looks perfect on walls, gravel gardens, and containers. When planted in groups, it forms a beautiful mat of gray-green foliage. It grows well in a full sun as well as partial shade. You can use it as a colorful and fragrant drape over your patio walls.

Creeping Phlox: The Phlox is famous for its rich pastel shades and distinctive fragrance. This plant grows vigorously and forms a dense-green foliage covered in star-like clear purple flowers. It also makes a spectacular ground cover, flowering from spring to autumn. It grows well in moist organic soil. The blooms add a rich shade of purple to the garden, and announce the arrival of spring by creating intricate tapestries under shrubs and trees.

Dendrobium: A native to Southeast Asia, the Dendrobium can stun you with its royal purple blooms. This orchid prefers shade and is an excellent houseplant. You can plant it in a pot filled with rocks, pebbles, and charcoal.

Delphinium: This plant blooms from early spring to late summer. Sometimes, you will even see blooms in November. Dozens of delicate purple flowers cover each spire of the plant. Some stunning varieties are Black Knight, Chelsea Star, Mighty Atom, and Bruce. This plant is easy to grow. You can add a little wood ash if the soil is acidic. For warmer climates, mulching keeps the roots cool and moist.

Geranium-Purple Haze: “…Even God could not imagine the redness of a red geranium…” This line is from D.H. Lawrence’s poem Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette. However, the Purple Haze is the new variety of geraniums that produces stunning blooms in a bronze-purple hue. The foliage of this flower is as unique as the gorgeous violet-mauve blooms. It grows well in light, well-drained soil.

Iris: This perennial, producing a succession of delightful purple blooms from spring to fall, is a very good garden plant. Though a native of the North temperate regions, it also grows in deserts and swamps. Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris are the most popular types.

Lavender: Lavender is a must if you want to add fragrance to your garden. It grows to a height of 2½ to 3 feet. This plant has a silver-gray foliage that is in sharp contrast to the stunning lavender-spiked flowers. The flowers vary in shades of lavender to purple, though there are some species that produce pinkish white flowers. It is a native of the Mediterranean region, but also thrives well in other conditions. You can use it as a low-border plant or even as a foreground perennial.

Lilac: Considered as the harbinger of spring, Lilac is loved for its fragrant lavender flower clusters. This plant grows up to 8 to 15 feet tall and makes excellent hedges. Some dwarf varieties reach only 3 to 4 feet in height. It grows well in alkaline soil having proper drainage. After it is planted, you can mulch it with a layer of pine bark. Mulching helps the soil retain water.

Purple Roses: Though a red rose symbolizes love and passion, there’s some kind of mysticism associated with the purple rose. Add a dramatic splash to the garden with vivid purple roses. Blooming throughout the summer, it is an excellent shrub and hedge.

Apart from the plants mentioned above, you can also cultivate ajuga, candytuft, crocus, honesty, hyacinth, morning glory, and blue anemones for a burst of purple in early spring.

Purple Flower Bouquets

Purple wedding flowers have always been associated with royal weddings. Make a romantic statement on your wedding day with a lovely purple flower bouquet. Use maroon color flowers to deepen the overall look of your arrangement. You can use maroon roses and deep-purple Gladiolas for an exquisite bridal flower bouquet. For an outdoor wedding, you can think of combining purple and yellow flowers. A blend of warm sunflowers and rich-purple Lupines looks perfect on a sunny day. For a Christmas wedding, use silver or gold assents to highlight the richness of flowers like Lilacs and Clematis. Blue Vandas make beautiful and exotic bouquets when clumped with Carnations, with Wisterias trailing over the edge.

Flower Bed Designs for a Garden

A basic tip for maintaining lovely perennial flower beds is to grow plants after understanding the height, flower color, length of bloom, flowering time and most importantly, the growing conditions. You can create a beautiful flower bed by arranging the bright-colored flowers in a unique pattern.

Perennial flower beds can be considered a basic component of a well-planned landscape design. They not only complement a garden, but are easy to maintain as well. Once a perennial garden is established, you can follow simple maintenance tips to preserve its aesthetic value. The color and flower type of perennial plants are plentiful; you can select specific varieties as per your theme. As we already know, the blooming period of perennial plants is short, usually 4 – 6 weeks. However, a properly planned perennial garden will give you the advantage of enjoying vibrant flowers throughout the year. So while designing the flower beds of a perennial garden, make sure that you plan the theme, bed design and the plant variety well.

DESIGNS FOR PERENNIAL FLOWER BEDS

Though perennial flowers can be grown randomly, plantation in beds gives a special visual impact. When viewed at a glance, vibrant flowers appear more beautiful when they bloom in groups, rather than in singles. A perennial garden bed with full bloomed flowers is appreciated by every viewer. You can practice basic landscaping ideas for flower beds while designing a perennial garden.

DESIGNING TIPS

Given below are some useful tips for designing and maintaining attractive and colorful garden beds.

Decide the Theme
First of all, select the theme for your perennial garden. You can opt for a formal tone, scented type (roses and lavender), butterfly garden (salvia and buddleia), water garden, or any other theme of your choice. If you are a beginner, it is always better to choose a manageable, yet attractive theme. Once you gain knowledge about the maintenance regarding various themes, you can go for more complex garden plans.

Plan the Width of the Beds
Lay out the plan of the flower beds according to the area of the yard. A wider bed gives more flexibility for designing. Also, too many narrow flower beds give a crowded appearance. Keep in mind that very wide garden beds are difficult to manage, as you will not be able to reach the plants in the middle. A bed that is 8 – 10 feet wide is the preferable dimension.

Select the Flowers
Selecting the plant variety is the most crucial step for designing a perennial flower garden. A simple trick is to select plants according to their required growing conditions (soil, light, water, temperature), so that they grow luxuriantly and bloom in your garden. Of course, it is important to consider the height, flower color, length of blooming and flowering time of the plants. Don’t choose a flower just because you like its color, size, or shape; rather consider its suitability, growth and maintenance level.

Create a Color Scheme
You can sort out the plants according to their size, bloom color and blooming time prior to creating a color scheme. Also, make sure you take a note of the light requirements while grouping perennial flowers. Speaking about the color scheme of flower beds, you can group plants of different colors in odd numbers. A cluster of three perennial plants with varied colors look appealing. Likewise, you can create a different design. Warm flower colors include yellow, orange and red together, while cool colors are white, pink, purple and blue.

Plantation Pattern
While growing perennial plants, place the short varieties (like dianthus and phlox) in the front row and tall plants (like peony and iris) at the back. You can include 14 – 18 inch tall flowers in the front section, 1 – 3 feet tall varieties in the middle portion and 3 – 5 feet perennial flowers at the back. This way you can enjoy all the lovely plants despite the fact that they have different heights.

In addition to perennial flowers, you can also add other garden accessories like ornamental grasses, ferns, hostas, trailing vines, bushes and shrubs. Place the accessories in proper spots to enhance the look. For example, trailing vines can be grown to create a background, while ornamental ferns and grasses can be used for filling up spaces between two beds, or as borders to the flower beds. Last but not the least, proper maintenance is necessary to preserve eye-catching beauty of the perennial garden. So take good care of your flower garden to display its magnificence to the fullest!

Flower Garden Tips

flower-garden-tipsWhenever planting a flower garden, try to get as much advice and information as possible to get an insight on different gardening ideas. Seek advice from gardeners, get advice from different nursery owners about the best plants that should be planted in a garden, consult other garden owners on layout, and visit different gardens to pick on the dos and don’ts. One common mistake people tend to do while gardening is not providing ample space for the plants. This leads to cramped space for surrounding plants, and can also hamper the natural growth of the plants. It is important that you not only consider the surface ground area, but also the underground plant area that will be used by the plants and tree roots. Many plants propagate very fast, and can destroy other plants. Such plants should be avoided or planted in a certain specific area of the garden and should be regularly pruned.

Deciding the Layout of the Garden
Draw a top angle layout of the space you will be using for the garden, on the layout mark out the space for lawn, your residence, unmovable trees, and other objects. This way you will know how much area you need to work on. If you wish to be precise in your flower garden landscaping ideas, you can measure the free area in square feet and write it down on the layout.

Make few photocopies of this layout to try out different combinations. On different copies plan out the placement of different flower bushes, bushes for fencing, stand alone flower or trees, and hardscape elements like fencing, walkways, benches, etc. This way you can have a well-planned design for large or small flower garden. Show the copies to experienced gardeners to get a second opinion and then decide on a final copy.

Adding Fencing and Other Elements
Before you start with any softscape elements to your flower garden like flowering shrubs or bushes, plant the hardscape material. This includes structural material like fences, walls, pavings, walkways, benches, an outdoor sitting area, etc.

Stick to the above layout plan to install the hardscape elements. There are a variety of choices of the hardscape materials, like you can go for a brick, stone, or a concrete wall for a sidewalk, and metal wrought iron fencing or traditional white wooden fencing. You can also add some decorative hardscape materials like a water fountain or a garden pond.

Choosing the Flowering Plants
Always try to go for native flowering plants, as they have already adapted to the soil and weather conditions and are easier to grow. Avoid too many colors of plants, as this might spoil the look. Select flowering plants which look good and inviting and have flower colors which are not very vibrant. Choose plants which you can plant in sunny sites and plants which require shade or partial sun.

Select half the plants which bloom with flowers in summer and the rest that bloom with flowers during fall. This way you can enjoy having flowers in your flower garden year round. For ground cover, consider a lawn or plant small plants which grow evenly for a height of 1 foot. Consider the individual soil, watering, space, pruning, mulching, and fertilizer requirement of the plants well to plant and care for your flowering plants.

So, remember to seek advice on gardening and form a layout plan of the garden for a well-planned garden. Select the appropriate, beautiful-looking flowering plants and enjoy blooms during both the seasons!

How to Make a Flower Bed

flower-bed-designsIf you think that the instructions on how to make a flower bed are long, confusing and a nightmare to understand, you’re in for a relieving secret.

Choose the Spot
As you may have easily guessed, the first step in making your flower bed is deciding where you want it to be. For this, you need to take a good look around the exterior of your house. There are some important things that you need to consider before you decide on a spot. For instance, how much sunlight the place gets. You may already have an idea of what kind of flowers you want in your flower bed. So, you need to keep their sun and shade requirements in mind while choosing a spot for your flower bed. Also, you may want to check how visible the spot is from inside the house as well as from the gate or driveway. There’s no point in having a lower bed in some obscure corner of your backyard, which can be viewed only if you step into the yard. You’re going to a lot of trouble to make the flower bed. Might as well have it clearly visible! Once you’ve picked out the area where you want it in, you can mark it out using either a stone border, sand or have a small fence fixed around it.

Get Digging
After you’ve decided your location for the flower bed and have bordered it, you have to dig the area up. First, make sure that you remove all the grass, dirt, garbage (if any) and weeds that are present in the area. Use a shovel to dig up every inch of the intended flower bed and make the soil loose and free. You’ll come across clumps and stones for sure. Throw away the stones, and break up the clumps. If the soil seems too hard, you may want to wet it a bit and get the work done a little faster and with less effort. Once all the soil is dug up and loosened, use a rake and smoothen it out completely.

Gauge the Soil
Now, after you’ve made the bed area ready, you need to take a look at the soil to gauge how favorable it will be for the kind of flowers you want to grow. Take a sample of your soil and get it tested for its pH level and the content of other nutrients. You can get this done by using a soil testing probe that may be available at your local nursery. It will tell you what kind of soil you have. Using these results and the soil requirement information of the flowers that you intend to plant, you can compare and make the necessary amendments in the soil to suit the flowers you want to plant. (Note that you may not always have to make changes to your soil.)

Plant ’em In: After you have given the necessary treatment to the soil in the bed, and it has been absorbed by the soil, your bed is ready to be planted! Get the saplings or seeds out and begin planting them. You should have an idea of what you want the final result to look like. This will help you in planning the design of the flower bed. Generally, tall plants are planted in the background and short ones in the foreground to give it more visual appeal. However, you can try out new things like having a circular bed with tall plants forming the center and the shorter ones surrounding the tall ones. Or, you can also incorporate vines on trellises surrounding the bed, to give it an enclosed appearance from above. Whatever your choice is, make sure all the plants and flowers are clearly visible once they bloom.

Take Care: After you’ve planted them, all you have to do is wait and watch your flower bed come to life with its vibrant colors! You need to pay attention to the watering requirements of the plants. Also, if they need partial sun and shade, you can have a retractable shed above the bed (or simply have a green garden net hanging over it when it’s sunny). Mulching helps plants grow faster and healthier. So, you may want to try that out too!

So, are you ready to make your own flashy flower bed? What are you waiting for? Just use these ridiculously simple instructions and you’ll have your flower bed ready just in time for blooming season, depending on your hardiness zone. Be sure to keep that in mind too! Happy flowering!