When the weather gets warm, a smattering of flowers and plants gives your outdoor space a springtime feel. With their pops of color and texture, flower beds easily shake the winter dullness off of your home. This list of 27 beautiful flower bed designs can help transform your yard from boring to “wow!”.
Whether you want to plant flowers, herbs, vegetables, or shrubs, there are pretty flower bed ideas here list for you. If you think plant beds are for grandmas and country cottages, think again! Flower beds don’t have to be boring or predictable. On this list you will find gorgeous floral layouts, unique planters made from repurposed household objects and designs using fun props.
From old suitcases to antique cauldrons, all it takes is a little creativity to show your personality through your garden! There are also tons of simple and easy to make projects, too. There are even ideas for raised beds so you never run over your plants with the lawn mower. Never fear if you have a small yard; simply try one of the vertical flower bed decorations on this list. It’s time to find your favorite bright and sunny flower bed ideas!
A flower bed filled with perennials is just the thing for blooms that last the entire summer then return year after year. Try a bed with a serpentine border dominated by pink begonias edged with smaller white begonias. Break up the pink and add height with discreet plantings of boxwood, miscanthus grass, barberries, day lilies and tall, orange canna lilies.
This dream garden creates a harmonious arrangement. Why not extend your garden blooms every year with tulips, annuals and perennials that will come back around each year with little maintenance? Space your flowers out so that the tulips stand taller than your shorter, low-growing annuals and perennials. Your tulips will return for several years when winters are cold, but may not survive when grown in warmer, moist climates. This stunning flower bed has a unique blend of red and yellow tulips. There are numerous color choices from white to even black tulips. Planting clear, primary tulips will create a festive effect in a mixed flower bed. Daylily, Catnip, Salvia and Bells of Ireland are all great companions for tulips and ones to consider if you’re thinking about recreating this gorgeous full flower bed.
Don’t neglect the side yard! Plant bizzy lizzies in a flower box and around the edge of a modest foundation bed. Contrast their pink and white blossoms with plantings of deep green hosta lilies. Though hosta lilies are mostly planted for their foliage, now and then they send up spires that bear small, lavender, violet or white flowers.
Old tree stumps are hard to dig out, so why not use them for a flower bed? One idea is to add pelargonium in the center surrounded by orange and gold nasturtium with variegated leaves — nasturtiums, by the way, are edible — and deep purple bellflowers. Plant some pelargonium, bellflowers and ornamental grass around the roots for a perfect balance.
Why not have a flowerbed shaped like a flower? Plant pink begonias for the petals, blue forget-me-nots for the center and a prostrate green plant such as Hacquetia for the curving stems. Scarlet impatiens tucked into a curl of sky blue spring gentian add a lovely accent. Make sure to keep everything trimmed and tidy.
A hollow log also makes an excellent flower bed. Shovel in some gardening soil and fill it up with cheerful flowers such as daffodils, pinks, blue and white phlox, blue irises and red gerbera daisies. The sword-shaped green leaves of these flowers contrast with the softness and brightness of the blooms.
A homeowner who is thinking of adding a deck should think about one with built in planters. In this case, the deck has a tile floor, but planters can also be built into decks made of wood. These beds delight the eye with pure white roses contrasted with purple lavender and butter yellow sundrops.
It’s perfectly acceptable to mix ornamental flowers with herbs, as long as they can be planted together. Try chives and different species of basil along with hosta lilies, heuchera, hen and chicks and ornamental grasses. Strategically placed round cobbles give the bed a certain gravitas. Their hard, rough brown surfaces go well with the soft green of plants and herbs.
A raised bed made of pre-cut blocks and pavers makes tending to the plants easier, especially if the gardener is getting on in years. Plant some ornamental grasses, turf lily, chrysanthemums, asters, thrift and perhaps a small, ornamental tree. Like the garden mentioned above, a vegetable or herb can be added. Don’t forget the garden gnome.
10. Make a Statement with a Bold, Colorful Flower Bed
What better way to add a little color to your garden than with a round flower bed with bright colorful flowers. The round cement border makes this little flower bed stand out and make a statement. The painted concrete border is an easy DIY that makes this backyard flower garden look customized and almost like a built-in feature. When it comes to choosing the actual flowers you want for your flower bed, the options are endless. If you want a cohesive look, try pairing the same color flowers together, like this yellow and purple all throughout your garden or around the backyard to really maintain the color theme.
A bed in a gravel yard lets the gardener indulge in all kinds of colors, heights and textures provided by aloe and agave plants, ornamental grasses, sedges and a rosemary plant allowed to grow to shrub-size. Blue gravel used both to separate the bed from the yard and as mulch brightens the colors of the plants.
When it comes to convenience, nothing beats flowers planted in clay pots half-buried in a bed of gravel. Bulbs do fantastically well with this scheme, including these party-colored tulips. Other flowers that sprout from bulbs or corms that would do well here are daffodils, members of the allium family such as onions and garlic and crocus.
If a homeowner has an old wheelbarrow that is past its prime, there’s no reason not to install it in the middle of a flower bed. Fill it with bizzy lizzies against a background of golden false sunflowers. Plant more bizzy lizzies, bellflowers and daylilies in front. An old fashioned streetlamp behind the wheelbarrow gives the bed height and interest.
An old suitcase can be repurposed as well as an old wheelbarrow. Prop the suitcase on chair and plant some magenta or white and purple striped bizzy lizzies or petunias and white asters. A gardener who is worried about filling the suitcase directly with dirt can place the plants in containers first.
River rocks make an interesting border for a bed that’s been planted under a cheerful window box. The main planting can be orange canna lilies, yellow and pink chrysanthemums or zinnias, stonecrop and a semi-circular hedge of bugleweed. A planting of white candytuft echoes the curve of the river rocks and makes the viewer think of a waterfall.
Another DIY flower and herb bed is made of wooden “soldiers.” In the center, at the base of a tree which may be an ornamental maple, are stalks of flowering onion surrounded by chives, dill, orange and yellow chrysanthemum and sage. A small mounded juniper gives the bed some heft and contrasts with the tall stalks of the allium.
Surround a stately Norfolk Island pine with plants bursting with color in this bed. A circle of purple and white and red and white striped bizzy lizzies spread out from the pine ringed by stonecrop, moss and pots of pink and white bizzy lizzies. Colorful zinnias and impatiens are found at the very edge of the bed.