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                                                    Planning a Flower Garden
                                                             By Tim Sousa



   Gardening can be a very relaxing and enjoyable hobby. It is a creative activity, which can add color
and appeal to your home and yard. Gardening is more than just throwing some plants into the ground,
though. For the most enjoyment, and the biggest impact, you'll need to do some planning, and make
some decisions about your garden.

 Probably the most important consideration for your garden, is the type of garden. Do you want a herb
garden or a vegetable garden? Do you want a flower garden? Do you want flowers that only bloom
during the spring, or a variety of flowers to bloom from spring through fall? Or if you want, you can
have different gardens in your yard. Maybe a plot near the house for growing herbs, and then maybe
some flowers in the corner of the yard to add a touch of color.

 Once you know what type of garden you want, you can choose the location. If you want herbs or
vegetables, the best place for them is near the house, so that you can access them easily when
cooking. If you want flowers or shrubs, you can place them just about anywhere you'd like in the yard.
One thing to keep in mind as far as location is the amount of sun that your yard gets. Either take some
paper, and draw a rough map of the yard, or simply list the various sections of your yard. Then,
beginning in the morning, check the yard every hour and note whether the various sections of the yard
are in sun or shade. If an area gets 6 or more hours of direct sunlight, it is a full sun location. 3-6 hours
of sun is partial sun/partial shade, and less than 3 hours is full shade. Once you know the amount of
sunlight each part of your yard gets, you can choose the appropriate plants.

 You will also need to decide on the layout for your planting beds, and what you want to plant.
Depending on your tastes, you can lay out your planting beds in strict geometrical shapes, or you can
plan them in more free-flowing shapes, like an amoeba. The design is up to you, and what you prefer.
You'll also need to decide on how to plant the flowerbeds. You can plant a single type of plant, in neat
rows, or you can have several groupings of different plants. If you are going to be planting different
plants in one bed, make sure that they are all compatible. You'll want to choose plants that have similar
needs as far as soil, water, and sunlight.

 Be sure to address visual appeal when you plant. Use plants of varying colors and textures. Just be
sure that the colors and textures don't clash. You can add a vertical dimension to your flower bed by
planting taller plants in the middle or in the back of the flower bed, reducing the height of the plants as

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you go towards the edge of the flowerbed. For the most visual appeal, you should place plants in odd
numbered groups, three, five, or seven plants in a group, which will help the planting to look more
natural.

 When you're planning your garden, you may also want to plan where you want to place accent pieces
in your garden. If you have taller plants, you may want to place a couple of garden stakes or a gazing
ball among them to add some appeal. Tall accent pieces can also provide a visual anchor among
shorter plants.

 A poorly planned garden can just look like a jumble of random plants. A well planned garden will have
a much greater visual appeal. So, take the time to plan out your garden. Keep in mind that you can
always change your mind as you go along. Use your imagination, and make your garden unique.

Tim Sousa is the author and webmaster of http://www.accent-your-garden.com, a blog with some good
resources on garden decor and accents.




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                        Flower Garden Design Ideas: How To Create An Amazing Garden!
                                                             By Stephen Rhodes



 A flower garden can be a peaceful and beautiful refuge from the rest of the world. Sitting in the midst
of fragrant flowers while reading a book or strolling along paths lined with flowers in cheerful colors can
help you to wind down after a busy, stressful day. With some planning and work, a lovely flower garden
can be yours to enjoy.

Planning Flower Garden Designs

Creating beautiful flower garden designs takes much planning and consideration. You will need to
consider the types of flowers and combinations of colors you desire for the garden. You will also need
to think about the placement of borders and shrubs as well as seating and ornaments. It is a good idea
to choose an overall style for the garden and stick with it. When you begin your flower garden designs
project, you should make a scale drawing of the design to help visualize your concepts.

Shapes in Flower Garden Designs

Decide upon the shape and pattern for your flower garden designs. Rectangular flower garden designs
are a traditional shape and always popular. Circular shaped gardens add interest to the standard
rectangular lawn. Flower gardens planted on a diagonal to the house can make a lawn appear larger
than it actually is.

Styles of Flower Garden Designs

There are a number of styles of gardens that you can plant, and many of them are not too difficult to
achieve. Some favorite flower garden designs are listed here.

Rose Flower Garden Designs

Rose Gardens are easy to plant and beautiful to see. In addition to modern roses, include fragrant,
old-fashioned varieties of roses whose scent will delight. Plant bulbs in the beds and border them with
seasonal flowers to keep the garden full of color during the blooming seasons.

Cottage Flower Garden Designs

Informal cottage gardens have an old-fashioned, rustic look about them. These flower garden designs
incorporate the use of flowers, plants and vegetables.

Shade Flower Garden Designs

Shade gardens are good flower garden designs for spaces with many trees blocking the sunlight.
There are many flowers that do well in shady areas, including impatiens, begonia, azalea, hosta and
viola. The lack of leaves on the trees in spring allows spring bulbs to grow, filling the space with color.


Wildflower Flower Garden Designs


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Wildflower gardens are flower garden designs that feature plants indigenous to the area where the
garden is located. These gardens tend to require less pampering than some of the other types listed
here, usually not requiring much weeding or amendments to the soil.

Butterfly Flower Garden Designs

Butterfly gardens are delightful flower garden designs, planted with flowers known to attract butterflies.
Plants such as marigold, lilac, coreopsis, lavender, black-eyed susan and goldenrod are all good
choices for butterfly gardens.

Hummingbird Flower Garden Designs

Likewise, hummingbird gardens are a good choice for those who enjoy spotting these small birds.
Hummingbirds like richly colored flowers with sweet nectar and a tubular shape. Red and fuschia
flowers in particular tend to attract hummingbirds. Some hummingbird garden favorites are morning
glory, petunias, azalea, rose of sharon, delphinium and honeysuckle.



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