How do I makeover this flowerbed?


How do I make this flowerbed from an eyesore into a beautiful area? It has no border, no color, etc.

q how to makeover this flowerbed
q how to makeover this flowerbed
q how to makeover this flowerbed
q how to makeover this flowerbed
  8 answers
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Aug 26, 2018

    well, you could start by removing all existing shrubs / plants; establish a 'border' by using a barrier between the 'garden' and your lawn; there are lots of materials for that purpose -- stone/brick/pavers/bottles/large rocks/and commercial plastic barriers that make weed eating/trimming much easier.

    Rake the surface of the soil to loosen and remove any errant root systems from weeds/grasses, etc.

    then - depending on your grow zone, and the amount of light in that area, work with a good local greenhouse/nursery [not a big box store] to help you select plants that will do well in your area.

    Place fragrant plants close to your entry way or porch where you can enjoy them; choose colors that complement the trim on your home;

    Go online and search on 'Ideas for planting a garden' ... there are a boozillion of them!

  • Lorrie Beth Tucker Lorrie Beth Tucker on Aug 26, 2018

    I would first remove all yard ornaments & such , then trim up the shrubs, being sure to clear out all the under brush. Then I would till up around the shrubs and add a border to separate the lawn from the flower bed. Then go shopping for plants of various colors and textures, and then add some bark mulch to finish it off.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 26, 2018

    Hi there, First of all define the border with Bricks or fence or Rail Sleepers or Empty bottles sunk in the ground Bottoms Up! Then add a few Large Rocks (For interest) from Garden Centre or Faux Rocks or Homemade rocks (Various ways to make them) Then go down to to Garden centre throughout the seasons and buy Flowering Shrubs to fill the holes. Once the bones of the border are there, you can then fill with Perennials and after that Bulbs and annuals. Have fun and enjoy the process................

  • Deborah Deborah on Aug 26, 2018

    It looks like you have some nice looking plants that could be reused. It's nice to have some height variation in a foundation planting, so I would keep the small tree, but you will probably want to at least trim the shrubs blocking some of the windows. If you don't like those you could remove them. The smaller lighter green plants layer well against the taller shrubs. Stack your plantings so the smallest will be in front and larger in the rear. You could make the majority of plants perennials, but leave space for annuals in front which would allow you to have some color added in throughout the year, or you could consider a permaculture planting in which you would mix decorative and edible plants. If you like a more formal look add a border, but if you prefer a more casual look you could just use a more decorative mulch like wood chips and rake them to keep them in the border area. The mulch would need periodic refreshing.

  • Rja15831238 Rja15831238 on Aug 27, 2018

    Deborah, thank you for your time and suggestions! 🌸🌿

  • Heje Heje on Dec 19, 2018

    I agree with the other Hometalkers that a border is needed. I would use a ground cover and then cover with mulch, then add some colorful plants and bigger garden ornaments.

  • Dem34225203 Dem34225203 on Dec 19, 2018

    By now you probably have your garden area fixed. I just now see your question. For easy on future labor. I’d wait till I saw someone tearing down and older brick home. Ask for free or low price N make a border with pathway. The pathway either with brick or flag stones path works well for rounding corners and reduces mud. Trim the large bushes 1 time per month. Lay down black plastic and put river rock pebbles (about an 1” big) in between shrubs. If you want color, seek plants that perform many months. Lantana, attracts butterflies and humming birds, n blooms for months. A park bench gives it a comfort look. A bird bath full or empty looks like a nature lover. Let us know what you did.