Landscaping Flowerbeds
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Flowerbeds make an interesting landscaping element. With proper arrangement of flower beds in your garden and attentive care you can insure a continuing bloom of lovely flowers year after year. You can choose from some simple to complex ideas for landscaping flowerbeds.

Timing The Flower Beds

 Plant the flowerbeds with flowering annuals and perennials which bloom at different times of the year. Choosing the flowers carefully and caring for them thereafter will ensure that the blooms overlap each other. So that when an old bloom disappears a new one starts to show its color.

Examining And Preparing The Soil

The best time to examine the soil to make a bed is late winter to early spring. Dig a 6 inches deep hole and fill it with water. If the water drains away quickly, then the soil is sandy and if it takes time to drain then the soil is clayey. You need to reform a sandy soil by blending it with compost.

To prepare the soil dig the bed 11\2 feet deep. Break up all the heavy lumps of soil. You can ease this process by spreading some ashes, cinders and sand in the bottom soil. Work some manure, well-rotted compost, peat moss and grass clippings into the bottom. Let these settle naturally, so the bottom does not become firm.

You should use good loam for the top soil. You can also consider adding a particular fertilizer which contains elements that your soil lacks\needs.

Planning For Landscaping Flowerbeds

Place your flowerbeds in a location that gets good sun. Keep in mind the colors of flowers and borders when you are landscaping flowerbeds. There should be sufficient contrast in the colors and texture of flowers and at the same time there needs to be an attractive blending.

Certain flowers are considered as being best for flowerbeds, like daylilies, asters, chrysanthemums, irises and ornamental grasses. You can use double borders around the flower beds.

An idea for a bed of annuals can be to stress on zinnias with a contrast provided by softer flowers like candytuft, cosmos and nasturtium.