Plan your flower gardens for success.
Flower Garden Landscaping
We would like to share some of our flower garden landscaping ideas with our visitors. Maybe it can help you to create your own successful flower gardens. Many of our flower gardens were created to keep us from mowing onto rocks and short tree stumps, and also to help slow or stop flood erosion. Knowing the different environmental elements will help to determine what type of flowers to grow and in what places. Every garden will be a little different.
To start our garden flower landscaping, we became familiar with many plants that thrive in our area. This is very important if the flowers are to flourish year after year. Find flowers that can stay in the ground through the winter. It is fairly easy to find many of these flowers by observing what other people are growing in your area. If possible, try to pay attention to how much time is spent tending these flowers.
In Arkansas where we a located, there are flash floods, droughts, hot summer sun and mild winters almost yearly. In order to have flowers that return yearly, they must be able to survive all of these elements. The heat of summer and the droughts mixed with the high humidity make summer time planting difficult, so we usually do our planting either in the spring or duringt the fall. However, sometimes we will transplant spring blooming bulbs during the summer if we are getting rain through the season
Landscaping Around Obstacles
We have a lot of rocks around the property so instead of spending an entire day or more on weed eating every week, we decided that we needed plant naturalizing flowers in several areas. The leaves on our oak trees help us to control the weeds in these areas since we don’t do a lot of raking either. These elements also greatly influence our flower garden landscaping.
Red Spider Lilies: Red Spider Lily flower garden
This flower garden idea shows a couple of the rocks that we mentioned above. This area is pretty much maintenance free year round. Behind the rocks is a fence and couple of cedar trees. In the fall the wind blows leaves from nearby oak trees along the fence. Both the cedar trees and oak leaves discourage grass and weeds from growing in this area. Spider lily flower bulbs are the only flowers that we have been able to successfully grow in this area. They thrive here, reproducing at a surprisingly fast pace. A few other hardy flower bulbs were planted here but were unable survive the elements.
Old Fashion Daylilies: Landscaping with Daylilies
Many people have obstacles on their property that they would like to hide or dress up. For instance, take this ugly 500-gallon propane tank that sits in the wide open. To make it more appealing three seasons of the year, native daylily flowers were planted in a border around the tank. Now the grass can be mowed up to the foliage and the tank is not such an eyesore any more. As a bonus, the foliage helps to control the weeds, resulting in a maintenance free flower garden.
Landscaping with Daffodils and Red Spider Lilies
We have gotten so many compliments on this flower garden border that we must share. Planted on both sides of the drive in a single row are three different flower bulbs. Two types of the bulbs are daffodils, and the other is the red spider lily. The foliage begins to appear in February. In March yellow daffodils begin to bloom and the drive is bordered with bouquets of yellow flowers. In April the paperwhite daffodils bloom. Then in September the drive is lined with the red spider lilies. The foliage on all three of these flower bulbs come up in early spring, usually February. From around June through August the area is mowed. A couple weeks after the red spider lilies bloom the foliage emerges from the flower bulbs again. These naturalizing flower bulbs work great together and each year the bouquets get fuller with no maintenance.
Early Spring, Late Spring, Fall
Jonquil Daffodils, Paperwhite Daffodils, Spider Lilies
Red Spider Lily Garden: We planted the red spider lily heart shape garden in the fall of 2007 with about a hundred red spider lily bulbs. In 2008, a few of the bulbs bloomed. The picture of flowers to the left was taken Sept. 18, 2009. Next year the rest of the bulbs in the heart flower garden should bloom, filling in the entire heart with red blossems. This flower garden idea was inspired by the color of the flowers and the love of seeing beautiful flowers.
Shamrocks and Azailia BushLandscaping with Shamrocks
In this shamrock garden, we have shamrock flowers bordering the building with an azalea bush in front of them.
To bring the garden idea to life, we simply transplanted the shamrock bulbs that were already growing elsewhere in the yard into this nice low maintenance flowerbed.
When we first acquired the property, there was a large population of moles and a huge number of slugs. Neither of the critters bother these two plants.