Decorating your backyard or small spaces in your home is a necessary to make your home at the best comfortable place for you. Indeed, turning it into flower garden also being one of the best ideas for decorating your backyard or small spaces in your home. As their purposes for being decorative garden, flower garden has their own characteristics such as flower garden bloom, varies of flower color, and flower garden aesthetic design. Thus with characteristic, you can determine which flower garden design match with your own desire to decorate your own flower garden.
There are indeed have several important factors that you need to keep in mind besides it characteristic before you are starting to decorate your own flower garden. This factors such as soil preparation, sun requirement, location and the space needed, slopes, foundation, shape, edging, plant height, arrangement, and the theme of your beautiful flower garden.
Although you need to consider these factors, you can not take aside and not being concern to the decorative design that is the most important thing for your flower garden. Thus we will break down how to make your awesome flower garden and the factors that we already mention above.
How To Make Your Awesome Flower Garden
- Location and The Space Needed for Your Flower Garden
Do you have small spaces or large spaces for your flower garden? This question may help you to determine what kind of flower garden that you want to create. The large spaces indeed your advantage to make your dream flower garden happened.
However, nowadays in small spaces, you also can create a beautiful flower garden in the box that is becoming recent trend in the making of flower garden. You also need to consider the location in which you plant your flower or plant in your spaces. Small flower garden is smart choice to start.
This location can determine how your garden look from private outdoor part on your home such as decks, patios, and terraces. Also, this is can determine how your flower garden look in the eye of your neighbors or other people that pass by.
For example of this section, If you would like to have a spacious flower garden, then you need large spaces with proportional distribution of flower and plant with the path that you can walk or grass.
- The Theme of Your Flower Garden
Determine your theme of your flower garden after considering the location and the space needed is necessary. The theme can enhance the aesthetic feature of your flower garden as it has the same feeling all along your garden.
The theme whether it is dedicated along with your home style or your own customize preferences style, this can lead to different types of flower or plants that will be present in your garden. It also makes you easier to determine the plant or flower for your garden.
For example, if you would like to have cottage style garden, your garden will appear so colorful due to mix and match approach to cottage style.
- Finding Your Perfect Flower
As we already mention above, your garden theme can make you easier to find your perfect flower. However, there are several types of flower that available for your garden. The seasonal bulbs flower, short-term yet annual flower, long-living perennials, and vines are several types that you can choose for your garden.
You also need to know what flowers and plant give you in return such as their color, texture and their limitation in order to make your dream flower garden. For example, rose flower has bright color range from red to white, it also has compact size to reach seven meters long. It hybridizes easily but needs several requirement such as humidity and altitudes to grow.
- Sun Requirement
Every plant needs light to create their own fuel to live. Therefore we need to consider the sun requirement of the plant as they need different amount of light based on their type.
Some of the flowers need full of sun that encourage it to keep photosynthesized. Some need a full shade of the sun in order to grow because sun blockage the ability of the plant to grow.
The last, the others need part shade of the sun to be able to grow because both of the shades and the sun work together to make the plant grow. With this knowing, the plant on your garden can be fully grown and make your garden becoming more beautiful by the presence of it.
- Soil Preparation and Requirement
Other than you need to consider sun requirement, you also need to consider and prepare the media that your flower or plant grow to. This soil preparation and requirement encourages your plant to grow in the garden.
Every type of the plant also requires different kind of soil to grow as media. However, most of the garden plants or flower require well drained soils. A lot of plant is failed to grow because of the soil can not drain water properly. In order to prevent that, you need to prepare soil based on their requirement and well drained soil.
However, in the crucial condition, some of the plants can tolerate boggy soil condition. Due to that, place your flower garden far away from standing water during the spring thaw or after heavy rain.
Despite from it, some of the plant or flowers need boggy soil that requires a lot of water available for them. Therefore, place those flowers near a water source.
- Slopes Consideration
If you have steep slopes pose types of the backyard, you need to consider terracing in order to prevent soil erosion. Soil erosion can result in the loss growth of your flower and plants. Thus it will reduce the aesthetic value of your flower garden.
However, some of slopes may become good options for a spreading, mat-forming, and tough groundcover. Then, some of the steep slopes also may become an ideal site to place rock gardens and decorate it with it.
Remember, the slopes not only you need to avoid on several occasion, but the slopes also can create some of the aesthetic appearances for your flower garden. If your garden contains some slopes, you only need to decorate it and give your touch to enhance the feature of your flower garden.
- Foundation for Planting
Foundation for your garden is necessary in order to support the growth of the plant that presence in your flower garden. This foundation is placed before soil layer that becomes the media of the plants to grow.
However, many spaces in a house are lack of foundation for planting. The addition of flower beds, creating plant beds, or mixed foundation for planting can increase the ability of plants to grow.
Other than that, creating some new foundation for old houses are able to cover the unpleasant look of your recent garden and land. Thus preparing planting foundation for your garden is important in order to make your garden last longer.
Dividing your garden between flower, plants, and grass is necessary to make clean and tidy appearance of your flower garden. This dividing process is called edging. This process often uses a garden hose to point out the edge of your flower or plant bed before being created.
There are a lot of types of material that can be used in order to create edging between objects. The most common materials that have been used are flat spade, weed-trimmer, AÀor moon edger. While you can customize it by your own with using a variety edging materials such are metal, field stones, bricks, plastics, or pavers.
However, in making the edging you need to take your time to look into several perspectives of your garden. Then, you will have the desire edging in your garden.
- Plant Height
Sketching your plant height is a smart choice in order to make your arrangement easier. Your choice of types of flower bed also determines the plant height that is being the requirement of it.
Common plan for it usually include plant that has less 300 cm tall in the front third of the bed, 1 meter tall on the rear third of the bed, and for the center of a third of the bed is between 300 cm until 1 meter. However, this plan can you customize by your own preference.
In term of arrangement, there is formal and informal gardens arrangement that is being applied to the garden. In formal flower garden, the plant’s arrangement are often arranged in some destined patterns, regular patterns, or even in rows. While in informal types of garden, the arrangement can be mixed and distributed randomly.
This informal garden often is in clumps that are most often planted with the same type of plant that gives the natural grouping impressions. This kind of planting gives more pleasant look than single planting. While planting individual plants such as different in colors may cause jarring effects.
Best Flower Garden in The World
After we already breaking down the steps on how to make your awesome flower garden, here is the list of ten of the world’s most beautiful gardens courtesy from wonderlist.com.
- Kirstenbosch, Cape Town South Africa
South Africa which known as its forest has the world famous national botanical garden which is Kirstenbosch. This garden contains more than 2200 domestic plants. This variety of plant and flower make the garden colorful yet beautiful.
The conducive environment for plant and flower to grow offers a lot of South Africa unique flora that preserves in here. Besides from being a decorative garden, this garden also has different purposes such as being one of the true laboratories to observe plant physiology and how their characteristic.
- Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny, France
Began with the private property of the most known french painter, Oscar-Claude Monet, This garden is one of the world’s most beautiful gardens in France. The characteristic of this garden is the same with his painting.
In other words, this garden has messy bright colored patched, yet balance. The color of the flowers that distributed along in the garden create the warm feeling as it was being his paint. This garden is the must visited destination if you come to Giverny, France.
- Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco
With the cobalt blue color domination, this Majorelle garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world that have artistical impression from every part of it. Owned by Yves Saint Laurent, this garden is an artist’s landscape garden that have distinctive combination between the flower color, mostly red flower color, garden ornament and the color of the tree.
This uniqueness is brought this garden to be the most visited destination in Morocco which also houses of the Islamic Art Museum.
- Garden at the Versailles Palace, France
Carries classic french garden style, this historic garden at the Versailles palace bring you back to the era of classic European. The sub-trophic flowers distributed evenly in the flower bed along with the spaces of the grass. The addition of fountains, scenic vistas and winding paths also give the look of the garden is luxurious. Due to that, this garden is now one of the most visited destination in France.
- Kenroku-en Garden, Ishikawa, Japan
Next to Kanazawa castle, there are one of the three Japan’s greet gardens. The kenroku-en garden is a garden that shows a haven of peace in Ishikawa. This garden contains a lot of seasonal and short time but annuals types of bloom flowers that are beautiful in the spring season. With covers 11.4 hectares area, this garden is appointed to be one of the feudal lords’ most beautiful gardens in Japan.
- Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, Arizona
The first impression that this garden gives you as you walk in is dryness or heat. Founded in 1937, this desert botanical garden contains a lot of flower and tree which have less water requirement characteristic.
This beautiful garden portrays the unique sides of desert flora that actually have variety of types. Thus this garden becoming the most beautiful gardens and designated as a phoenix point of pride in Arizona.
- Bagh-e Fin, Kashan, Iran
Bagh-e Fin is one of the historical gardens that extend 2.3 hectares area and showing the crossed water rills design (Chahar bagh) into the garden. This garden portray the paradise that is described in the koran. It contains variety of cypress tree, flowers, and te mixed architectural from three Persian periods.
- Ji Chang Yuan, Jiangsu, China
Ji Chang Yuan garden is a tremendous unique garden that is known as the garden of ecstasy. This garden giving the look of breadth, height, and depth to everyone that walk in, even though it has a small area.
The addition of artificial mountain and rock appearance also give the natural look of the garden. Indeed the flower color that has short-term but annual bloom make it more beautiful in the seasonal time.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
The royal botanic garden is not only full of tree, but also the colorful flower liven up the atmosphere. This popular garden with over 1.5 million visitors, has large wide area that expands over 100 acress of the garden. Thus this garden is the most favorite destination in Victoria.
- Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, Austria
Mirabell gardens carry classical European flower garden that has the same characteristic with Versailles and the Tuileries. This beautiful garden is one of the historic center of the city of Salzburg Unesco World Heritage site. It features the varies of sculptures, marble creatures, and flower that dominated with yellow and burgundy color.
In conclusion, turning your spaces such as backyard or small spaces into your own private garden is enhance the aesthetic value of your home. However, in order to create your flower garden dream, you need to consider several factors.
This factors can enlighten you to transform your spaces. There are ten steps on how to make your awesome flower garden. This steps such as determine the location that available, the theme of your garden, types of flower, sun requirement, soil requirement, foundation planting, slopes area, edging, arrangement and plant height. However, this steps is not your rigid rules.
This steps can be customized depends on your condition and situation. This is just a guidelines to make you easier to make your flower garden dreams happened.
The ten list of the best flower garden in the world that distributed along from Asia to America is the example of the idea to transforms spaces into a beautiful flower garden.
By this list, we hope you can make your own flower garden idea into reality. Are you ready to decorate your own flower garden?