How to expand flower beds?
Beautiful, vibrant and lush flower beds define the character and style of the garden. And sometimes, admiring the flower ensembles, I so want to have more colors in the garden! When there is a desire to increase the area of flower beds and flower beds, to expand flowering objects, the search for a way to implement this idea often leads to some difficulties. We will tell about them in detail in this material.
- Tasks that are solved by expanding flower beds
- A specific plan - the beginning of work to expand flower beds
- Key flower garden expansion strategies
- Stages for expanding flower beds
Tasks that are solved by expanding flower beds
To arrange a new one, larger in size and even more elegant, from a simple flower garden or a flower bed - such an idea, for sure, has visited at least once every gardener. It is good when the desire to expand flower beds of any type is dictated by purely decorative considerations.
A boring lawn, a gloomy corner that wants to add more light and color, a desire to see more favorite or seasonal colors in the garden, a very liked motif or a combination of plants that it is desirable to “stretch” and multiply, allocating more area under it - frequent, but not the only ones reasons for the increase in the area of flower beds. Sometimes for a flower garden expansion “push” much and less pleasant reasons.
The garden, in which all the plants have developed and grown, have reached the peak of decorativeness, looks perfect, but the balance and balance in the garden objects are disturbed over time. The effect of lush flowering and an idyllic landscape is never permanent. Due to the fact that even on the most stringent, not to mention landscape, flower beds and flower beds, plants grow and develop, sooner or later they inevitably begin to interfere with each other and grow old, requiring rejuvenation.
Even well-planned projects by the designer still need some intervention after some time. Due to the natural struggle for light and space, all flower beds thicken and change. The problems with flower beds, in which the plants interfere with each other, are solved not only by the separation and planting of perennials, cardinal anti-aging pruning of shrubs, but also by the expansion of the area.
If you have accessible plots, the flower garden is adjacent to the lawn or clearings with ground covers, then the easiest option is to restore order to the running flower garden - to expand and move its borders to new territories.
A specific plan - the beginning of work to expand flower beds
The task of expanding flower beds is considered quite complex. Indeed, when it comes to an already existing garden object, it is possible to “attach” an extra area to it without losing the integrity of the appearance and without violating the aesthetic perception, only after careful planning.
Not only those who try to abstract from already existing images and emotions and turn to the help of schemes and geometry will not be able to destroy the familiar look and style of the garden, preserve its beauty and at the same time significantly expand the flowerbed or flower bed. After all, it is not the filling of flower beds, but their shape and planting scheme that should dictate how to arrange flower beds and larger ones.
The first thing to do before planning the future look and size of the expanded flower garden is to determine its initial parameters. If you saved flower design schemes or sketches, use them. If not, draw new ones using a schematic representation of the plants and select the rapport (order or pattern) that underlies the flower garden.
As part of determining the parameters of the flower bed that you plan to expand, you need to clarify the following features:
- flowerbed form - square or rectangular, elongated-rectangular, linear, oval, round, semicircular, triangular; break complex shapes into simple geometric shapes - “units” that you will manipulate;
- determine the position of paths or paths in relation to the flowerbed - these are the axes along which you will need to navigate when expanding the area;
- select the elements that cannot be changed - focal points in the form of shrubs, trees or buildings, objects of small architecture, sculpture;
- identify the problems that need to be solved when expanding the flower bed - are there overgrown plants, is it necessary to replace or remove part of the plants, is it worth introducing architectural elements or changing the background for the flower garden, does it make sense to isolate it from the general plan with a new hedge or screen, do you need to introduce new accents and vertical elements, etc.
It is the parameters of the original flower garden or flower beds that will determine how exactly you can “move” when they expand. After all, the task of preserving the character and image of the flower garden when changing the area is achieved only by duplication or addition, but not a cardinal change in the plantings themselves.
The plan of planting the flower garden is repeated in a new area - the flower garden is “beaten off” according to an already defined pattern. But what kind of template this will be, how best to use or transform it, determine the initial parameters of the flower garden.
Key flower garden expansion strategies
There are four strategies for expanding flower beds:
- Copy or repeat - planting nearby, in a neighboring square, “butt” or across the track an exact copy of an existing flower garden.
- Mirror reflection - “flipping” the flower garden or flower scheme along one of the sides or a separate axis - a track or a large object (as in a mirror).
- Combination - addition of the existing flower garden with new flower beds of a different shape with the same alternation and set of species, but with a different planting principle; in fact, it is a combination of several patterns with common motives and plants, perceived as a harmonious ensemble.
- Partial displacement - replacing parts of plants on an existing flower garden and breaking down a number of flower beds with a different character, in which old and new plants are used.
These strategies seem complicated only in theory. In practice, everything is very simple. So, if you have a flower garden on one side of the garden bench or arbor, just repeat it on the other side to mirror it to expand into one object or combine repetition with combination - introduce another long rectangle or horseshoe flower around so that the two flower beds are connected into a single ensemble third.
Square and rectangular with wide sides, the flowerbeds are repeated in a row, arranged in a row or nets and series, leaving spaces for the tracks. Narrow rectangles beat off on both sides of the track or repeat in a row, unfold at right angles to create a frame-limited area.
Two parallel workers walking in a row or have exactly the same workers close to the outside, increasing the old area twice. The semicircle is beaten off mirrored on the flat side, creating full circles, placed in a row along the track, combined with a mirrored semicircle and a new oval, creating smooth contours. Or supplement with two narrow rectangles with a gap-track between them, getting a horseshoe flower garden.
Triangular flower beds "bend" on one side. If you need to surround an object or create a feeling of a continuous line, rectangular, square or elongated flower beds-ribbons are interconnected by triangles, circles and squares, observing the alternation and the principle of planting plants on new objects.
You can combine any flowerbed with the landing patterns on the sides or only in width and length, halving in size, simply shifting its borders and continuing the usual rapport.
The time when you can expand the flowerbed is strictly limited even for regions with mild winters. And for the middle band there are not so many options. It is best to deal with the expansion of flower beds and spring in the spring - as soon as the snow melts and the soil warms up. In March and April, at the very latest - at the beginning of May, work begins to increase the area of the flower garden and outline the contours of the future flowerbed. In the southern regions, flower beds can be expanded in late summer or early fall.
Stages for expanding flower beds
The following stages of flower garden expansion can be distinguished:
- Start expanding the flower stands with the largest plants - trees and shrubs. If already growing plants need rejuvenation and pruning, then first they carry it out. And then in the territory where they plan to expand the flowerbed, they place the largest vertical accents and flowering or ornamental shrubs that will repeat the motif of the main flower garden.
- The second step is the correction of the shortcomings of the old flower garden. If you need to remove plants from it, then work is carried out immediately. The installation of a gazebo or the clearing of a recreation area, the laying of paths, the planting of hedges or the additional measures for zoning and protection are also taken even before embarking on tillage.
- At the third stage, the plants that need to be divided and transferred to a new place are dug up with a large earthen lump and laid out in the garden in a place where it will be convenient to carry out the separation. Separated plants, if the work cannot be carried out quickly (like the new planting material), it is better to dig in for better preservation at the time of planting in a constant place.
- At the fourth stage, it is important to prepare the soil for new landings. The territory occupied by the enlarged flower garden is carefully cleared, turf is removed from it, deep digging or loosening of the soil is carried out. Organic and mineral fertilizers are added to the soil, if necessary, change the reaction or improve the texture of the soil, add additional additives. In place of dug plants, the soil is also cultivated. It is worth preparing all the materials and tools that you will need in your work, including mulch, which you can use after planting the plants.
- Planting plants in additional territories is carried out as well as when breaking down any flower garden. The best option is to decompose the plants according to the scheme directly on the ground. The ability to inspect, adjust the plan and some simplification of landing can significantly save time and effort. The first flower garden is filled first, and only after that they begin planting in new territories. They begin to be planted with the largest and fastest growing crops, complete with planting in the foreground, groundcover and low perennials.
Planting on an expanded flower garden should be completed not only by watering, but also by mulching the soil. During the first months after planting, plants need to provide thorough care and constantly monitor their condition.
Full growth of plantings will take several years, but, as a rule, extended flower beds begin to look like solid objects from the next year after planting. Of course, if you used strong and adult seedlings, large divisions of perennials, then the decorativeness of flower beds and flower beds is achieved much faster.