When looking for edible flower garden ideas, think of what sorts of flower gardens really catch your eye. What attracts you?
Repeating lines and/or shapes?
Unusual or very large flowers?
An orderly array?
A wild untamed sprawl of flowers?
Flowers planted in a place or in a way you've never seen before?
There are as many flower bed designs as there are
designers. Everyone has their own unique ideas about what makes the best
So don't feel
compelled to use other people's flower garden ideas -- make your own
combinations by mixing and matching things you like in other people's
gardens, ideas from magazines, websites, or botanical gardens. You could even ask your friends and family for ideas.
In this way, you can develop your own ideas to create your unique edible flower garden.
Some flower garden ideas that work in any garden:
in groups of odd numbers -- the bigger the plant, the smaller the
number. One banana plant is fine, but lay out smaller plants in groups
of three, five, seven or nine to give a full effect and prevent a
spotty, cluttered feeling.
The only exceptions to this are plants like daylilies which multiply.
out a large circle or oval then arrange plants in concentric circles,
with larger plants as you go towards the center, one group of tall
flowers in the center.
In the photo above, a sloping half circle is used. Adding taller plants on the outside of the half circle can give a floral hedge effect.
Train an edible flowering vine along a fence or wall, with groups of shorter flowering plants in front of it
white picket fence along the front of your lot would look great with a
line of the same flower (either pastel or some brilliant color) marching
along the front.
How about a theme garden? Here are some edible flower garden theme ideas:
An all white flower garden (or any other color)
A walled "secret" garden, like the one in the photo above.
A butterfly garden
A childrens' garden
A cut flower garden, suitable for edible flower arrangements
A Japanese flower garden
Many flower gardens use a variety of flowers, but you don't have to. How about a garden with just one type of flower, such as garlic flowers, mint flowers, thyme, or nasturtium flowers?
If you have a large area, try planting a block of perennials or edible flower bulbs that flower at different times of the year according to
the seasons and holidays: red and pink tulips for Valentine's Day, the
appropriate colored flowers to bloom in time for your national holiday,
bright yellow flowers for mid-summer, fall blooming flowers in autumn
If you add low shrubs or ground covers that have bright fruit or berries in the winter, this gives you color all year around.
could plant your edible flower garden so that a word, symbol or phrase
shows up when your flowers are in bloom, great for sports enthusiasts or
those who love a special holiday.
you have a long straight walkway to your front door, putting one or
more lines of flowers along it can be a very effective display
a shade flower garden around a tree (in whatever pattern suits you) can
brighten up an area that might otherwise not get much use
along the base of your foundation are always appropriate. Place taller
plants behind shorter ones so the smaller flowers can be seen.
is a lovely way to bring more edible flowers into your garden. An
impressive urn filled with flowers dresses up any flower bed design.
you can do more than one of these! Whether you have a big or small
garden, the edible flower garden is one sure way to add color and
interest. Have fun with it!
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