How to Create a Flower Border Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide

Evelyn Long

Nov 28, 2022


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If you’re looking for a way to brighten your home’s exterior, consider planting a flower border garden. These skinny flower gardens can add color and beauty to your home’s dull or broken area. 

You can place your border garden in many locations, from around walkways to your home’s exterior or yard. 

You can create a unique space for your flowers with just a few steps. We have your step-by-step guide on how to create a flower border garden. 

Step 1: Choose Your Location

In landscaping, a flower border garden is a feature that outlines a space, such as your driveway, backyard or home exterior. 

When choosing your border garden location, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. Creating the garden means condensing the room you have for activities. Choosing your backyard means taking a few feet away from the perimeter. 

Also, choose how high you want your flowers to grow, as they could end up in front of a low window or block driveway visibility. 

It’s best to choose an area that needs the upgrade, such as where the grass is dying or where you feel your home needs some aesthetic improvement.  

Step 2: Create Your Garden Bed

Once you decide where your border garden will go, you can create your flower bed. To keep your garden neat, create a perimeter of stone or wood. You can find garden stones at your local home improvement store or order them online. For a wood border, you can pickup lumber from your hardware store or use wood recycled from another project. 

With a defined border, you can start preparing your garden for flowers. 

Step 3: Ready Your Soil 

After defining your flower border garden area, you can do a few things to give your flowers the best chance to thrive. 

Cut grass on top of your garden as low as possible before laying down old newspaper or cardboard. Leave the materials to smother any weeds or roots before digging the bed. 

As you turn over your soil, remove any debris hindering growth. Now is also the time to test your soil to see which nutrients to add. 

Once you till your garden, add some potting soil and fertilizer for your chosen flowers. Mix appropriately and cover with mulch. 

Step 4: Select Your Flowers

One of the most significant decisions when planning your flower border garden is whether to plant temporary flowers or bulbs. 

Bulbs should resprout yearly, while other flowers last the season before dying, allowing you to plant different flowers the following season. 

The size of your flowers also matters as you want a garden that fills your border without becoming a mess. 

Choose flowers that fit your climate’s hardiness zone to ensure they live throughout the season. You can often find them at local garden centers or nurseries. Read the instructions for each type of flower to ensure that you plant them at the appropriate depth and with the right amount of space around each one. 

Enjoying Your Flower Border Garden

A flower border garden is a great way to beautify any area around your home. Choosing the right location and flowers allows you to enjoy your border garden all season long. 

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