12 Inspiring Garden Flower Bed Designs
Enjoy a dazzling view from your house, deck or patio with a flower bed full of vibrant color. These 12 gardens show some great options.
Nothing says spring quite like the regal tulip. Trouble is, by themselves, tulips sometimes look a bit stiff and regimented. Underplant them with companions like blue forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.) and yellow pansies (Viola spp.) to anchor the flowers in the bed.
These purple larkspur (Consolida ajacis) hold sway over red poppies and white daisies, providing a naturalistic wildflower look. Daisies are among the easiest perennials to grow, while larkspur and poppies are rampant self-seeders that will sow a new crop year after year. Plus: Get a flower bed planner at your fingertips here. Don't forget to add edging! These are our favorite flower bed edging ideas.
Roll Out the Barrels
Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) is an intriguing fixture in the desert garden. The size and shape—contrasted by the upright cactus and the fist-sized cacti in bloom—guarantee visual interest. Here are some other desert dwellers you might like.
Beyond cacti, check out more low-maintenance flower bed ideas.
Do you prefer rock flower beds like this or mulch?
Just about 180 degrees in the opposite direction of prickly cacti are these bright and shiny begonias. And what a great use for these pretty annuals. Set them in a checkerboard pattern and instantly create a "55 miles per hour" flower bed—in other words, one that attracts attention even from passing motorists. Plus: Learn how to create an amazing river rock flower bed.
Just Warming Up
Orange and yellow are warm colors—full of fun and frolic. They're in ample supply here, with orange Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia spp.) backing up a river of yellow marigolds. Purple salvia punctuates the scene. All three flowers are pollinator favorites, too!
A piece of unexpected garden art in the form of a large red box makes its presence felt in garden flower beds. It's joined by easy-growing annuals calibrachoa, zinnia, salvia, euphorbia, marigold and cleome.
Hooray for Heather!
The pink, red and white heathers would make a pretty picture on their own, but they're set off even more attractively by a backdrop of pink sedum. Meanwhile, blue fescue adds textural contrast as well as a place to rest the eye among all the color. Next, check out our favorite raised flower bed ideas.
When you've got a slope, you might as well take advantage of the existing stage by stair-stepping plants. This bed features red petunias, hot-pink cosmos, yellow marigolds, white and pink cleome, and blood red celosia. Plus: Have you ever considered a pea gravel flower bed?
A Bold Outlook
A terrific burst of color is what you get when you plant a mix of bluebonnet (Lupinus spp.), Indian paintbrush (Castilleja spp.) and yellow aster. How could garden flower beds not look divine with an artful mix of these colors? Adding flower bed stones is a great way to add texture to your landscape, too.
In the Pink
Pink roses and white picket fences just naturally go together. Add some perennial purple salvia and chartreuse euphorbia, and you end up with a charming scene worthy of a painting. They're all perennials so they'll come back year after year. Better yet, the roses will scent the walkway with their heavenly fragrance.
And we finish off with another perennial bed, this one with a different color scheme and a less formal bearing. It features hosta, daylilies, sedum, wallflower, ligularia and ajuga.