The flower beds can enrich the garden with color effects and even very suggestive shapes. By following these simple tips even beginners will be able to learn how to make flowered corners that need simple care and low maintenance.
To compose the flower beds and the easy-to-manage borders, you can choose between bulbous annual plants, or perennial herbaceous plants of medium and long duration. The first must be planted every spring and ask for little attention; perennials are reborn on their own, but need maintenance at the end of the season.
Sowing or ready seedlings? Some flowers are easy to sow, but buying seedlings can save you effort and have flower beds ready in a short time.
In the same flowerbed or border it is advisable to plant species that have similar needs in terms of exposure, soil, water and fertilizer.
The shape affects the maintenance: in a narrow border you will have less difficulty in treating the flowers inside. In large flowerbeds it is advisable to leave a walkway to reach the central area.
Do not neglect the use of foliage species (for example, the colorful coleus): they require very little maintenance and serve to interrupt dense groups of plants of the same species or color, making the composition interesting.
If you are a beginner, for best results, simply combine two complementary colors: red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple ... Use white as a third color to better integrate them and create bright spots.
To reduce maintenance, take good care of the preparation of the soil, incorporating some handfuls of slow release granular fertilizer for flowering plants: for at least two months you will no longer have to worry about fertilizing.
Some examples of plants to choose from: zinnia, gazania and impatiens, beautiful and generous annuals; aquilegia, cosmea, rudbeckia, robust perennials of few needs.