29 Flower Bed Ideas (for Backyard & Front of House)

Flower Bed Ideas

With spring upon us, you may be thinking about landscaping your front yard or backyard with a garden. A flower bed is an excellent way to amplify your outdoor space, adding beauty, visual interest, and overall curb appeal to your home. As the weather starts to warm up, some colorful flowers and plants can add a wonderful springtime feel to your property – adding life to your home and removing that winter dullness.

29 Flower Bed Ideas

Whether you want to plant a garden in your backyard for personal enjoyment or design a flower bed in the front of your home to add charm and allure, there are plenty of flowers to choose from that will complement your property. If you’re not sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected 29 flower bed ideas to inspire your garden project and help you get those creative juices flowing!

1. Brick Corner Flower Bed

Creating an elevated flower bed using bricks is an excellent idea for a backyard that may be limited on space, especially if you have a fence. Pairing flower beds with fences is a very popular choice right now, as the area around the fence is often overlooked. There’s nothing that quite spruces up an unsightly fence than a gorgeous flower garden. For best results, choose the appropriate flowers and bricks that complement the color of your fence.

2. Stone Raised Beds

Masonry, or stone, raised beds are a classic choice. From private backyards to public parks, these flower beds elevate the space by adding color, texture, and volume. These types of beds offer much more than your average planting bed. The flat, raised stone even provides a lovely resting spot among the flowers. Not to mention, a stone or masonry-raised flower bed is a unique and elegant way to edge your lawn.

3. Circular Flower Bed

Symmetry is very appealing to the eye, and this same concept can be applied to your flower beds. As such, both oval and circular flower beds tend to be a popular choice. They can be especially remarkable when placed in the center of a well-maintained yard. You can opt for the flowers to be a single color, two colors, or an assortment of colors in your circular flower bed. Though, planting several colors of flowers in a round pattern tends to be the more difficult option.

4. Flower Bed Sans Edge

Since the flowers and plants in your flower bed will stand out from your lawn, whether it features grass, gravel, or concrete, creating an edge isn’t necessarily required. The flower bed itself will create a natural edge and even if some of the flowers overflow onto your yard, it can look rather appealing. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that having no established edge can make mowing more difficult.

5. Flower Bed Under Tree

One of the best techniques for making a deciduous tree come alive earlier in the season is to plant a flower bed at the base. For best results, consider planting some early spring species like crocus or daffodils. Depending on the flowers that you choose, the tree mulch will benefit both the tree and the flowers, solving any possible weed problems.

6. Flower Bed Under Window

One of the most striking views you can design for yourself is to create a beautiful display of flowers underneath your windows. Not only will it bring color and fragrance into your living space, but you can also enjoy your garden in all weather conditions from the comfort of the indoors. For south-facing windows, tall plants like sunflowers are great for creating shade where needed. Also, consider pollinator-friendly plants and native wildflowers to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

7. Flower Bed Pathway

Although garden pathways are pretty standard, there’s no reason that they need to be generic and plain. An excellent way to elevate your pathways is to plant flowers on either side. Not only will this clearly mark the path, but it will also make traveling through your garden a scenic (and possibly fragrant) experience.

8. Unique Patterned Flower Bed

For those who see themselves as being very artistically inclined, consider including complex shapes and patterns into your flower beds. While this may seem challenging for the average gardener, it is a surefire way to attract attention to your outdoor space. A design like the one pictured above you might find at your local botanical garden, however, you can create one similar in your own yard.

Though it will require quite a bit of pre-planning, measurements, drawing, and possibly even the assistance of a professional. Regardless, the result will be completely worth all the time and effort.

9. Terracotta Pot Flower Bed

As far as convenience goes, there’s nothing quite like plating flowers in terracotta pots and slightly burying them in a bed of gravel. Bulbs are an excellent choice with this flower bed idea, especially these vibrant tulips. Other flowers that grow from bulbs or corms that will perform well in this situation include daffodils, or any members of the allium family like garlic, crocus, and even onions.

10. Small Patio Flower Beds

A patio or deck is a great addition to a backyard and you can liven it up with some lovely flower beds to enjoy while unwinding. Whether your deck is made out of wood, stone, or tile, you can get creative with the layout to come up with something truly striking. All that’s required is some built-in planters, which will ultimately be filled with garden soil. When it comes to flowers, the choice is yours.

However, you can never go wrong with pure white blooms like these roses, which pair well with the dark lavender and rich yellow sun drops.

11. Tipped Over Wheelbarrow Flower Bed

Turning an old wheelbarrow into a flower bed is a very unique idea for a small garden. Tip it on its side, fill it with soil, plant some petunias, and it can fit perfectly in either your front or backyard. The metal of the wheelbarrow adds a slightly rustic, vintage appeal. Or, you can paint your old wheelbarrow a bright color to further elevate the look of your garden.

12. Hollowed Out Log

Similar to the wheelbarrow idea, you can give an old log a new lease on life by turning it into a unique flower bed. If you’re looking for a simple DIY project, this is something that you could easily achieve over the course of a weekend. Simply fill up the hollowed-out log with soil and plant some cheery blooms like irises, daisies, and daffodils in lovely white, blue, red, yellow, and pink hues. To add contrast and dimension, also include some sword-shaped leaves in your design.

13. White Fence and Cheerful Blooms

interest by planting a flower bed alongside it. Include flowers with pops of color, like bright pinks in a variety of hues, and plant them at the base of the fence for a very traditional look. Then, you can deliberately arrange some bricks to create an edge that separates the flower bed from the rest of your lawn.

14. L-Shaped Wooden Beam Flower Bed

Made out of thick wooden beams, this flower bed idea allows you to recycle some old construction materials. Its L-shaped design makes it suitable for a range of spaces, and the wood creates an excellent surface for resting and enjoying the garden views. When compared to other materials, wooden beams are much more durable. Though, since they are not chemically treated, you’ll need to use a durable plastic liner before planting.

15. Vibrantly Green Lawn and Flower Beds

Meticulously maintained and vibrantly green lawns can be a true delight. Though, if you love flowers, you may not be very keen on the dull and lifelessness of a simple green yard. Including multiple flower beds in your lawn is an excellent alternative to liven up your outdoor space. In this example, the lawn is reduced to only a pathway with a natural flow.

16. Small and Simple

Having a small yard and living right next to your neighbors doesn’t mean that your landscaping dreams can’t come true. Not only do small yards require less upkeep, but they also allow the opportunity to plan a small, yet versatile garden. In fact, small flower beds can make as much of a statement as large ones.

17. Flower Bed Against the House

Placing a flower bed against your house or even in front of tall fences, like in the image above, add depth and character to your outdoor space. In fact, a well-planned and designed flower bed can create the illusion that your yard is much larger than it actually is. Therefore, this idea is great for fenced-in backyards that have a square or rectangular footprint.

18. Stone Edging

A classic way to edge your flower beds is to use stones, bricks, or concrete, which adds both texture and diversity to your garden. As an added bonus, sun-loving plants and flowers can greatly benefit from stone structures as they retain the heat from the sun. Not to mention, tiny lizards will enjoy the warmth as well.

19. Border Fence Edging

Another option to edge a flower bed is to use a border fence. Oftentimes, these are used for edging square or rectangular-shaped beds – such as those planted against a wall or along a straight pathway. Generally speaking, it can be difficult to create waves or curves with this type of edging. Border fences can be made out of wire, plastic, or wood, though, the latter tends to be the most visually appealing of the three.

20. Green Curved Edging

Instead of edging your flower bed with hard materials like fences, bricks, or stones, you can use vegetation. This is the ideal choice if you want beds that have more of a curved or wavy pattern to them. While low shrubs will yield the best results, you can choose from a variety of different plants. Another advantage to using low shrubs to create green edges is that they will last for many years with little maintenance required.

21. Cauldron Planter

If you want to incorporate a planter into your flower bed, you can create a unique look with an antique cauldron. To keep with the theme, design it chained to some wooden posts and fill it with soil and pure, white busy Lizzies. Furthering them, you can even plant flowers in red, orange, and yellow hues around the base to symbolize flames. Red mulch and stone edging will complete the entire look.

22. Floral Edging

Edging a flower bed with one distinct species can create a very visually appealing display, especially when it’s done on an angle like the one pictured above. For best results, opt for flowers that are densely growing, cost-effective, and productive like chrysanthemums, asters, or begonias. These flowering plants should be hardy enough to withstand any abuse the occurs at the edge.

23. Circular Wood Bordered Flower and Herb Bed

Another excellent DIY project is to create an edge for your flower bed using wooden “soldiers.” In this example, the bed surrounds the base of a tree and includes stalks of flowering onion, dill, sage, and chives, along with yellow and orange chrysanthemums. It is both an elegant and practical flower bed idea that will add curb appeal to your yard and provide wonderful herbs for your kitchen.

24. Zig-Zag Flower Bed

There is much more to flower beds than the traditional oval or circular patterns that you often see in people’s yards. If you want something different than the standard approach, you can create some interesting geometry – like the zig-zag flower pattern pictured above. Not only is this design simple to achieve, but it is also very effective visually.

To create a geometric design, draft out the edges on the ground first using tape or sticks. Then, carefully plant your flowers within the borders of that pattern.

25. Stone Terrace Effect

While one of the aforementioned examples featured a traditional stone bed edge, this idea uses a similar structure but embeds it within the actual bed. This design creates a unique terrace effect that’s reminiscent of mountain slopes. Choose your plants accordingly, and consider opting for some that will drape over the edge to create a dramatic look. As previously mentioned, the stone will hold the sun’s heat which will be very advantageous for sun-loving vegetation.

26. Long and Linear Flower Bed

The elegance of long and linear flower beds is the perfect opportunity to experiment with color and textures. In this example, the flowers create a border of their own rather than relying on a traditional border design. The varying vibrant pink hues set the flower bed apart from the bright, green lawn. Meanwhile, the violets and yellows, paired with a range of tall shrubbery create a stunning, but still natural look.

27. Raised Bed with Built-In Bench

Another L-shaped flower bed design, this flower bed takes advantage of a corner and allows for more planting space in a small area. It is made out of wood panels and features metal reinforcements for durability. The sturdiness is required, as this raised bed features a lovely built-in wood bench snuggled right inside the “L.”

28. Actual Flower Bed

It doesn’t get more authentic than this literal flower bed. This homeowner used pieces of an old metal bed frame on either side of a white wooden raised bed to create a real bed for flowers.

29. Upcycled Trolley Flower Bed

Old trolleys are essentially just raised beds with wheels and can make an appealing addition to your garden. This idea can be very beneficial if you have dogs that have a habit of digging in your flower beds, as it raises the bed off of the ground and out of reach. However, the major downside is that trolleys can be pretty expensive and difficult to find, unless you already have one lying around.

Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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