Thursday, April 2, 2015

FLOWER BORDER, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Flower border, image source: southernliving.com
We just love flowers and seeing them in a path, lined up like this is just beautiful.  These are a particularly striking combination that's why we saved the photo.  I think canna's are the tall green plants with red flowers...I see some salvia springing up too.  I think the key to something pretty like this is the varying heights.  Something tall, then medium, the smaller and smaller.  The textures and leaves are also different.  So nice to see the flowers this Spring.

Hmm, maybe we could do this in our flower beds I'm building, though the canna's can take over and might not be so good in a small bed next to the house, LOL.  

Be inspired!


31 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I see Canna, Sultana (not hardy), House Leak (an old fashioned sedum), and maybe some marigolds. Wonderful combination of textures and colors.

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    1. Thank you for the ID....it is pretty huh?

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  2. They do have 'miniature' Cannas, relatively speaking, that might suit you better.

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    1. Miniature cannas? Hmm, I didn't know that, I will keep an eye out. thanks!

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  3. why do my borders never look like this?!

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    1. Ha, I feel your pain (I think we all do, LOL!)

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  4. 1st Man,

    I love when you can set up flowers along a pathway, or around the house like this.
    No time to plant flowers here today, time for the Zen Machine to be pulled out. Plenty of grass to cut.

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    1. Zen machine time, yay! I popped a valve stem on mine, ugh, but it rained Sunday anyway so I couldn't have finished mowing anyway. :-(

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  5. Take a closer look. The border is a mixture of annuals and perennials. The picture was probably taken in mid to late summer since the autumn joy sedum in the front right blooms late. It is a lovely look but takes work to pull off.

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    1. You know your flowers, thank you!!!! It sure is pretty! Of course your yard is pretty awesome all the time as well.

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  6. Beautiful. A lot of planning goes into making flower beds like this.
    Things to consider in doing something like this is to consider that your plants all have the same water needs, same light conditions, etc.
    You wouldn't want to put shade lovely plants with those that require full sun.

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    1. https://www.google.com/search?q=planning+your+flower+beds&biw=1280&bih=628&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ZnwdVfzrO872oASG7ICQCw&ved=0CHgQsAQ&dpr=1.5

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    2. THANK you! Great google search, thanks!!!

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  7. It's one thing to be inspired, and then another when one is looking at a pathetic brown, weedy patch, LOL!

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    1. LOL! Hey, ours is weeds and just now starting to turn from brown to green, more weeds, so I can understand, ha. I'm easily inspired at this time of year, LOL!

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  8. Gorgeous! The key is to have different perennials and bulbs that bloom at various times as a base so it always looks good. Then add annuals for that extra pop of color and texture.

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    1. Yep, I've loften heard a mixture is the best choice to keep it blooming and looking good for months at time. As Marcia and Colleen said I bet it's a lot of planning.

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  9. Loving that garden bed - and recognising the work (and expense) which went into it. As well as planting for colour and texture I try and include scent. In the blooms and the foliage. There is a rose geranium beside the steps to our back door which we brush against as we come up the steps...

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    1. Isn't it great? I love the idea of something scented like that. Not sure I've smelled rose geranium now that i think about tit. Will have to check that out and see if they grow in these parts!!

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  10. Those are so beautiful! My husband is the one with the eyes for flowers and he's created a beautiful flowerbed on each side of the covered porch stairs. My gardening skills are such that I could kill a chia pet.

    LB Johnson

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    1. Ha, that made me laugh!! Hey, with the amazing food you prepare, I'm sure it's a fair trade off. :-)

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  11. I always find combinations that include the primary colors - red, yellow, and blue/purple - appealing to my eye. They're well-represented in your border picture, plus some pink and white.

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    1. That's a good point. I will have to think about that as I buy flowers for the flower beds we've done. Thank you for that!

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  12. I have read that these gardening magazines put together the best plants just before the shoot. Often some of the plants/flowers are plants popped into place just before the shoot. That is not to say all these pictures are faked.

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    1. Hey, they 'style' food for commercials and photos, I can totally imagine that for many photos taken of gardens too, ha.

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  13. Maybe you could try this: https://earthwormtechnologies.com/organic-gardening-shop/herbs-vegetables-flower-bed-design-garden-seeds-starters/bumblez-bloompucks-bee-pollinator-wildflower-garden/ I haven't tried it yet, but I am going to this spring!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for this link, I've never seen anything like this. What a great idea! thanks again I will check it out. Would love to just do that randomly around the property.

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  14. That's a very inspirational garden!

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    1. Well thank you, I'm glad to hear it. Now if only I could get ours to someday be this pretty, ha.

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  15. Lovely beds, but oh, how I wish my grass would look soft and green like that.....

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    1. Hi there!!!! Missed ya around! You know, I didn't notice that in the photo but you're right, the grass is gorgeous in the picture. Hey maybe it all photoshopped, LOL!

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