Learn how to create flower garden designs that suit your particular garden...
What's your garden aspect? And which plants should you use to make the most of this? Find out, here...
The 'aspect' or direction which your garden faces has a big impact on the plants you choose, and your designs for garden flower beds...
We've already seen how the aspect of the garden can affect how you use your garden, and where you might want to position your seating areas...
If you missed that, or if you want a refresher, click here to see my garden design tips for garden aspect...
Click here for the Checklist to help you complete this section...
Now, we're going to look at how your designs for garden flower beds is (or should be!) very much influenced by the aspect of your garden...
Choosing plants that work well in your garden, and your particular garden aspect, will mean:
For this page on flower gardening advice for garden aspect, we're going to concentrate on choosing climbers, shrubs and plants that work well in a particular aspect...
You can use your Free Garden Design Checklist to note any particular plants to consider for your own designs for garden flower beds...
Next section - Light and Shade in Gardens
Please note: This information is correct for gardens in the northern hemisphere - for gardens in the southern hemisphere, you should swap north for south in the following help for designs for garden flower beds - East and West will remain the same.
Designs for Garden Flower Beds that Face North
Northern-facing beds and walls are quite shady places - and this means you have the best chance of your flower garden designs succeeding if you choose plants that thrive in shady places...
Also see plants for shady areas for more planting ideas - Click here for planting for shade in gardens.
Designs for Garden Flower Beds that Face East
East facing walls and flower garden designs have the main problem of the morning sun - you might think it's lovely to wake up in sunshine...
...and so it is!
...but for plants, it can be a big problem - especially in winter and early Spring, when tender leaves and buds are frozen with cold!
The rapid thawing on frozen plants can damage the buds and leaves (camellias are particularly susceptible to this).
Damage to frozen flowers can also mean that plants produce no fruit - so if you want to put fruiting plants in an east facing position in your garden design ideas, the best flower gardening advice is to choose plants that flower later on in the year, when the risk of frost is less.
With the morning sun, plants can start their new growth in Spring earlier - so it appears when there is still a risk of damage from frost.
Designs for Garden Flower Beds that Face South
South facing garden beds can be real hot-spots. Many plants love the extra light and warmth, but some will find it just too hot!
A south facing wall or bed can also help tender plants survive the winter.
South facing beds can be hot and dry though, especially at the base of walls. Try to plant a little away from the wall, and choose plants that cope better with dry conditions.
Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliott'
Also see plants for hot and dry conditions.
Designs for Garden Flower Beds that Face West
Afternoon and evening sun is great for plants that love sun, but can't quite cope with the intense heat and dryness of a south-facing wall.
It is also a good spot for early flowering shrubs and plants (that might be damaged by morning sun in east facing beds)
Please note: This information is correct for gardens in the northern hemisphere - for gardens in the southern hemisphere, you should swap north for south in the above help for designs for garden flower beds - East and West will remain the same.
These garden aspects designs for garden flower beds should give you a good indication of what will work well in a particular spot in your garden.
Don't worry too much about the specifics for now - just note down on your Free Downloadable Garden Design Online Checklist some ideas about your own garden aspect, and about any suitable plants you like the sounds of, and you think might fit your garden design ideas...
To help you with this, we'll also look at more designs for garden flower beds, concentrating on Light and Shade in Gardens.
Also look at low maintenance gardening for hot and dry gardens
More about garden design tips for your aspect, here...
I recommend this great little RHS Guide, which has some very good sections on choosing plants for your own designs for garden flower beds, by their preferred aspect and planting position:
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