Flowers are a wonderful way to bring color, personality, and depth to your landscaping.  

There are so many variety and types to choose from!  This plethora of choice can be a double edge sword at times.  The upside is that there is certainly a flower in any color and size that you may be looking for.  The downside is that the task of planning out and designing your flower beds can quickly become daunting and a bit overwhelming.  

Here are a few tips and tricks from professionals that will assist you in planning a perfectly designed flower bed arrangement in no time at all!

First, before ever purchasing or planting a flower – research, research, research!!  The importance of this first step really can’t be overstated.  Some of the most appealing professionally designed flower gardens include a well-thought out combination of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, and seasonal bulbs.

 There are easy to find guidelines that will show you which plants will thrive in your location.  Considering seasonal temperatures and geographical location.  Picking a variety of flowers from those that are known to thrive in your location will give you the best foundation for your own flower gardens.

Another step to take before planting is to decide what type of floral landscape you would like to create.  Consider your personal style!  Flower gardens with a more modern twist might incorporate clear and obvious lines and boundaries.  A more free spirited garden would lean towards masses of mix-matched wildflowers.  Your flower garden should bring beauty to our landscape and be a representation of you and your own unique style.

The third step towards a professionally designed flower bed is to create a focal point.  Creating a large anchor.  Whether an architectural element of a mass of flowers that are the same color, will give the eye somewhere to start when you look at the flower bed.  This anchor piece should make a bold statement, then you can work out from there.

Fourth, take plant height into account.  While many of us pick out flowers based on color, the projected height of the plants is very important.  If you flower bed is against a house then the tallest plants should go along the back.  If it is a free-standing island-style planter then the tallest plants should naturally be placed in the middle.

Finally, consider when your flowers are projected to bloom.  Professional gardeners ensure that something is in full bloom throughout the growing season.  Do some research into when you can expect to see the flowers you have picked come into full bloom.