5 Ideas for Landscaping Island Beds
Island beds are a beautiful touch to a vast, flat yard because they draw attention to the size of the yard with their elegant and unique styles. You can find all sorts of ways to make your island bed uniquely yours, but here are a few ideas to help you create your own unique design.
You can grow your island bed plants in a pattern. You can choose a pattern everyone can recognize, like a checkerboard or a flag, or you can try to mimic a mosaic pattern with colorful flowers in a celestial pattern if you so desired.
You can also plant your flowers in different shapes that simulate any object you can fathom; cars, trucks and words are common growth patterns to use in your island bed.
Island beds often look best when you use varying heights of plants in an organized way within the confines of the edging. If you plant the tallest plants or shrubs in the middle, and then plant the smaller and shorter plants around the tall ones. This makes it look organized and well-planned, even if you didn’t necessarily plan it much.
Try using contrasting or complimentary colors in your island bed garden. This makes the bed stand out even more than its mere presence, because the eye is attracted to not only the existence of the island bed but also to the colors that are planted there. For an even more dramatic color effect, plant some monkey grass in the center and use brightly-colored petunias or begonias in front of it so that you have a neutral backdrop to bring out the vivid hues of the flowers.
Using an edging on your island bed is a great way to bring definition to your island bed, especially if you use an edging that’s made of something like white marble chips. Against green grass, white marble chips are a stark contrast and can draw the eye right to the beauty of the flower and foliage growth within the boundaries of the edging.
Edging lends a second use to your island bed: weed prevention. You can prevent the spread and growth of weeds just by using a rock edging around your island bed. You can also help to add important minerals to the soil naturally every time you water your plants in their island bed home.
Mulch comes in all different colors if you know where to look, but the most common colors to find mulch in are brown, red, and green; the latter of the three are dyed. Not only is this a great backdrop for your plants but it’s also an effective way to provide your plants with nutrients without fertilizing them and running the risk of nutrient burn. You can put down mulch around your plants after you plant them, and replenish it later on in the year if necessary. Mulch also helps the plants to fight weeds.
These are just a few things to think about when you’re designing your own island bed for your yard, and if you wanted to customize them to fit your tastes, you can find all of the tools and supplies necessary to do so.