Flowerbeds are an integral part of most suburban lawns, and it’s hard to imagine a home without one. A well-maintained flowerbed can really increase the curb appeal (and thus the monetary value) of your home.
In addition to your annual mulching, there are hundreds of things you can do to your flowerbed. But, not everyone wants to invest a lot of money in their flowerbeds. So we asked some garden experts, as well as some lawn care companies in Gaithersburg and Woodbridge that we work with, and we’ve brought you 6 fantastic, easy and affordable ways to take your flowerbed to the next level.
1) Evergreen Viburnums
Evergreen Viburnums are fantastic shrubs that also offer a touch of beauty. They can hide ugly basement windows and really fill out a flowerbed. Since there are so many species of Evergreen Viburnums native to North America, you should not have trouble finding one that will grow in your region.
Linda Lehmusvirta, writer for the Central Texas Garden blog says “These fast-growing evergreens quickly shield a fence or screen a view. In spring, they’re covered in fragrant flowers that attract beneficial pollinators. Prune for shape, if you wish, after flowering.”
2) Bamboo Edging
Image courtesy of Cali Bamboo
This is something you don’t see every day. Whether you have a mulch or a Xeriscaped bed, bamboo is a unique and sustainable way to add character to your flowerbeds. “Adding a unique edging to your flowerbed, such as bamboo, can not only create a beautiful visual contrast, but it also helps to deter pests which is always a plus,” says Katie Colleton, Green Design Expert at Cali Bamboo in San Diego.
3) Worm Poop
Yes, you read that correctly. Gardening expert Dianne Venetta of BloominThyme says, “One of my favorite ways to enhance my garden flowers-vegetables, too-is worm poop. Rich in nitrogen, it feeds my flowers’ leaves.” You can buy 15 lbs of the stuff for 20 bucks on Amazon.
This one is a double whammy, not only because it’s pretty and easy to install, but it’s delicious as well. Linda Lehmusvirta says, “This structural evergreen herb adds a fabulous dimension to any sunny, well-drained spot. Upright versions are best. There are many varieties, so do look at mature size. Most flower to attract pollinators. Prune lightly now and then, if you wish, and add its leaves to recipes, potpourris, mop water, and facial steams.”
You can’t go wrong with a Rosemary bush. Not only is it a beautiful plant, but chicken with fresh rosemary is absolutely delectable.
5) Hubcap Flowers
This is just plain cool. Reeves over at The Weathered Door came up with this exciting way to take the hubcaps from the side of the road and turn them into ornamental garden pieces. Simply paint them how you see fit, then mount them on a leaf-looking poll and voila, you have a yard ornament cooler than anything you could buy off the shelf at Bed, Bath and Beyond!
Again, not a pretty sight, but compost can provide valuable nutrients to a flowerbed or garden. For example, my grandparents fertilized an entire vegetable and herb garden with compost alone.
David Bakke of Money Crashers says, “Composting can also go a long way in making your flowerbed pop. Add in grass clippings, produce waste, egg shells, coffee grounds, and dead leaves to your soil. The goal is an even mixture of green and brown compost. Avoid anything with oil in it, weeds, and pet manure.”
There ya have it, 6 Easy, Affordable ways to make your flowerbed pop! Looking for a touch up to your flowerbed? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out!