28 Flower Bed Ideas Perfect for Big or Small Yards

Bring color, charm, and cheer to your outdoor space with these brilliant garden bed ideas.

By Deirdre Mundorf | Published May 18, 2022 5:11 PM

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Flower beds can completely transform an outdoor space when used correctly. Putting careful thought into how your flower beds will be organized and arranged in addition to what you want to plant in them can make a huge impact on your landscape and curb appeal. Whether you have an expansive yard or a few square feet of space, these flower bed ideas can help you make the most of your garden to wow visitors.

1. Limestone Retaining Wall

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It’s easy to define your flower beds and add some dimension with limestone. Simply lay the limestone out along the edge of the garden, stacking two or three stones on top of one another. You can further define the bed by planting shorter flowers along the inside edge of the stone.

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2. Rose-Covered Trellises

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If you’ve ever dreamed of growing your very own rose garden, turn that dream into a gorgeous reality by adding some trellises. Plant climbing roses at the base of each trellis and wait for the spectacular and vibrant display that will follow. Sprinkle a few rose bushes in between the trellises or elsewhere in the garden to increase the rosy charm factor.

3. Sensational Succulents

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Low-growing succulents can add a nice contrast when placed next to taller plants. Not only are succulents attractive and popular, but they’re also easy to care for. With evolutionary adaptations like thick stalks and fleshy leaves, succulents can survive with very little water.

4. Natural Landscaping

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You can easily create a natural-looking flower bed by adding a few large stones and smaller rocks into your garden. No flashy decor is needed; the light colors of the rocks will contrast nicely against the vibrant colors of your garden’s plants.

5. Watermelon Garden

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Grow your own juicy summer fruits by planting watermelon seeds in your garden. Add in some flowers alongside the melon seeds to bring some extra color to the bed. Then, sit back and wait to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

6. Birdhouse and Bath

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Adding a birdhouse and bird bath to your flower bed is sure to bring colorful songbirds to your garden, but these fixtures can also give your outdoor space a special feel. This can be especially true if you seek out unusual birdhouses or baths that you can’t find just anywhere.

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7. Tree Stump Flower Bed

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If you’re looking to make a DIY raised garden bed that’s one-of-a-kind, why not convert an old tree stump into a flower bed? Carve out the stump a bit (if necessary), add some soil, and plant a few flower seeds to make the most of a stump that would otherwise be expensive or time consuming to remove.

8. Patio Garden Beds

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Using raised garden bed plans, you can add small splashes of greenery alongside your home’s patio, deck, or porch. A raised garden bed next to an outdoor entertaining or dining space can enhance the area and make it all the more relaxing when you have gorgeous flowers and plants to admire.

9. Rocks and Plants

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If you’re searching for flower garden ideas to add flair around the base of a tree, consider this attractive method. Planting different flower varieties relatively close to each other and incorporating a few large stones will maximize the available space and serve as a nice backdrop for your tree.

10. Walkway Flowers

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Create a front yard flower bed along the walkway to your home for a classic and timeless option. Lining a sidewalk or stone path with small flowers and plants helps guide visitors to your front door. To illuminate the path after dark, consider also adding a few solar lights.

11. Cheerful Pickets

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Add some springtime cheer by planting flowers along the perimeter of a white picket fence. The bright pinks, yellows, and purples will stand out nicely against the backdrop of the fence. As a plus, lining your fence with flowers further defines your yard and makes a welcoming impression.

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12. Flowery Lawn

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Place your flower bed alongside your lawn where it can benefit from getting watered by your sprinkler system. This will keep your garden healthy while also mixing some extra beauty and color into your turf. Time your sprinklers to water in the early morning to give your grass and flowers the water’s maximum benefit.

13. Purples and Greens

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A green-and-purple garden can attract butterflies and other beneficial insects to your flowers. Butterflies love pretty purple prairie flowers, making them more likely to frequent your garden when it’s in bloom. Add some brown mulch to help define the plants and enhance the overall appearance of the garden next to a stone walkway or sidewalk.

14. Repurposed Tin

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If you’re looking for an unconventional and inexpensive raised garden bed idea, you may have the supplies to make your own sitting around in the basement, garage, or attic. Old tin tubs, buckets, and milk pails can easily be converted to large flower pots or raised flower beds. Before filling the containers with soil, drill a few drainage holes into the bottom of each one to prevent diseases like root rot.

15. Weathered Beds

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Another DIY raised bed garden can be built using weathered or rusted sheet metal. When planning your raised garden bed, measure the available space and make a plan. Then, you can create a custom piece for your backyard. Once your beds are laid out and assembled, add soil and seeds or your choice of live plants.

16. Nature’s Finest

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Incorporating different plants and natural elements into a flower bed can really make an impression. In the pictured example, the large fern, Japanese maple, dwarf bamboo plant, golden koi statue, and slate mulch all work together to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. You could even add in a bird bath to encourage birds to visit your garden and further add to the natural elegance.

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17. Retaining Wall Flower Bed

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If you have a sloped backyard, you may already have a retaining wall in place to prevent erosion. Put this necessary structure to good use by converting the grassy area above the wall into a flower bed. Planting some flowering plants can turn a retaining wall into a your outdoor space’s focal point.

18. Bathtub Planter

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Bathtubs of all kinds can make for striking raised flower beds. If you’re in the process of a bathroom remodel, consider saving your old tub for this purpose. If you aren’t remodeling, you may even be able to find a vintage bathtub from a local antique shop. When converting a bathtub to a flower bed, drill holes in the base to allow for proper drainage. Once your tub is ready, add soil and plant your favorite flower seeds or bulbs.

19. Wooden Raised Garden Bed

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Classic wooden raised garden beds next to your patio or deck allow you to watch your flowers bloom and keep homegrown veggies nearby. This elevated planter, the best patio option in our guide to the best raised garden beds, is constructed from rot-resistant red cedar wood. The taller design makes it ideal for those with back, joint, or muscle pain, all while adding a lovely touch to any outdoor space.

20. Rock Garden

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A flower bed doesn’t have to be filled with greenery, flowers, and mulch to be attractive. There are plenty of ways to introduce a gorgeous rock garden to your space while still improving the overall aesthetics. In addition to possessing a simple beauty, rock gardens tend to be easy to maintain with fewer plants and flowers to tend to.

21. Tantalizing Tulips

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Strolling through your yard or garden can bring a lot of joy if you plant colorful tulips and other flowers along the edges of a walkway. The bright and happy colors of tulips on a warm and sunny spring day are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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22. Butterfly Garden

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Entice beautiful butterflies to visit your flower garden by planting some of their favorite flowers. Some of the top plants that attract butterflies include goldenrod, coneflowers, ironweed, lantana, and asters. If you’re serious about convincing butterflies to stick around, grow host plants where the insects can lay their eggs. Milkweed, violets, asters, and dill are host plant examples, but check with a local garden center to find the preferred flower varieties of your area’s butterfly species.

23. Rubber Landscape Edging

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Create a custom border around your flower bed without digging using EcoBorder rubber landscaping edging available at The Home Depot. This brown border, made of recycled tires, is easy to install in straight or curved lines to match the shape of any garden bed. Conveniently, the necessary hardware needed to install these 4-foot pieces of rubber edging is included with purchase.

24. Half-Log Edging

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The staggered 5- and 7-inch heights of this wood log edging available at The Home Depot helps create an intriguing flower bed border. Edging also helps to keep soil and mulch in the flower bed, reducing runoff and waste. The half-logs, finished with an attractive cedar stain, are attached to a flexible plastic backing, allowing for installation around curved and straight garden beds alike.

25. Lush Greenery

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Fill your garden beds with verdant green plants and bushes to enjoy stunning spring and summer views. Adding in a few flowering plants can help craft focal points and increase the space’s overall beauty. You may also want to consider adding darker mulch or rocks to the beds to really make the vibrant greens pop.

26. Curved Stone Wall

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Clearly define your garden beds by building a curved stone wall to separate them from the rest of your yard. Bends in the border make the view more interesting and attractive, drawing attention to the flowers growing in the garden. As an example, look at how the white and pink petunias along this curved wall enhance the yard’s appearance overall.

27. Garden Walkway

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An excellent raised garden bed idea is to incorporate them into your backyard landscaping and hardscaping design. Adding raised beds along the sides of the steps between higher and lower elevations on your property can add a nice touch and draw attention to the space’s flow. Planting taller flowers along the beds can also help accentuate natural slopes.

28. Wheelbarrow Garden Bed

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When you’re thinking about adding elevated garden beds to your outdoor space, there are a number of creative ways to make your own. One timeless idea is to convert an old wheelbarrow into a raised bed. Drill a hole in the base of the wheelbarrow, add soil, and plant some flowers for a decorative accent bed.

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