Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

Me, planting a rose (my favorite)

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson

 

When my family and I moved into our house last spring, we moved into a brick house with literally nothing outside but very sparse grass and a neglected deck. Although the emptiness in the backyard was overwhelming, it was also an opportunity, a blank slate. After renting out of the country for many years, the prospect of turning our new backyard into whatever we could dream up excited me.

Since the furniture and furnishings we’d brought with us to Prague hadn’t arrived (and wouldn’t for another 7 weeks — eek!), I spent the first weekend in the house refinishing the deck and the second one installing a flower garden / landscaping. But, from many years of digging at our former US house, I wanted to try to do it the simple way.

I’ve long thought about writing this post, and waited to put it together until I saw the garden had survived the first winter. It did. So here I am in the second spring with the quick and easy, do-it-yourself way to add the garden of your dreams to your own yard …

Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

June Rose Gardensthe gardens at my former US house, created with the same method

Ingredients:

Shovel

Garden gloves

Roll(s) of landscape fabric

Mulch

Steps:

1. Lay out a garden hose in the shape of the flower bed you want, on top of the grass or dirt.

2. Dig a trench along the length of the hose, and remove the grass. The trench only needs to serve as a barrier from grass growing back into the garden area.

3. Lay landscape fabric over the entire surface area of the grass in your future garden. Pin it at the edges in the trench you’ve dug.

the quick and easy flower garden
the quick and easy flower garden

4. Spread mulch in a thick layer over the landscape fabric. (I use Cypress mulch because the odor is much more palatable for me…)

5. Set containers of the plants and shrubs you plan to add and arrange them as you’d like them to be.

After the landscape fabric and mulch, before the flowers
After the landscape fabric and mulch, before the flowers

6. Cut an appropriate size X in the fabric where you want to install a plant. Dig and plant according to directions. Discard the grassy clumps or turn them over inside the hole.

Me, planting a rose (my favorite)
Me, planting a rose (my favorite)

7. Add sunshine and water, grab a drink, sit back, and watch it grow. You’re done!

 

Flower garden in a weekend, the quick and easy method: the results!
Flower garden in a weekend, the quick and easy method: the results last spring
Phlox and Gardens
Phlox and Gardens from my former backyard

 

July gardens
July gardens: from my former backyard

Hopefully, in another year or two, this new flower garden will look like the ones above. 🙂

What to Plant?

Here are some other posts I’ve written:

20 Favorite Flowers to Plant This Spring

Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring

Category: Gardens and Flowers

 

flower garden quote
A daisy in my first garden

I’d love to hear about your stories … have you put in your own flower beds? What is your best way?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

2 thoughts on “Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

    1. I’m one of those people who can’t not grow flowers. 🙂 With a little bit of hard work, it can happen … but the results just keep on giving. Thank you, Stacey!

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