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Shaping Flower Beds

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When landscaping your yard it is often more attractive to add curves to your flower beds. This is a guide about shaping flower beds.
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April 13, 2016

This post was originally meant to be a garden photo with the title 'The Dianthus Whale'. With my 'wealth of information', I went over the character limit and had to put it here. Take this as a garden tip, y'all.

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The Dianthus Whale

There is a tree on my property that exposes it's roots pretty much as maples do. It is located on the north side of the house where not much grass will grow. I have started sprigging in ivy there, hoping it will fill in and serve as a ground cover. The ivy is growing fast, but I'm not confident about it just yet, After all, it is spring.

In this area are a couple of exposed roots taking on the shape of a whale or fish. I thought it would be nice if I emphasized this whale shape by planting a very low growing ground cover in it. I tried blue creeper, creeping Jenny, Irish moss, Scotch moss, and others. Nothing would survive and compete with the mass of hairlike tree roots which form as soon as I start watering the area.

Last year, I discovered many plants in my field. They have a tiny pink bloom. I had been mowing over them for years, not realizing that many years ago, someone had planted them there. I brought some home and planted them in a pot, hoping to see what would look like with a little TLC. Alas, the squirrels dug them all up. I got a picture of the plants before they did. With the help of a fellow TF member, I found that the plant was a dianthus. A little googling, and I learned that the plant is the beautiful 'Dianthus Freynii'.

Here are links to pictures of the plant, one in bloom, one just barely.

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/shows/reports/North+Midlands+show+/124/

http://www.biopix.com/dianthus-freynii_photo-38770.aspx

Well, the picture I've submitted here is a 'before picture'. I went back to the field and dug up more dianthus. I am finding enough to completely fill in the whale shape, including the tail. I wanted you to see the before picture because if all goes well, by mid summer I hope to submit an after picture showing (I hope), a pink whale made of tree roots and Dianthus Freynii.

I will keep the squirrels away from my little whale even if I have to put hardware cloth over it. I don't think they will bother it after it fills in, it's just that for some strange reason, they like to dig where I've been digging. They dig up my pansies and impatiens, and more. I think they see me as competition.

Wish me luck on this project, y'all!

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February 25, 2011

When you want to have nicely curved flower beds, the best way to achieve this is to use a rubber water hose. You curve the hose in the shape you want the bed and then dig along the shaped bed. Having a shaped bed is easy on the eyes and separates the lawn from the flower bed.

Enjoy the beauty of your beds and along with poly on the soil, use lava rock or bark mulch.

Source: We landscaped for 20 years.

By beviejo from Chilliwack, BC

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September 8, 2010

I saw a question asked previously about planting flowers in the shape of letters, to spell out your business name. How is this done and what types of flowers work best for this? Do you make a stencil out of landscape fabric or can you purchase or make molds for the letters? I've seen this done in some city parks and golf courses. Any links or info on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Hardiness Zone: 4a

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

Your best bet is to design what you want on graph paper, then make a grid in the area you want to plant. Then using spray paint, paint the letters on the grass, then remove the sod to expose the dirt. Draw out the design on the graph paper and follow it when using the spray paint. You'll need a couple people to help because you'll want your grid to be straight squares. Use twine/rope & metal/wood stakes for the corners of all the squares.

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September 8, 2010

I saw a question asked previously about planting flowers in the shape of letters, to spell out your business name. How is this done and what types of flowers work best for this? Do you make a stencil out of landscape fabric or can you purchase or make molds for the letters? I've seen this done in some city parks and golf courses. Any links or info on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Hardiness Zone: 4a

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