Lowe's Home Improvement

How to Plant a Front Flower Bed

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Brighten your front entry with a welcoming bed of annual flowers. You can plant it in a day and enjoy it all summer long.

Front flowerbed

A small, confined area like this foundation bed makes the perfect spot for flowers. It's modest enough to be easily planted and maintained. Plus, it provides a convenient stage for a garden — right out front where everyone can enjoy it!

This design features a potpourri of colorful annuals for a cottage style. Despite the range of cultivars, heights, and colors, the design holds together. The reason is repetition. Orange, yellow, white, and purple flowers are repeated throughout. The hanging basket and porch rail planters share the same rattan material. And the pots and butterfly house coordinate with the house.

Follow along to see how we planted the bed. Then meet the stars of the show in our slideshow of plants.

Bare front flowerbed

Pick a sunny spot with good drainage. Start with a modest-size plot that is easily planted and maintained. You can always expand the bed later if desired.

Removing sod

To prepare the bed, remove grass or other plants, as well as roots and rocks. Loosen the soil to a depth of 10 to 12 inches, and amend with peat moss and compost to improve the soil.

Placing paver edgers

Excavate the edges of the bed by digging twice as deep as the height of the pavers. Fill halfway with paving sand. Add pavers, wiggling them into place until they are level and packed snugly against each other. Backfill with topsoil.

Freeing roots

After smoothing out the bed with a garden rake, it’s time to plant. Gently break off the circling roots at the bottom of the root ball (shown) and tease the remaining surface roots before planting. This will encourage roots to migrate into the soil.

Planting dusty miller

Plant in waves, mixing tall and medium-size plants for an informal cottage style. Keep the shortest plants in front, where they can be seen easily. Spread a granular slow-release fertilizer labeled for flowers, and water well.

Support for black-eyed Susan vine

Black-eyed Susan vine (shown) will climb easier and look more natural if it has several pieces of support. In this case, we arranged narrow metal rods around the pole to provide multiple surfaces for the vine to wrap around.

Color-coordinated pots

Terra-cotta pots have a timeless appeal. For extra color and to coordinate with the surroundings, we painted the pots. It’s important to paint or seal the inside of the pots as well as the outside to prevent moisture from causing paint to blister.

rattan baskets of marigolds and euphorbia

With its clouds of diminutive flowers, ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbia adds fine texture to the bolder marigolds in hanging planters. Both the euphorbia and marigold are low-maintenance and able to withstand heat with occasional watering.

flowers along paver edge

The same yellow marigolds found in the porch rail planters are repeated in the bed for a cohesive look. They’re joined here by purple fountain grass, silver dusty miller, and purple-blue angelonia.

butterfly house

The style and color of the butterfly house match the residence. See how to build this attractive garden ornament.

finished flowerbed

The bed fills in quickly, giving you a long season to enjoy the flowers and multiple reasons to smile every time you open the front door. To learn more about the plants themselves, click on the slideshow.