Flower beds can be a very attractive addition to any home – if you have the time to set up and maintain them. Flower beds don’t necessarily require a large amount of costly flowers that need to be fertilized, mulched, covered in severe weather and possibly re-planted on a yearly basis.
Here are a few tips to keep your flower beds filled without a huge money or time commitment.
Wildflower mixes native to your area are often a good choice if you want a large amount of flowers, but don’t want to do much to take care of them. These flowers grow back easily every year and are well-adapted to the climate and soil conditions in your area. Native wildflowers may need little more than watering and the occasional weeding.
Filling the beds with attractive decorative rock provides maintenance-free curb appeal to your home. Several colors of decorative rock are available and can be chosen to set off the color of your home. Planters may also be placed amongst the rocks to add live plants to your flower beds, and those plants can easily be moved inside before the weather gets too cold for them.
For low-maintenance ground cover in your flower beds, plant low-growing shrubs such as some strains of juniper. The main issue with this option is that the shrubs take a while to grow in. But once established the only maintenance required is the occasional trimming of overgrown branches.
Vacant flower beds detract from the overall look of your home and contribute to an air of neglect. Attractive fillers do not have to be either expensive or difficult to put into place.