The ideal flower bed is one that is full of colorful blooms all the way from early spring to late fall. Easy to say, but not so easy to achieve. It will require some careful planning starting with choosing the best location for the bed. Then there is the question of shape, whether formal or less so, and color scheme. All this before you even think about the choice of plants. This article by Marianne Lipanovich which I found on the Houzz website fills in the details.
A flower bed filled with masses of color to grab your attention, blooming from spring through fall ? what could be better in any garden? If what you want is a flower bed filled with masses of the same plant, such as a bed of impatiens or roses, it?s easy to get it right. But if you hope to have a judicious mix of colors and shapes and flowers that will fill the space throughout the growing season, you?ll need to take some time to plan ahead and follow some basic design guidelines.Choose a spot. Some spots are classic choices for a flower bed, such as along the foundation of your home, nestled against a side or back fence to mark the yard?s border, or at the edge of a sidewalk or path. They may be expected locations, but they remain at the top of the location list because flower beds serve as beautiful transition areas between the home or hardscape and the main garden areas, so they can be enjoyed often and up close.Keep other options in mind as well. You might want to expand a traditional bed as it turns a corner of the house to increase your planting space. Don?t overlook placing a flowering bed in a less likely areas, such as outside a front-yard fence, along a driveway, flanking one side of a swimming pool or filling in a berm or terraced hillside.A more dramatic option is to create an island of color in the middle of the lawn. It breaks up a wide expanse with a colorful focal point. And if you choose plants that are less thirsty than turfgrass, you may be able to save a little water too.