In the spring, I really want to do not only the garden, but the aesthetic design of the site, the construction of flower beds. You can make a flower bed fence from bricks, decorative tiles, stones, even plastic bottles. The variety of possible options is simply breathtaking! Do-it-yourself brick flower bed will not require much effort and time, but it will bring pleasure from the construction process itself and give you a reason to be proud of yourself.
People usually plant many flowers in their homestead or summer cottages, and this is understandable - only aesthetic pleasure can restore strength after a hard day's work in the name of the future harvest. At the dacha, I want to relax, and not just work, so I want to make beautiful flower beds of the most exquisite shapes, to plant different flowers on them, which will delight with their appearance and aroma throughout the season. The great thing about this is that you can do everything yourself, embody your idea of beauty, and not talk to a landscape designer hired for a lot of money.
Before starting work, you need to decide on the shape of the flower bed and its content. The choice of place depends on what flowers are planned to be planted. Since the flower bed is made so that it can be admired, it must be in plain sight: it must be clearly visible from the house or gazebo, where we usually rest and receive guests. But it cannot be placed in absolute shade from a house or other structures - flowers need a sufficient amount of sunlight.
The choice of flowers largely determines the place of the future flower bed: you need to choose so that they can all grow in similar conditions, so that their requirements for illumination and the amount of moisture coincide, so that there are no plants nearby that cannot tolerate each other. The shape of the flower garden and the place are also interrelated. Ring beds, placed in a regular ring around a tree or some small structure (a tiny reservoir, a gazebo, a fountain), look very nice.
Round island flower beds are placed in the middle of the lawn, narrow long ones - along the wall of a house or a pedestrian path, multi-level ones turn with rising steps towards the viewer. Oval, smoothly curved or irregularly broken polygons are suitable for large flat areas, but rectangular flower beds can level the landscape or emphasize terraces. Having decided on the place, you need to prepare the site. To do this, remove all unnecessary from it (stones, debris, bushes, grass), level it.
An example of building a brick flower bed with your own hands in a few days.
If you have already decided to make a brick flower garden in the country, then you will need this very brick, and not necessarily new and beautiful. Sometimes an old, used brick, left after cleaning some structure, looks very impressive. What kind of brick to make - white or red - is up to the owner to decide, There are no wrong decisions, everything will look good, if you wish, you can paint it in any color.
In addition to brick, you will need cement and utensils for mixing it, sand and crushed stone for the base, a shovel, a trowel, a rope (or fishing line) and pegs for marking. You may need beautiful stones, shells, wooden elements that can decorate your work. Clay or wooden garden sculptures, stumps, old shoes scattered on the lawn, which can become magnificent pots for flowers or colorful grass, look very good in the country.
Construction work begins with the layout of the flower bed. Borders are marked right on the ground, pegs are driven in, a rope is pulled over them. A ditch 30 cm deep is dug out along the outlined contours for low walls - 4-5 bricks. The higher the wall, the deeper the moat should be. If a high stepped flower bed or pillars of bricks are supposed, then the base must be deepened at least 80 cm. The ditch should turn out with even sides, one brick wide.
At the bottom of the resulting ditch, we pour sand, at least 5 cm thick, then crushed stone, of the same thickness, and again sand. Having tamped all this, you can put the first layer of bricks on top. The sand-stone base will not only hold the walls, it will become an excellent drainage, excess water from the flower bed will freely go to the sides so that the roots do not rot.
For the same purpose, the first 2-3 layers of bricks are not connected with cement, they are simply laid on top of each other, and already the 4th layer is placed on cement.
Sometimes the walls of the flower bed, in general, are not fastened with cement, they are simply placed on top of each other - such a structure also has a right to exist, but it will not be durable. At the end of the laying, the structure is left for 4-5 days so that the cement finally sets and dries out.
When the flowers grow, there is some movement of the soil, because of this, the flower bed can expand. To avoid trouble, when erecting the walls, they are slightly shifted inward (they are slightly wrapped like a pot), for this it is enough to press the bricks with your hands.
Before laying bricks, you need to outline the height; for this, high pegs are driven in and the rope is pulled again.
The horizontalness of the masonry must be constantly checked so as not to miss distortions - after all, the base is mobile, which means that there will be shifts and distortions, you just need to eliminate them in time. If columns are supposed, then work begins with them. For the columns, a hole is dug 1 m deep - they must be even and stable. Often pots with plants are placed on brick columns.
And for curved walls, you can use flexible plastic: first lay the plastic, and then lay bricks along it. At the end of the work, the plastic can be easily removed from the inside. For those who doubt their abilities, you can find a suitable video on the Internet, watch a master class, and only then start implementing your plan. There are people who have already gone this way, have enjoyed and are eager to share their experience.
When the cement in the brick walls grasps well and dries out, you can fill up the soil. It is not tamped, just poured, poured with water and left alone. It must stand at least two weeks before the flowers are planted. If the soil falls below the required level, it is filled up, but it is simply necessary to wait for the allotted time - it will settle down as needed, and it will be seen whether it is worth adding more or not.
Only after the expiration of 2 weeks, you can plant well-thought-out and prepared flowers, place individual pots or some decorative elements on the platforms, sides and columns. If you build 1 flower bed in the country yourself, then most likely you will not stop there. You will definitely want to do more and more, because there are many options that will look so good on your site.
A simple way to build the foundation and walls of a brick flower bed, recommendations for self-formation of brickwork.
Bright and fragrant flower beds can decorate any territory. Every housewife should know how to decorate flower beds and create beautiful flower beds with her own hands.
When the yard is spacious, it's just fine. Find the most viewed place and set up a flower garden there. What to do if the entire territory has already been developed, and you want to plant flowers? You can always find a place. For example, near your house, the site is concreted or lined with slabs, stone, etc. At the wall of the house, you can make an excellent raised or even multi-tiered flower bed with your own hands. And there is no need to break the cover. A brick or stone fence is built right on it. It is advisable to put them on the solution, and then cover them from the inside with a waterproofing impregnation (bituminous mastic) so that when watering, water does not flow onto the path. Then you can fill up the soil and plant flowers.
A two-tier flower bed near the wall of the house. Water from the drain during heavy rain can erode the soil, therefore it is worth taking it further or to the side
Flower beds are set up along the fences. This is a common way to decorate, for example, a long drive to the house. But this can also be done in different ways. Here, as well as near the lawn, a high flower bed looks better.
A high bed of boards. The building is inexpensive and the view is solid
You can make a flower bed in front of the gate. Street beds must be sturdy. Therefore, for their execution, stone fences are usually used: just in case. If desired, you can make tiered flower beds. They are more difficult to build, but much more attractive than flat ones.
Street multi-level (multi-level) flower bed of complex shape
Even if the yard is surrounded by walls on all sides, and then you can find a place for flowers: Hang on the walls, in pots or in the form of a flowering wall, put up a rack, etc. Do-it-yourself flower beds in the courtyard of a private house can be made from everything and everywhere. It is only important not to be mistaken with the style: it must match the design of all buildings. Some ideas in the photo gallery.Very little space, and when the plants grow, it will look gorgeous You don't need a lot of space and can be moved. A portable flower garden is convenient The beauty of plants is emphasized by a strip of pebbles Such beauty is not easy to obtain. Works for more than one year, but the result is worth it Even on partitions, you can make flower beds and flower beds with your own hands
You can make a flower garden in the country near a tree. They already belong to the garden category. Don't want it to be trite? Come up with an interesting fence.
It's not really a tree, of course, but the idea is clear. These garden flower beds are good for shade-loving plants.
The most common flower bed fencing is brick, wild stone, boulders. A structure can be made of bricks in a strict "ceremonial" manner. Boulders and wild stone are more intimate, non-standard fences.
Since they have a decent weight, a foundation is often made under a brick or stone fence for a flower bed. Not if one or two rows fit, but if there are four or more rows. If the device goes on a concrete site, you can do without a foundation at all, but if a flower bed is broken on a lawn or soil, then it is advisable to do it.
It is not even necessary to fasten two rows of stone or brick with mortar
The first step is to remove the sod on the marked area. If you plan to make a high flower bed, dig a groove around the perimeter, about 20 cm deep, and 5-10 cm wider than the planned fence in width. This ditch is filled with rubble, rammed, spilled with liquid cement-sand mortar. For 1 part of M400 cement, take 4-5 parts of clean sand, mix and pour water until sour cream. Rubble is poured with this semi-liquid solution. When the concrete sets - you need to wait a few days - you can lay out the border for the flower beds.
Do-it-yourself flower beds and flower beds made in a fence of stone and brick are the most expensive in the device, but also the most durable. They will stand for several years without any problems.
Stones or bricks are placed on a cement-sand mortar, similar to the one with which rubble was poured, but thicker. There should not be a lot of mortar between the bricks - 5-8 mm. If you put cobblestones or natural stone, it is easier to first fold them "on dry" by choosing the size, and then transfer them with mortar.
A few ideas on how to arrange stone borders for flower beds and flower beds in the photo gallery below.
When building a round border for a brick flower bed, it is more economical to use halves
Small mortar joints between the stones and are not visible (in the process, until the concrete has frozen completely, you can clean them to a depth of 5-8 mm)
If the flower bed is located near the wall, the wall must be treated with waterproofing (bituminous mastic twice)
The chipped limestone around the flower beds looks great. Flowerbeds of stones with your own hands can be made in a non-standard or geometric shape
Ceramic bricks of different colors and paths sprinkled with tinted gravel and a courtyard with a flower bed looks great
This is a curb for a cobblestone flower bed. The technique used is different - a roller is formed from a semi-dry solution, small stones are stuck into it
If you do not need to raise the plantings so much, and you only want to mark the boundaries of the area planted with flowers, but are afraid that if the brick is simply dug in, it will fall, then you can dig a trench, fill it with rubble, and insert flagstone into the rubble (stone sawn on plates , it can be found in the section selling materials for the exterior decoration of the house) or standing to put bricks. Spill liquid cement-sand mortar around the installed elements of the fence. After two or three days, when the concrete has set, you can continue to work: fill up the fertile soil, but you cannot load the curb or step on it for about a month: it takes so much time for it to gain strength.
By the same principle, you can make a do-it-yourself frame for a flower bed from slate or tiles cut into strips. A flower bed can be made of metal or asbestos slate. There are scraps left after installing the roof - use them. Here's what you can get.
Photo of a slate flower bed - such a fence looks good
It is easier to make a fence for a flower bed made of wood: it does not weigh so much. On the other hand, it is less durable. Do-it-yourself flower beds and flower beds from wood can stand for several seasons. Then you will have to restore or alter them. For ceremonial flower beds, it is used very rarely, but in the country or near a private house, a flower garden fenced with a wooden border is original and stylish. Especially if it has something in common with the style of design of buildings on the site.
You can use wood in any form to decorate summer cottages. They make flower beds from boards, small-diameter round timber (small logs), block house (boards, convex on one side, similar to a log) and any other wooden remains. You can even cut a dead tree into chocks, bury / hammer them into the ground, making such an unusual flower bed.
Log halves can also be folded into a fence for a raised flower garden
Birch woods - an excellent fence for a flower garden
An interesting idea for a high flower bed - a well is made of scraps of logs
Even an old log can be turned into a flower garden
Two pieces of a block house, set one on top of the other - and in front of you is already an excellent summer cottage flower bed
Wooden flower beds knocked down from boards are built in a few hours
Even if the wood is untreated, it has its own charm.
How to make a wooden border? Find a small diameter log, cut it into chocks of different lengths and split them in half. You will get blanks, as in the photo on the left. They are laid on a flat surface with the convex side down, one next to the other.They take a flexible thick wire and use staples from a construction stapler or bent studs to attach the wire to the flat side of the pieces of wood. One wire is nailed at the bottom, the other at the top. It turns out a flexible border made of wood, which can be used to enclose a flower garden of any shape (pictured on the right).
How to make a fence for a flower garden out of wood
So that the wood does not lose its attractiveness and does not rot, it is treated with protective impregnations. They can simultaneously give it color, or they can be colorless. From such pieces of wood collected in a ribbon, you can make flower beds with your own hands of any shape. Dig a shallow groove, a little wider than your fence, insert a fence for a flower bed there and sprinkle it with earth, tamp it.
From such a ribbon you can saddle such beauty
In our country, wood is one of the most inexpensive building materials. Therefore, they build from it a lot and often. They are made of wood and a fence or fence for flower beds. The easiest way is to enclose a flower bed with boards. For support, you will need several bars - not very thick, but wide. Approximately 50 * 150mm and edged board 20mm thick. Choose its width yourself so that several pieces installed on the edge give you the required height.
Soak the wood with protective impregnations, when it dries, you can start working. Support bars are installed first. They can be sharpened at one end and carefully hammered without damaging the upper surface (put a piece of a bar and hit on it), or you can dig a hole about 50 cm deep, install a bar in it, bury and compact the earth around. Bars are installed in increments of 1-1.5 meters, depending on how wide the flower garden will be. The wider and higher it is, the greater the mass will have to be held, therefore supports are more often put.
Boards are nailed to the exposed supports. They can be stuffed from the inside and then the support bars will be visible, or from the outside. In the second option, only a wall of planks will be visible. The joints of the boards should fall on the beams.
A high flower bed with a fence made of boards. The building is inexpensive and the view is solid
Plank beds can be made in a variety of shapes. Even in the form of a pyramid. There are some interesting ideas below.
Multi-tiered flowerbed-pyramid made of boards
And this is how to make a flower bed in the form of a pyramid
A pyramid-shaped flower bed made of small boxes, of different sizes, set one after another
Such a flower bed can be placed in the center of a large
Having knocked together several boxes of different shapes, they can be installed side by side or on top of each other
Neat and beautiful
There are many types of ready-made fences for flower beds and flower beds made of plastic or plastic. They have special legs that are immersed in the ground along the edge of the planted area.
But we are not talking about them, but about flower beds made of scrap materials. For example, you can make a decent fence for a flower bed out of plastic bottles.
They are selected by displacement and color. This will make the fence look better. Then the necks are cut off at the same level and stuck into the ground. This is one mounting option for creating a low curb. The second will turn out to be much higher. It can be used in fondant taller plants. In this case, they take a wooden bar, to it at a certain distance, so that the bottles are close to one another, the lids are nailed. Bottles are screwed into the caps. To make such a plastic fence for a flower garden more stable, it is pierced through with wire closer to the bottoms and closer to the narrowing point at the neck. The finished section of the fence is installed and fixed on the ground.
Despite the fact that the material is waste, if everything is done carefully, such a fence looks decent, nice, nice. A photo of fences for flower beds and flower beds made of plastic bottles is in the photo below.
A neatly made flower bed fence made of plastic bottles
If you look closely, you will see a bar that holds the bottles.
A cute crocodile from bottles in the country will appeal to children
Bottles matched in size and color create a beautiful enclosure. Do-it-yourself flower beds and flower beds with their help can be done in the country or near a private house
Couldn't pass by ... a fence made of old bicycle wheels. Original flower beds can be made from any junk. If you have talent, of course ...
Old bicycle wheels can decorate your summer cottage. How? Make a flower garden fence out of them. A flower bed of wheels is cool ...
Already classic flower beds are going out of fashion. Landscape parks and gardens are often decorated with "island" flower beds without correct symmetrical plantings.
Popular vertical "fences" of perennials. Mini-flower beds arranged in tree stumps, in unusual flower girls, original cascades, edged with bricks look original.
Forms can be completely different for a flower garden should be in harmony with the shape of a neighboring building (a porch of a house or an openwork gazebo).
Beautiful flower beds in the country are not such a difficult matter.
The easiest to execute is a round flower bed with perennial flowers. The main thing is to choose the size correctly. In a large space, a small flower bed will not be visible at all. And a huge flower bed in a small area is also ridiculous. You should always consider the environment of the flower garden.
The soil for the flower garden must be cleaned of litter, pebbles and weeds. Grind large lumps of garden soil with a shovel, dig up the soil well, then level it with a rake.
To get an even circle, you need to take a small peg, then place it in the center of the proposed flower garden. Attach a strong rope to it and outline a circle.
The big advantage of stone and brick flower beds is their relative accessibility. Certain types of materials, as a rule, are of low cost, and most of the work can be done independently. And at the same time, a brick or stone flower bed will become a bright accent in the garden design, harmoniously fitting into any style.
A variety of stones and plants will create a sense of genuine natural beauty in the yard
Natural stone is durable, environmentally friendly, resistant to chemicals and extremely aesthetic. It is not afraid of temperature extremes, which opens up great possibilities for its use in garden design. However, its high cost is often a serious drawback.
A wide variety of materials can be used for a flower bed:
Types of stones that are used to create and decorate flower beds
An interesting idea for a simple flower bed using volcanic tuff and conifers
Limestone has a pleasant natural color of light gray, white, yellowish cream, blue, pink shades, which allows you to create interesting garden compositions. Due to its porous structure, the material is not protected from the aggressive effects of water and wind, but the resulting cracks are often filled with soil and used for planting various plants (primarily ground cover and mosses).
The stone bed fits perfectly into the natural landscape
A huge number of shades (white, red, purple, pink, orange, gray, brown, black), high strength and, at the same time, surprising ease of processing is distinguished by volcanic tuff - one of the varieties of limestone. Most often it is used for artificial terraces or flower beds near water bodies.
Unusual flower bed using a flowerpot
The porous structure is also characteristic of sandstone. It allows air and moisture to pass through well, but rather quickly loses its original appearance and collapses. Nevertheless, it is widely used in garden design due to its wide variety of shades (from gray to reddish and sandy) and its beautiful structure. Rubble stones and boulders look especially impressive.
A beautiful flower bed with tulips is framed with a brick border
When decorating flower beds, slate is often used. A distinctive feature of this mineral is its peculiar layered structure and the property of being divided into separate plates. Fences for flower beds from it can last for decades, while maintaining their original appearance and characteristic shine. Despite its high cost, slate is extremely popular among landscape designers. It is very plastic, absolutely waterproof, not afraid of fungi, chemicals, or temperature extremes. As a rule, slate (especially lumps) is used to make raised flower beds.
A rounded flower bed, beautifully framing the tree
Granite is not afraid of moisture or frost; it has served for decades and is distinguished by its striking beauty. Its disadvantages include a very high cost and ability to oxidize the soil. The latter has to be taken into account when choosing plants, as a result, the scope of the stone is rather limited.
The raised flower bed can be used for zoning the resting place
Quartzite reflects light, because of this, its surface shines and shimmers in the sun. The rich palette allows the mineral to be widely used in landscape design. Durable basalt is often used to reinforce slopes and create artificial terraces.
Limestone, due to its natural color, allows you to create beautiful flower beds
Pebbles are widely used in garden decoration. A neat appearance, a large selection of shades and a low cost allow not only to protect the flower garden, but also to make it a real work of art. Most often, pebbles are used to create the outline of a flower bed. To impart strength to the structure, the material is usually laid out on a cement mortar.
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There are many types of stone beds. Photos on the Internet and specialized literature give a detailed description and interesting ideas regarding the arrangement of each of them, be it:
An ordinary flower bed is a small piece of land fenced with a curb, as a rule, of a clear geometric shape (round, square, rectangular, oval). The curb itself can be laid out of stones in one or more layers.
Gabion is constructed from a metal mesh filled with pebbles or rubble stone
A raised flower bed is not only a bright and stylish accent in garden design, but also fulfills quite practical tasks. This design allows you to grow flowers in areas with poor soil, as well as significantly increase the usable area in small areas (especially for multi-tiered raised flower beds).
The raised bed is easier to care for because it is protected from weeds and many pests, and because of the height of the entire structure, there is no need to bend over to reach the plants. In a raised flower bed, it is easier to create suitable conditions for flowers and shrubs with specific soil requirements, such as hydrangeas and conifers, which grow exclusively on acidic soils.
Gravel is often used as drainage for rockeries.
Important! Such a flower bed has its drawbacks. It is a capital structure that requires financial costs and competent planning. The soil in it dries out faster, but this problem can be solved by installing a drip irrigation system.
The original solution for the suburban area will be the installation of gabions - flower beds made of mesh and stones. This design feature allows you to give a flower bed any shape. Gabions are environmentally friendly, durable, provide excellent soil drainage and do not require a lot of money. With some experience, you can easily build them yourself.
Terraced slope, consisting of various types of plantations
Rockery, or rocky hill, is a group of large stones of different sizes, picturesquely scattered over a small area, but of the same breed (most often, slate or limestone). This is done to simulate a mountain meadow. Large stones for a flower bed are dug into the ground in the ground for greater stability, and small pebbles are scattered nearby. Against this background, undersized shrubs and creeping plants (heather, juniper, dwarf spruce, thuja, sedum, miscanthus) look ideal.
An alpine slide is often confused with rockeries. Rockery is located on a plane, and an alpine slide is a complex multi-stage structure, in the center of which a large boulder is usually installed, and around smaller stones, on which various mountain (or similar) plants with a well-developed root system are planted.
A terraced slope is erected from walls of various shapes and heights, made of crushed stone (quartz, granite, basalt), sometimes with the addition of sandstone or limestone.
The Japanese garden looks austere and elegant thanks to the overwhelming majority of stones
The Japanese rock garden consists of rounded, often mossy boulders spaced apart from each other. Its peculiarity is the predominance of stones - boulders and pebbles. Plants are planted, but in very small numbers.
Arabesque is a regular flower garden of an unusual shape (in the form of an animal or an insect, more often a butterfly) with strict symmetrical plantings of low carpet plants.
Who among us, visiting florists and noticing some new plant, did not feel the sinking of the heart: “I want! Want! Want!" And also trips to flower exhibitions, and simply to flower rows on the market, interested in examining various catalogs with interesting proposals. They never noticed how they turned their flower garden into a collection site with a huge number of different ones.
They do not have enough space, they shield each other, not giving the opportunity to enjoy their beauty, but they add trouble to us.
Create the flower bed you've wanted for a long time: