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How to plant a flowerbed with expert Ellen Mary Gardening

Jun 25, 2019
How to plant a flowerbed with expert Ellen Mary Gardening

Creating your own flowerbed can seem pretty daunting. But with the right tools and know-how, you can create the perfect flowerbed that blossoms all-year round. We've teamed up with expert Ellen Mary Gardening to find out how to plant a flowerbed in the garden of your new build home, with just a few simple steps.

Ellen Mary Gardening is a self-proclaimed horticultural enthusiast, who uses her love of all things nature to encourage the nation to pick up some tools and get digging. Having appeared on BBC Countryfile and filmed with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Ellen Mary is fast becoming a top gardening influencer. She shows us the best way to create your own flowerbed, by using an array of annual and perennial flowers, perfect for any home.

Watch the video above for more tips and tricks on how to plant a flowerbed from gardening expert, Ellen Mary.

1. Watch the sun

Most plants like a sunny or partially shady spot, so note down the sun spots in your garden as this will help you to find the best space for your flowerbed.

2. Test your soil

Test your soil with a pH tester to see what type it is. Some plants may not like a highly acidic or alkaline soil, so you'll have to take this into account.

3. Choose your plants

This will be the most fun part, so make sure you pick the best plants. You can use annual or perennial plants for a flowerbed that is full of life all-year round.

Annual plants only last a year whilst perennials take a year to bloom, but will continue to come back year after year. So to make the most out of your flowers, plant a mixture of the two.

Make sure to keep everything in plant pots whilst you're digging so that the plants stay healthy for as long as possible. When planting, shake out the roots to dislodge them and only bury them as deep as the pot they were in.

4. Water your flowerbed

Make sure to water your flowerbed regularly so that it can become established. In the summer months, you'll need to keep on top of this so that your plants don't dry out.