Flower Garden Ideas

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Flower Garden Designs

Welcome to Flower Garden Ideas. Step nine is to assist you to embellish your Mystical Garden with beautiful flowers and flower garden designs. We hope you enjoy this quest for colour in living the simple life of gardening and floral delight.

Flower Garden Design

For flower garden ideas, work off the architecture of the house. If you have a formal, symmetrical style of house, go with a formal garden. If you have country or more relaxed architectural style, an asymmetrical or informal garden would be appropriate. Plants should complement each other in terms of colour, texture and size. Your Mystical Garden will however break all these parameters and will allow you to be free with patterns – but work off the design of the house nevertheless.

Design a Flower Garden

Pattern and Design

When it comes to flower garden ideas spend your money on the plants that will be your focal points. Plants come in different sized bags – focal plants or “specials” provide interest and impact, so get them bigger (20 litre bag). Get four litre bags for common groundcover – they will fill in fast.

Flower Garden Designs:

Ideas for Low-Maintenance Plants

Ornamental Grasses:

  • Liriope
  • Carex
  • Ophiopogons (Mondo grass)
  • Acorus
  • Juncus (indigenous)
  • Chondropetalum tectorum
Herb Garden Before and After


  • Westringia
  • Nandina pygmea
  • Tecomaria capensis
  • Strelitzia reginae
  • Plectranthus
  • Murraya exotica

  • Vepris lanceolata (White ironwood)
  • Nuxia floribunda (Forest elder)
  • Heteropyxis natalensis (Lavender tree)

  • Celtis
  • Combretum
  • Dias cotinifolia (Pom pon tree <spelling correct>)


  • Aloe barberae (Tree aloe)
  • Aloe striatula (small)
  • Aloe marlothii (big)
  • Aloe arborescens

Plants that complement Aloes:
  • Echevaria (rock rose)
  • Crassula varieties

Flower Garden Ideas


  • Brighten it Up
    Add colour with flowers, foliage and elements of the Hardscape such as pots. For a low-maintenance solution, use foliage rather than flowers for colour.

  • Mix it Up
    Green, gold and purple go together well – So does green and grey – Mix gold and bronze grasses.

  • Seasonal Splashes
    Add low-maintenance seasonal colour with day lilies, begonias or red hot pokers scattered among grasses.

  • Hardscape Colour
    Pots in bright colours such as burnt orange or red work well.

  • Variegated Plants
    Variegated plants lighten things up and add texture and interest.

  • Avoid...
    Do not put different variegated plants next to each other.

Flower Garden Ideas

Create Space with Colour and Texture

  • Small Garden Plants
    Use plants with a fine texture in a small garden to create the illusion of distance, so your garden looks bigger than it is.
  • Big Garden Plants
    In a big garden, plant broad-leafed plants at the back; their size will make them seem closer, and give your garden definition in the outer reaches, preventing it from fading away and losing impact.
  • Small Garden Colours
    In a small garden, plant bright colours at the front and dark colours towards the back to enhance a sense of distance and space
  • Big Garden Colours
    In a big garden, put some colours at the back, because colour will make the boundary appear closer

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