Do you already have certain ideas about how to plant your beds and design your garden? Nevertheless, do you like to be inspired and use creative ideas as a template to make small changes yourself or to completely redesign the garden and bed? Pinterest offers you thousands of creative ideas for bedding and garden design. Find out now which options the portal offers and how the suggestions can be easily implemented in your own garden.
What is Pinterest?
Simply put, Pinterest is a virtual pin board, comparable to a social network. The community attaches pictures and descriptions and users can view them. You can also get suggestions without being a member of Pinterest. The virtual pin board went online in the spring of 2010 with the aim of creating a mutual exchange opportunity for interests, hobbies or shopping tips. Around 200 million people worldwide use Pinterest today.
How do I use Pinterest?
As you would or would do with your own pin board, Pinterest's virtual pin board can be designed according to your own interests. After a quick and free registration, you will be asked to indicate your hobbies and interests. In the specific case, you would then enter "plants", "garden", "bed", "gardening", "flowers" or similar.
Tip: A search bar is also integrated on the portal, where you can select the relevant terms directly.
After specifying your interests, your wall will be filled with entries from other users. You can also add representations that appeal to you on the whiteboard or share them with others. So that you can also see what your friends think is good, the Pinterest account can be connected to other networks. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Yahoo, Gmail are currently supported (as of August 2018).
Basics of garden design
Before you go on Pinterest to search for ideas, you should be clear about a few basic things. What should your garden look like? A garden should not be viewed in isolation. The style of the garden should match the adjacent house. A modern and rather puristic house and a lavishly blooming farm garden don't give a coherent picture any more than an old farm house matches an Asian-style garden.
How you lay out your garden depends on the atmosphere that it later radiates. Just think about how you want to see and experience your garden yourself. Which plants should grow there? Should the garden also contain useful plants, would you like a lot of greenery and fewer beds or just the opposite?
Tip: Before you start looking for ideas, it should be roughly clear how you want your garden, how it should look and what benefits it should bring.
If you have an idea of your green oasis, you can enter the following keywords on Pinterest to get initial suggestions:
|Cottage Garden||They rely on natural materials and plant the beds mainly with local plants. Streams and ponds can be wonderfully integrated.|
|city garden||You probably have less space available. The scope for design is therefore limited. Rather pursue a straightforward concept and rely on smaller plants.|
|rockery||You can also create a rock garden in a smaller area. Slopes are preferred. Design elements such as stones, rocks and gravel dominate. The plants are planted with plants that require little maintenance and that are not affected by drought.|
|cottage garden||The cottage garden is designed as a utility garden and is usually branched off from a main garden. Fruit, vegetables and herbs thrive in the cottage garden. Pay attention to short distances to the kitchen. so that you can always get herbs as quickly as possible.|
|kitchen garden||All edible plants can be stored in a kitchen garden. So you can plant fruit trees and berry bushes, integrate herbs and grow vegetables. Kitchen gardens are preferably equipped with raised beds.|
|Alpinum||Experienced hobby gardeners may perhaps dare to build an alpine. It is a kind of bed design related to the rock garden. However, only plants from alpine regions are cultivated here.|
The most beautiful design ideas - found on Pinterest
If you would like to design the bed and be inspired accordingly, enter the appropriate term in Pinterest in the search bar. If you have already pointed out relevant interests when registering on the portal, you can also search your pin board for pins directly.
Some ideas that stand out:We noticed a particularly attractive type of bed design. Here, pavement slabs were arranged alternating with plants. This creates a colorful "checkerboard pattern". All flowering plants are suitable for this. Depending on the size of the bed, use one plant and one sidewalk slab alternately.Beds do not have to appear boring and always have the same shape. Flower discounts can also be created in wave form. The bed was colorfully planted and is closed off by a gravel edge on the wall and side of the house, where you can also plant small conifers.
Raised beds make your work easier and are also an attractive eye-catcher, for example if you are provided with a kind of mosaic wall or have been equipped with additional climbing aids.
How about several small beds surrounded by colorful wooden frames. This also gives structure to smaller gardens. The beds can be used for growing vegetables. Planted with sunflowers, cress or sweet peas, the natural charm of this design proposal is emphasized.
What is important when designing beds?only plants with the same requirements put together in one bed - © Countrypixel / stock.adobe.com
Once you have provided yourself with the appropriate suggestions, the real work begins. Did you choose different plants to create a colorful and varied picture? There is nothing wrong with this, but the plants should have roughly the same location and soil requirements so that they thrive in the bed. If the bed is in the sun or partial shade, you have many options for planting, because most flowering plants prefer a sunny location.
It gets complicated in a rather shady place. Here you have to reckon with the fact that many plants do not grow abundantly as desired and the bloom is rather sparse or not at all.
Tip: Choose only plants with the same lighting and soil conditions for planting.
The soil also plays a role in the bed design. Finally, the substrate provides the basis for the growth of the plants used.
How to do soil cultivation:
1. Loosen the soil
2. Remove weeds, roots and stones from the soil
3. Upgrade the soil with compost or horn shavings
4. Dig out planting holes
5. Insert plants
6. Fill up the substrate
7. Press the floor well
8. Water plants liberally
It is important to ensure that the soil is nutritious. By adding compost, the plants receive an organic slow-release fertilizer that provides them with nutrients well in the first year of standing. If you have used annual flowering plants, they do not need to be fertilized additionally. Also pay attention to the permeability of the soil, so that the water can drain off easily and does not accumulate in the soil and damage the roots of the plants.
The best ideas for planters on Pinterest
Planters are essential for garden design. They also fit in the smallest gardens and conjure up garden feeling even on the balcony and terrace. Pinterest provides the necessary inspiration for all seasons and all spatial conditions.
Simply enter "planter" or "tub plant" and be inspired.
Do you have a lot of space in the garden? Then you can put conifers, sweet grasses or small trees in the bucket. Wooden planters look particularly natural with bamboo grass and can be easily integrated into gardens with ponds and water courses. Planters with integrated climbing aids make the planting of climbing plants possible.
Planted wheelbarrows or zinc bathtubs are also a nice idea. On Pinterest we discovered a bathtub transformed into a rock garden. This was planted with various succulents. A spring of zinc decorated with tulips can provide a first splash of color in the garden.
Which plants are suitable for container planting?© Tiberius Gracchus / stock.adobe.com
- dwarf lilacs
- Zebra grass
Hardy tub plants:
- Japanese maple
- dwarf pine
- olive tree
- fig tree
What is important when caring for potted plants?
The container planting offers you countless possibilities to stage your plants in the smallest of spaces. However, there is also less space available for the plants in the tub than is the case when planting directly into the bed. Therefore, higher demands are placed on the hobby gardener.
This starts with the selection of the right planter. Adjust the size of the planter to the plants that should feel comfortable there. Pay attention to stable planters that can withstand rain and frost.
Tip: Each planter needs sufficient drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
For larger plants, it is advisable to choose planters that are equipped with rollers or handles and thus enable easy transport to the winter quarters. Container plants are increasingly affected by waterlogging. This can be prevented by introducing drainage into the bottom of the vessel. The bottom of the vessel is covered with gravel or shards of clay. Put a piece of air and water permeable fleece on top. Now the earth can be filled into the vessel and the plants are used.
In order for the plants to thrive well in the bucket, some care instructions should be observed:
- water regularly
- adequate nutrient supply
- protect against waterlogging
- Remove faded food regularly
- Remove water from the coaster
- Repot plants at least every three years and replace substrate
After paying attention to these tips and hints, it will soon be green and blooming in your garden and you can attach photos of your green oasis to your Pinterest wall and maybe provide suggestions for other plant lovers.