Flower bed tips

jay733June 5, 2010

I'm growing a flower bed right now but I don't know if I'm over crowding. My flower bed is small, about 3 feet width by 26 feet length. So far I have young plants growing. I have foxgloves lined horizontally in the background I have firecracker, candy corn vine, bat face cuphea, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, flame bush, and salvia. Is there certain amount of space between each plant I should give them? I have one plant of each except the foxglove, which I have lined in the background about a foot a part. What spacing should I consider when planting my other plants? I basically want to have all the plants I've mentioned fill the entire space of the bed with little space separating them to give it a full look but I don't know if this will work, I'm new to this first time making a bed for hummingbirds so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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hummersteve

When I first started my flower bed it was about the same size as yours and it was tight quarters with plants growing into one another. Another thing I found this bed is also up against my house and hummers couldnt get to the backside flowers which were mashed against the house. So in following years I improved my planting to where more plants had more room to breathe and were not so close to the house. You learn this with trial and error. And then again some people like their flowers meshed together like this. When you first start like me you really dont know how big certain plants will get or how much they will spread but you will soon learn. No matter what people say you have to learn for yourself. You have to experience it then you will know what to do the following years. And yes, my main flower bed has at least tripled in width, but same length.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 10:26AM
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jay733

Thanks for the tips, I was just worried about the plants dying if over crowded because of the roots. I plan to cut down plants and have tall plants in the back the low ones in the front so each one is accessible. Might have to expand the width a little as the plants grow though.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 12:26PM
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