Help! How do I fix my flower bed?

emma27(6)October 6, 2013

When my husband and I bought our house, there had been basically no maintenance done to our many flower beds. This one is by far the worse.... I would love feedback on the best way to fix it and make it beautiful again. As you can see in the picture, it has been completely overrun by grass. Can it be fixed without removing the soil completely and starting over? The bed is full of lilies if that makes any difference. Thank you!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I just offered some info in response to a similar question that could apply to your situation also. Does this help?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 11:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The dead foliage in the photo appears to be daylily (hemerocallis) and not true lilies. Is this correct? I think it would be a good idea to preserve this type of treatment but consider the following; select medium height daylilies like Stella D'oro or preferably Happy Returns (nicer colour, I think). Both are repeat bloomers but need to be dead-headed after the first bloom to keep them tidy looking for the remainder of the season. Dig out (but shake off the soil) all grass, weeds and existing daylilies and discard or save to a width of 2 feet (this width is the same as the height of the plants when in bloom, a good ratio to use for all beds). Use stone edging to separate the lawn from the bed. This will make it easy to cut with a mower and will help prevent the grass from creeping back into the bed. Mix plenty of organic material into the bed and then plant your daylilies about 18 inches to 2 feet apart. Water well and then mulch with bark. On the other side of the path I would again plant daylilies but not exclusively. Mix in peonies if there's enough sun or hostas if there's enough shade. Again, astilbes if there's enough sun or ferns if it's shady. Use the same procedure regarding preparing the bed and mulching.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 5:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
LARGE overgrown garden... what and when and how?
I saw a few posts similar to mine... bought a house,...
What is the slope requirement for back yard?
I have a small backyard that recently adding a patio....
Ding Yew
My parents have some old yew foundation hedges that...
Overwhelmed by inherited garden
I have an older established flower garden that I inherited...
Garden make over
Hello! im having trouble creating a tropical garden...
Sponsored Products
Custom Rowan Upholstered Headboard
Home Decorators Collection
SomerTile 8x12-inch Natural White Ceramic Wall Tile (Case of 18)
Portable BBQ Kit
| Dot & Bo
Dale Tiffany Tioga Two-Light Table Lamp
$349.99 | LuxeDecor
KOHLER Kitchen Tanager Undermount Cast Iron 33x22x9.625 3-Hole Kitchen Sink in
Home Depot
Quorum International 77525-8102 Capri I Polished Brass 52" Ceiling Fan
Littman Bros Lighting
Green Flower Market Paper Towel Holder
$68.00 | Horchow
Rizzy Home Beige Color Stack Decorative Throw Pillow - TKL029
$48.00 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™