The summer cottage for many people is a place where they can take a break from all the city worries and feel the unity with nature. Of course, the cultivation of a good harvest is also an incentive for many to visit the cottage regularly, but nevertheless, most tend to the country to rest. And for rest, first of all, it is necessary to create comfortable and, more importantly, aesthetic conditions. To the eye was something to stop and relax.
Some time ago, the combination of the words "landscape design beds" would only cause a smile. But in recent years, more and more people are striving to create, at least on a small piece of land, a paradise on earth for themselves and their loved ones. Many people are trying to outdo each other in the design of their site with all sorts of figures, hanging baskets, flower beds, the original form of paths and fences. Well, the beds in the country - this is the basis of the foundation of any suburban area. That is where it all began ...
Naturally, the desire not only to make them comfortable both for the summer resident and plants, but also beautiful. Making the beds is not such a difficult task, due to the large number of garden and building materials currently on sale. Moreover, there are practically no limitations on registration, the main thing is that it is beautiful and safe.
Where to begin
If you really conceived to radically change your plot, and not to arrange one or two beds, then you need to start with a well-thought-out plan. After all, if on paper to change something is not at all difficult, then when everything is already finished in reality, you should experience only a sense of pride and admiration, but no disappointment. Otherwise, it does not make sense to start all this.
So, take a large sheet of paper and draw a plan of your plot, preferably precisely observing the scale. On the plan it is necessary to put all the existing buildings and tracks. If there is a bias on the site or the terrain is not perfectly smooth, then this is only good. Many specially arrange slides and mounds on level ground, and terracing even a gentle slope will add additional exoticism to your site.
In the design of flower beds and beds on your site, the main thing is that everything was in moderation. After sketching the main objects on the plan, be sure to estimate how many beds you want to arrange. If the area is quite small, then you need to think of vertical and multi-level beds. However, at least one such composition does not interfere in a large area.
Important! Placing the beds on the plan, be sure to consider the proximity of the water source. After all, watering is something without which vegetables simply cannot grow.
Do not forget that the garden is created not only for beauty - the plants will need care.
The landscape design of your site provides for the creation of several zones that will differ from each other in their design. In one zone you can equip a place for passive recreation, in the other - a small playground. And in each zone you can break flower beds and beds. However, it is quite possible to combine them. Indeed, many flowers are excellent protection of vegetables from pests.
Materials for decoration of beds
Materials for registration of beds in the country there are a great many.
The beds, decorated with a variety of materials, are presented below in the photo.
- From boards of different textures;
- From natural stones. From this material, you can create high complex ridges with the involvement of specialists, and you can lay out very nice and simple beds;
- From blocks of natural or artificial;
- From bricks, including decorative;
- From the branches that are woven into the decorative fence, you can create charming beds in the country with their own hands;
- From plastic strips and containers, you can create an attractive composition, if you arrange them in the form of a variety of geometric shapes or lines;
- With the use of special decorative garden borders of various shapes and shades;
- Out of slate;
- From metal profile and metal sheets;
- From plastic bottles, after some preliminary preparation, consisting in their coloring in various colors, it is possible to create colorful compositions.
No matter how many beds you come up with in the garden, a few of them must be high. Firstly, they greatly simplify the care of plants. Secondly, the most valuable and beautiful plants can be planted in them, because the conditions for the growth and development of plants in these beds will be the most optimal. And finally, the design options for such beds can be limited only by your imagination. They can be painted in any attractive color, they can be painted with patterns. They can put a mosaic of small decorative pebbles.
How can you easily and quickly make a high bed? If you decide to lay it out of bricks or stone, then it will take the most time. In this case, it is best to invite a bricklayer to make your building look professional. But with other materials it is quite possible to cope on their own.
The easiest option is to use ready-made boards, 1.5–3 cm thick and 15–20 cm wide. If the height of the proposed bed does not exceed 30 cm, then it is better to dig a shallow ditch at the intended place for the future bed. Its depth may be insignificant - about 10-15 cm.
You can choose the length of the bed at your discretion, and its width can vary from 50 to 80 cm. The main thing is for you to comfortably reach out to any part of it outside. Then from the prepared boards the box by the sizes of a future bed gets off. From four external sides it is limited to slats, which are deeply hammered into the ground. Basis for high beds ready. If the bed is supposed to be more than 50 cm high, then coarse organic materials — branches, boards, branches, etc. — must be placed at the very bottom with a layer of up to 20 cm.
Attention! If you have rodents on the site - moles, mice, then it is advisable to put a net at the very bottom of the future beds so that the animals cannot reach your harvest.
To protect the boards from rotting, it is recommended to lay a garden bed from the inside along the entire perimeter with a layer of polyethylene. The final step will be filling the bed with a mixture of earth, compost and humus. All these components can be prepared in advance independently, and it is possible to buy. At the last stage, you make out the external side of the beds in any way that your imagination will tell you. The simplest thing is to paint the boards in bright colors.
The content of the beds is important too.
If you are thinking about the question - how to arrange the beds in your summer cottage, then beautiful decoration of the plantings themselves will be important. The most indispensable vegetables for creating beautiful compositions are various types of salads and cabbages. After all, there are so many varieties and colorings. And if you grow a lot of seedlings of these vegetables in advance, then you can create unique colorful patterns that will look even more decorative than flower beds.
Another idea, interesting for the embodiment, will be the creation of a small kitchen garden of fragrant herbs. If the originally prepared and leveled earth is divided into many triangles or diamonds with the help of wooden slats, then they can be planted with various herbs. If you pick up different shades, the result can be impressive. But this garden will also smell sweet.
It is most logical to place a similar bed-bed of fragrant herbs near the barbecue area, where you receive guests and picnics at your summer cottage.
Finally, try to master in your garden the various options for mixed plantings of vegetables. This will allow you to minimize the use of chemistry to protect plants from pests, as they will protect themselves. In addition, mixed plantings provide a vast scope for creativity. Your garden will be completely unique and unique.
Speaking about the design of the beds in the country, it is impossible not to mention such an important direction as vertical beds and flower beds. This is a fairly new direction, but its possibilities are truly inexhaustible. For a small area, they are simply indispensable. But even in large areas their role can not be overestimated. First, they can help break up the area into zones. Vertical beds can serve as a kind of partitions, beyond which begins another functional space.
In addition, suspended and vertical structures can play a role in the design of tracks and transitions from one part of the site to another. An example would be a garden arch, decorated with cells, with herbs or strawberry bushes planted in it.
In recent years, new materials have been used for vertical beds, such as, for example, plastic pipes of different diameters. Of these, you can make amazing designs, thanks to a variety of compounds.
Wood, as a material, will never go out of fashion, so vertical structures made of wood look very noble. For them it is only necessary to provide protection from external influences, covering them with paints and varnishes. In this case, the service life of such facilities will increase significantly.
If you have a large closed wall of the house or a deaf fence on the plot, then you will think of nothing better than decorating it with hanging vertical beds.
As you see, everything is in your power and the decoration of the beds and the whole area can be limited only to the flight of your imagination. And ideas and materials for their implementation can now be found in abundance.