You don’t need a big space for a beautiful garden. There are many options for you to decorate your small garden and fill it with life and color. You can create flower beds with different colorful flowers, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, or any other plants you want to light up your garden.
Flower beds have the power to change your garden vibes completely. You can create spring or summer vibes all year long, you can accentuate an area in your garden, or even create a spot for birds to hang out just by choosing the right flower bed design. These don’t have to be classic and boring, you can spice things up a bit by doing a trendy arrangement.
Here are 12 small garden flower bed designs and trends for you to take inspiration from. Any of these will transform your small garden into a space full of nature, color, and light.
1. Touch of Spring
If you’re looking to give your garden a touch of spring, nothing will do the trick better than a flower bed filled with yellow, blue, and white flowers to contrast with your green grass.
You can create your own flower bed arrangement with this color palette and your garden will always live in the spring. You can choose two or three bright flowers maximum to be your main characters like some yellow button poms, white daisies, and blue hyacinths. To complete the spring look you can underplant some shrubs and green leaves. These will help you elevate the look and let you anchor the flowers easily in the bed.
2. Tulip Color Bomb
Tulips are one of the all-time favorite spring flowers. Adding them to your garden will draw all the looks and attention of your visitors to their unique colors. You can plant them by themselves making rows of different colors for a more regimented flower garden or if you want a less stiff look, you can plant them with other bright colored flowers like yellow or blue pansies that match the tulips.
On the other side, if you’re just looking for a playful and care-free style, you can just plant tulips mixing different colors in your flower garden space without a specific order. You can make some of them taller than others or leave them all at the same height.
Either way, with a tulip flower bed, you’ll get a happy natural look.
3. Pretty Pink Heathers
A flower bed made of an all pink color palette paints a beautiful on its own. Heathers are blossoms from a branching shrub, they usually grow in different shades of pink, purple, and mauve. When you put together heathers of these colors along with some white ones, you get as a result a soft and romantic color palette.
Plant them all together in your garden space to highlight a specific area of your garden. You can arrange the flowers by color and even create the illusion of a pink gradient or plant them randomly and let them naturally mix their colors. For this flower bed trend, many people use blue fescue to add some texture and contrast with all the pink.
Heather flowers usually have their pink hues until late November, but during winter they tend to turn brown, offering new interesting effects. This will give your garden a different vibe each season.
4. Romantic Small Garden
Nothing says romance better than a bouquet of red, white, or pink roses. So, why not grow your own roses and fill your house with their loving energy. These small garden flower bed designs have very characteristic color palettes that include various shades of pink and red, white touches, and green leaves to keep the flowers company.
One of the top flower bed choices from this trend is to mix some hot pink roses with small and delicate white flowers like waxflowers or daisies and leaving their stems with enough height for the green to show and feel part of the arrangement.
There are really no limits to what you can create in this trend. Imagine your flower bed as a giant bouquet, think of all the flowers that would make it perfect and which color combinations feel more romantic to you. Now, with that image in mind, you can substitute the roses or the waxflowers with the ones that you’re thinking of and create a customized romantic flower bed.
5. Color Tiles
For a more organized flower bed that helps you take advantage of your small side garden, you can create color tiles with year-long flowers. You can use begonias or similar small flowers that come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They’ll give your flower bed a sense of uniformity with each color square but still make each tile unique as every flower has different shapes and sizes. Choose colors that contrast with each other so that your tiles and squares are more defined.
Depending on which size you want for the tiles are the number of rows you can arrange. For long but narrow spaces, it’s better to only use one row and create squares along that row to highlight each tile color. In a shorter and wider area, you can make a checkered arrangement taking advantage of the space.
6. Raised Block
One of the favorite small garden flower bed designs are raised flower beds. To maximize your small garden space you can tuck a raised flower bed in a corner or along a wall and incorporate a bench, rocks, or wooden blocks that invite people to sit and spend time there.
A raised block is a space where you can get as creative as you want, you can fill it with ornamental grasses, leaves, or shrubs and decorate it with colorful lilies, chrysanthemums, asters, sunflowers, or even plant some vegetables as well.
Besides brightening up your garden, raised blocks to make the maintenance and gardening of the plants much easier. Just keep in mind that the flowers and plants you choose have to require similar needs. Try not to mix flowers that prefer sunlight with flowers that prefer shade so that you can take care of all of them in the best way.
7. Minimalistic Elegance
Some flowers are so elegant by themselves that they don’t need company. These include daffodils, anemones, carnations, peonies, hydrangeas, or bizzy lizzies. These flowers come in small and medium sizes allowing you to fill up your flower bed with them without making it look overloaded. For a minimalistic space, it’s better to use only one color for your whole flower bed. Pink and white are some of the top colors for this trend.
You can play with the flower bed by giving it certain inclinations or different shapes with the stem lengths. This will outline your flower bed space and will upgrade its elegance.
If you want an even cleaner look, define your flower bed space and with the help of your gardener make a small step that divides your lawn from the flower bed area. In a freshly cut lawn, this will give it a more sophisticated look and feel.
8. Tree Stump or Log Flower Bed
If you happen to have a tree stump or an old log sitting around in your garden, you can reuse them and make them the base of your flower bed. You can ask a local carpenter to help you cut the log to make space for your flowers and give the wood a nice look. Then you can shovel in some soil for the plants and fill it with your favorite flowers.
To contrast your flower bed with the wooden look, you can add flowers with bright colors like daffodils, phloxes, daisies, pelargoniums, or bellflowers. These flowers in red, purple, yellow, or blue colors will revive your old log. To finish, decorate them with grass or long sword-shaped green leaves, they will give your flower bed a more dramatic look and your garden a new personality. You can leave the logs and tree stumps only with the plants and flowers on top of them or decorate the sides and the soil around them as well.
You can arrange as many logs and tree stumps as you want and all together they’ll give your house a rustic feel.
9. Gravel Outlines
To outline and highlight the space of your flower bed you can create a gravel little path. Flower bed designs of this type usually combine bright pink or red flowers with sword-shaped leaves or tall ornamental grasses to contrast with the soft gray of the gravel. You can plant poppies, anemones, lilies, or similar flowers for a fresh look in your garden.
On the other hand, you can incorporate the gravel into your small flower bed design and let it coexist harmonically with the rest of the flora in the arrangement. These types of flower beds can include aloe and agave plants of different heights and certain parts with sedges, shrubs, or rosemaries to go with the gravel.
10. Desert Flower Bed
Some of the trending small garden flower bed designs include plants and flowers that give your garden a desert vibe. To create this look, there are hundreds of options to choose from. Some of the top choices include agaves, blue chalksticks, myrtle spurges, royal dewflowers, barrel cactus, candelilla, resin spurges, many other succulent plants, and any desert flower that you think could bright your space with its color. You can add some small upright cacti of different sizes and shapes to make your flower more interesting as they will contrast with the rest of the smaller plants and flowers.
One of the greatest benefits of this flower bed style it’s that it doesn’t need as much maintenance as others do. The dessert plants and flowers assure that your flower bed will look as good as new as the years go by. You just have to make sure that you keep the soil in good condition and your plants will do the rest.
11. Clay Pots
To create convenient small garden flower bed designs, you can use clay pots and customize their arrangement. You can outline your garden with small pots or you can half-bury them in a bed of gravel along the walls. To add color to your greenery and the clay pots, you can plant a couple of amaryllis, daffodils, or alstroemerias in each pot and complete them with some big green leaves.
If you want to create a more jazzy flower bed arrangement, you can pick a corner or a small spot in your garden and mix pots of different sizes and colors. In each of those, plant different ornamental grasses and flowers of various heights for a trendier corner. You can add some rattlesnakes, hyacinths, and other tall flowers to complement your background shrubs and grasses.
If you like to plant your own herbs and vegetables, this might be the perfect place for you to do it. Onions, garlic, rosemary, or crocus go great in this small flower bed.
12. Side Yard Herb Garden
Your flower bed doesn’t necessarily need the flowers to be its main characters. You can create a herb garden and decorate it with other plants and flowers to make it more joyful.
You can plant chives, basil, mint, parsley, sage, thyme, dill, and any other herbs you like and have them ready for your kitchen at all times. When you plant them, choose strategic spots for each herb separating them with some bricks or round cobbles. These will lighten up the soft green colors of the grass and the herbs and will help you identify which herb is which.
Complement your plant bed with flowers that can be planted along with the herbs so that they can coexist without any problems. You can use hosta lilies or heucheras to make your herbs company and even and some hen and chicks plants or other ornamental grasses to complete the vibe of the herb flower bed.