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Flower beds in lawn?

Firstly excuse the state of the lawn, moved in a year ago and it's full of thatch & moss! 😣

Do you think I should add any flower beds in the lawn? It's a funny shape so didn't know if it would look random? 


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,504
    I would widen the beds you have already.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    I agree with @b3 Emily, l would widen the existing beds rather than add another one in the middle.
    They can be a bit fiddly when it comes to mowing.

    However, it's your garden now and there's nothing to stop you from giving it an overhaul and a redesign. Maybe change the straight lines to curves, that sort of thing.

    If you give a little more information, the size of the garden, whether it's sunny or shady, whereabouts you live (just a general location is fine) , and the sort of gardening you'd like to do, l'm sure there will be plenty of advice :)
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,040
    @emily1.sumner Yes so would I if it is possible. A deeper border gives you the opportunity to plant in layers, so tall things at the back then a middle layer with small things to the front. You can break these rules by trying a few taller plants at the front such as ornamental grasses which you can see through to other plants. Also repeating some of your plants and planting in groups of three or five can work well. If you have a hose lay it out on the grass and create some shapes. An elongated S shaped works or go for deep straight border for a more formal look. Your garden appears to be shallow so you could create a focal point in one of the corners like a pot maybe.
    Building a garden is very personal. It's not quite the same as installing a boiler.
    James Alexander Sinclair 
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    I agree with the above suggestions, to widen your existing borders rather than create islands in the lawn.
    As well as AnniD's point about them being awkward when mowing you would be adding to the edging upkeep required.
  • em22em22 Posts: 4
    Thank you for your suggestions. 🙂
    Here's another angle, at the top of the pic is matures shrubs and large trees at the back.
    The garden is south facing.
    To the right out of shot on the other side of a path is a large deep border which I've planted with prairie style plants.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    South facing and priarie style planting sounds good to me, it certainly gives you plenty of options.
    My personal idea would be to extend the beds on at least 3 sides using sweeping curves. This makes mowing easier than small tight ones.
     If you wanted to keep it all as straight lines then that'd be fine, obviously 😊. I would extend the paving outside the conservatory if you can , this will give you more room for the chairs and less lawn to mow.
    Apologies if you've already planned to do this.
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    It's a good idea to plot any curves by using a mower. That way you know it's easy to follow the edge when mowing. Hosepipes are often recommended for laying out border edges but it's more practical to use the mower, let the grass grow long then cut the curve. 
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