Informal Flower Bed Designs for Outdoor Living Spaces

The philosophy I employ for designing informal flower beds for Outdoor Living Spaces comes from Peter Lassig, who was the head gardener at the Salt Lake City Temple grounds.  I have included here my new podcast which explains the very basics of how to design an informal flower bed.

I will be including soon an Itunes enhanced podcast which will include the illustrations below.  For now, and if you do not use Itunes, you can follow along with the slides below.  I will also include with the enhanced podcast post several pictures of the flower beds at Temple Square in Salt Lake.

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Informal Flower Bed Design

In this podcast I discuss Informal flower bed design. The history of informal Flower Bed Design. How Informal Flower Bed Design compares with Formal Flower Bed Design. Showing you how Informal Flower bed design can be used in your garden.

2 Responses to “Informal Flower Bed Designs for Outdoor Living Spaces”

  1. Kathy Butler says:

    Hi, I am a student doing a report on flower-letter-beds, and I am trying to find some information about making a letter-bed wtih the schools letters. Is there any information you could give me about making letters for a flower-bed? Thanks Kathy

  2. Jeremy says:


    Thanks for your interest in my post about informal flower beds. Flower beds with letters are more of a formal style of flower bed. I have several suggestions for you for a formal flower bed like you mentioned.

    My first suggestion would be to select one flower, all the same color, for the letters and a second flower, all the same color, for the background. When you plant the flowers, place the letters first, but make sure to place the flowers in rows. Then fill in the empty space with the background flower.

    My second suggestion would be to stick with two colors, but use many different types of flowers (several red flowers and several white flowers). Then you can follow the same principles mentioned in the information on informal flower bed design basics to place the flowers as letters or in the background.

    My last suggestion would be to follow the design philosophy that places like Disneyland use, that is to pick one color for the letters and then do a complimentary mix for the flowers in the background and follow the design principles mentioned in the informal flower bed design basics podcast. You can use a mix of flowers and colors for the background, but if you use white or a pastel for the letters, then I would use more dark and solid colors for the background, or vice versa.

    The last thing I would mention is that, since you want the letters to be legible all year, I would recommend using annuals instead of perennials for your flower bed. You can plant bulbs and pansies in the fall and summer annuals in about May, depending on where you are located and when the summer annuals are available.

    I hope that helps, Kathy, and be sure to send me pictures when you are through and visit back often!

    Jeremy Lott

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