Gardening and Landscaping

How to Plant a Flowerbed Using an Iron Bed

December 8, 2019

Take a look at that classic iron bed and you’ll find. It adds interest, it is no problem, if the bed frame has a little rust. Or, paint the bed frame to fit in with the riot of flowers in your garden.

Headboard Trellises

Some iron beds have headboards. Curves and all those swirls make a trellis to get a jelqing. Detach the headboard and apply the legs to fasten it. Exotic blossoms, such as yearly sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus), or even perhaps a few citrus clematis (Clematis armandi) a perennial that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones seven through 9. The blooms of the pea come in many colors and complement bare and painted iron beds. Evergreen clematis has blossoms that provide a contrast with beds of a darker colour. Both are climbers that add fragrance that is sweet .

Edging Your Flowerbed

Foot boards and bed headboards also make amazing edging for your flowerbed. The taller designs twice as fencing while adding quirky originality into a bed of black-eyed Susans, also known as gloriosa daisies (Rudbeckia hirta). These crops create gold and red blossoms between June and September and reach heights of 2 to 3 feet. These daisies grow as perennials in USDA zones 4 depending upon the cultivar. Paint the iron bed fixtures white to get a contrast. Push the legs of this headboards and foot boards to the soil and you’ve got an immediate fence.

A Bed in the Bed

Use the entire iron bed as a centerpiece in larger gardens. As time passes, climbers will make their way up the headboards and foot boards and wind themselves. Before you know it, you have a bed of flowers completely covering the empty space that once housed the mattress. Or, place planters within the bed frame and fill them with colorful annuals. Combine the flowers with blossoms for more contrast.

The Bed is your Flower Garden

Iron baby cribs from the Victorian age are elegantly styled and just large enough for a small patio garden. The metal slats offer support for a deck to maintain planters. Annuals work well in this situation, as does lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), which grows in USDA zones 5 thorough 9. A number of these Automobiles were originally painted white to match the decor of the age. That white, along with the designs , provides a focal point for your terrace and contrasts with all the blossoms.

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