How to make a long and narrow flowerbed appealing

How to make a long and narrow flowerbed appealing

The main design rules for narrow flower beds

Even if the selection is large and difficult: Less is always more with long, narrow flower beds! Therefore limit yourself to a few species, which, however, are allowed to grow tall and wide. Depending on the length of the bedding strip, it is best to have around three to five different perennials that are different in height and width and repeat themselves. In very narrow beds you plant the selected species alternately, in wider beds the taller species come to the fore and the lower ones to the fore. The bed strip also brings great effects if you limit yourself to one topic. These can be flowering plants of one color, combined with evergreen or ornamental foliage plants. With narrow beds in particular, you should also make sure to choose perennials with a long flowering time and evergreen foliage.Otherwise it can happen that the bed only looks attractive during flowering.

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Narrow flower beds on house walls, walls and hedges

Narrow beds are often found in front of house walls, walls, fences, hedges or as a boundary to the left and right of the main path to the front door. Depending on where the bed is located, there are special requirements in terms of location and soil conditions. You should adjust the selection of plants accordingly.

Flowerbed in front of a house wall

Beds in front of a house wall often offer particularly difficult growing conditions, as the soil here is often very dry, not very deep and calcareous. So you need - even if it is a shady location - drought tolerant plants. But these locations are often very protected, so that even perennials sensitive to the cold thrive here and can even be overwintered.

Flowerbed in front of a wall / fence

Walls and fences, on the other hand, invite you to be planted with climbing and climbing plants. Clematis, roses or hydrangeas go particularly well here.

Flowerbed in front of a hedge

Hedges are also difficult, as there is often a lot of competitive pressure with regard to the supply of water, nutrients and light. Depending on whether the location is light and dry or rather dark and humid, you have to make a decision on accordingly insensitive plants. Incidentally, perennials with light flowers are particularly attractive in front of a dark green hedge.


Narrow bed strips do not always have to bloom profusely to look attractive. Decorative leaf plants - for example with colored or variegated leaves - and various herbs also look very appealing.