I recently transformed a dull, drab front flower bed into a beautiful bed bursting with color. We did nearly all of it with the many artificial outdoor plants in our line. The only plants in this flowerbed that are natural are the ones bordering the walkway.
Over the next few weeks we are going to go through the process, plant by plant, and show you the proper way to use artificial outdoor plants. Today, we are going to focus on the artificial ferns, which are accented by sprays of barberry and grass.
Our You Tube vide takes you step by step through the planting process and shows off just how natural the end result looks. While we used grasses, barberry sprays, and ferns, you could absolutely follow the same process with any of your favorite outdoor artificial plants.
We started with an absolutely blank slate and started laying the artificial stems out where we wanted them to be placed. This is a great method of space planning when you are designing a complete flower bed. Each artificial plant has a sturdy central stem with serrated edges that can easily be inserted directly through the weed barrier and int the ground. Once there, they will stand strong, despite rain, wind, and any other elements they are exposed to. The UV protection will
The ferns were chosen because of the horizontal space that they occupy. I also wanted to add some height to things so after I inserted the fern in the ground, I added three taller sprays directly behind it. The result is a greater contrast of color and texture. I repeated this arrangement four times, staggering them in the flower bed so each of them could be displayed perfectly.
After all of your plants are in place, go ahead and mulch around them to complete the natural look.
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