How to Start a Flower Garden for Beginners

Have you been contemplating starting a flower garden in your yard? A flower garden is a great way to spruce up space and give it a unique appeal. Not only will you enjoy the sight but anyone else who happens to pass by and see it will most likely appreciate your hard work too. 

It can be challenging to know where to start if you have never started your own flower garden before. Which flowers do you plant? What tools do you need? When and where do you even start? 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect, take a deep breath and read on! We’ve got some simple tips to help you know exactly how to start a flower garden for beginners. 

Once you get started, you will enjoy the thrill of picking your flowers and plants and various décor and getting to set it up just how you like it. 

Here are our tips! 


  1. Get to Know the Space

We don’t just mean take a picture or look at the area, we mean really get to know your space. This is absolutely vital before you get started and perhaps really one of the more challenging aspects of the task of starting a flower garden. 

Here are some of the aspects you will want to be familiar with:

  • Space and Site formation and size
  • Understand your soil
  • Are there flowers present or are you starting fresh?
  • Familiarize yourself with your location’s frost cycles
  • Incorporate the landscape

At this stage of the game, you really haven’t even started planning your flowers yet. You might have an idea of some flowers or plants that you know you want or you may have flowers present that you want to work around and that’s totally ok! 

If there are present flowers or specific flowers that you want to incorporate, be sure that you are familiar with how those can work in and what they need to survive and thrive for your flower garden. 

You should get to know the space and the size and how things will work together. Creating a flower garden is like building a puzzle. You will want to know the landscape and the space you have to work within. 

What are some traits that might impact your work? Are there rocks or other features that could impede your efforts? What about shade and sunlight? 

You can test your soil to really get to know your soil. There are soil sample tests that you can do at home or you can even send it off to a soil lab. Understanding the soil and the nutrients might help you when you choose what you’re placing in the soil or when you are fertilizing or treating the soil. 

Understanding the frost cycles is important as well because some things might not be able to handle an early frost while other things need an early frost. Just work to be familiar with this in your area. 

  1. Time to Design

Now that you know your space and your area, it’s time to do the fun stuff! Choose colors and placement and get to designing! A flower garden can be more than just flowers. 

You might want to consider things like wood chips, rocks, garden décor, fences and gates, and more! Of course, you also want to consider your flowers and plants. Things like colors might filter into your decision. 

Don’t be afraid to do some DIY work when you’re making décor. If you own a sawhorse or any minor tools, you can do a lot! Click here to learn more about sawhorses and your options there!

This is your garden so create it in whatever creative way that you dare or desire. There really is nothing off-limits. If you want it packed full of bright and colorful flowers, then so be it! Just remember that your garden space is like a puzzle. 

Piece it together to get the look and feel that you are after. You don’t have to spend hordes of money to have someone come in and design for you. Do a bit of research for visual ideas and what will work with your site elements and start putting things together. 

Feel free to draw diagrams and mess around with placements and colors as well. 

Most professional flower garden designers would recommend that you don’t go overboard. You don’t’ want this flower garden to be overwhelming to your senses but you also want it to be a reflection of your preferences. 

Here are some design elements that you may want to keep in mind. 

  • Layer pieces in color, size, and height
  • It’s ok to be repetitive with colors and similar features
  • Mix and match shapes
  • Consider the fragrance 
  • Consider how they will move in the wind

These little things might just impact your vision and appeal to keep them in mind as you create! 


  1. Have Gardening Tools on Hand

If you’re going to start a flower garden, you need to be prepared with the proper tools. While you can certainly use your hands alone for some things but they won’t work for every task. 

You will spend a considerable amount of time in your flower garden, particularly at first when you’re getting it set up. 

Here are our recommendations for the most vital gardening tools to have on hand. 

  • Gardening gloves
  • Soil food and prep materials as needed
  • Various gardening tools – small shovel, small hoe, make a soil tiller
  • Knee pad or cushion for comfort
  • Watering tool – hose or watering can

These are the must-haves but there are a lot of other things that you might not think about ahead of time that you should consider. 

Here are some other miscellaneous things you may need. 

  • Hat for sun protection
  • Hose sprayer if you use a hose to water
  • Rocks or wood chips as needed
  • Bug spray
  • Fertilizer or plant food


As a beginner, it can be intimidating to start a flower garden but it’s really not so hard. Use these tips and you will be prepared for the perfect garden! The nice thing about creating a flower garden is this is your chance to be completely unique! There is no wrong answer here.