If you’ve ever been abroad to England or visited a botanical garden of some kind, you’ve probably seen a quilt garden in the first person. The idea behind a quilt garden is to use flowers and other foliage to create patterns and designs that look like quilts. You’ll need only a few items to make a quilt garden of your own, starting with a variety of bright flowers and foliage and a 15×15 foot plot of land to do your quilting. Are you ready to get started? Great, let’s do it! Check out my tutorial below if you want to “fabricate” your own quilt garden.
FABRICating A Quilt Garden
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-15×15 foot plot of land
-Plants and foliage that fit your pattern
-A geometric quilt pattern to design your flower bed after
-Gardening tools such as a hoe, shovel, and trowel.
Before you begin, make sure that your garden plot is ready for planting. Making sure you weed and work the soil now will be incredibly helpful as the growing season progresses. Prior to planting, mark our your 15×15 foot plot of land with stakes and strings. Place your stakes and strings around the garden plot so they match your desired quilt design.
Now that your pattern has been laid out using your strings and stakes, arrange your flowers and foliage so they fit the pattern. You won’t actually want to do any of the planting yet, but you will want to lay out the pots so you can visually see how your design is supposed to turn out.
If you like the way your design has been laid out, now is the perfect time to make it permanent! Use your garden tools to work the soil and do your planting before moving on to the next step. This is really where the fun of the project begins!
After all of the planting is complete, do any trimming or cutting back so that your garden fits the pattern perfectly. Give the gardening an even watering before calling it good for the day.
Care is important when it comes to keeping your quilt garden looking great. To keep your flowers looking their best, deadhead and trim them back throughout the season as is necessary. Also, gardeners should note that one area of the quilt garden may require more water than the other side. That’s perfectly okay (and even common!) and gardeners should simply adjust their watering schedules accordingly.