Add charm to your backyard with rainbow garden designs this spring

The key to getting a rainbow pattern in your garden is proper planning. This is why a rainbow garden, like any design from the ground up, is best started on paper rather than on site.

First, decide what type of rainbow garden you want to invest in: a spring onion garden, an annual garden, or a perennial garden. I’ll expand on the pros and cons of each of these below, so you can skip this step and come back later. But don’t skip the planning on paper before you start digging in the ground.

On a piece of paper, sketch out how you want your rainbow garden to look, with a few questions in mind.

How much sunlight does your rainbow patch get?

How often are you prepared to water it to keep the “‘Wow! factor” fresh?

Will passersby be able to admire it, or is it for your own private viewing?

Do you want to keep it a subtle affair, or go all out with this design?

How much maintenance are you willing to put in?

Do you want to plant the flowers in color order, or mix and match them a bit to keep it interesting?

Here are three possible rainbow garden layouts to get the ideas rolling.

Layout 1
Layout 1: The arched rainbow garden is designed as a side element in the place that receives the most sunlight.

Layout 2
Layout 2: You are completely immersed in the rainbow garden as you walk along the path and every row is within reach.

Layout 3
The rainbow garden acts as a natural enclosure and privacy protection for the seating area.

1. Choose plants that have roughly the same flowering time.
This depends a lot on the climate you work in and the type of plants you want to grow in your rainbow garden. But you definitely don’t want some flowers to wilt while others still haven’t opened.

For maximum visual impact, choose plants that bloom at the same time.
For maximum effect, you should choose plants that flower at the same time. This should be a fairly easy choice if you stick to the same type of plants – for example, you’re more likely to get a wave of flowering effect if you plant only summer perennials or only spring bulbs. Planning gets a little more complicated if you decide to mix and match, especially bulbs and perennials.