Grow a Bed Head Garden
Trendy "bed head" gardens are casual, effortless —even sexy. See if this fresh garden trend is right for you.
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A Bed Head Garden in Pennsylvania
Overgrown vs. Bed Head
Bed head gardens are springing up around the country, according to a Garden Media Group report. Most have a slightly overgrown look, but overgrown doesn't mean neglected. A true bed head planting often uses curved paths and beds to lead visitors deeper into the garden, and plants are arranged to grow as they would in nature. If garden decor is used, it's made of raw, natural or reclaimed materials.
Bed Heads with Colorful Flowers
Grasses Mix with Flowers in Bedhead Design
Although some bed head gardens combine flowers and grasses, don't worry too much about color, Maffei advises. He pairs narrow-leaved plants with broad-leaved ones and vase-shaped plants with those that grow in mounds. "Then toss in a few [plants] that have long, wiry stems that will spray out around them. Don't mass lots of the same plant in one place, mix them up a little."