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  1. Cindy Jones says:

    I love this idea. I have a huge oak tree out front some roots visible would you have any recommendations for filling the area in with soil for very low cost?

  2. I love your idea of painting the tree borders to give a fresh look! I want to do the same thing but was wondering if you used a particular paint to get a good coverage?
    Did you prime it or is it really not necessary?

    1. I didn’t prime but you’d probably get better coverage if you do! I just used regular spray paint.

  3. Cindy Honaker says:

    This is so cute. However, if the plants don’t do well, it is possible that they are not getting enough sun under that tree. If you need to buy more plants, look for plants that say ‘part sun’ under light requirements. Happy gardening!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Cindy! So far they’re looking okay, but we’ll see – I’m a master at killing plants!

  4. You painted the inside my favorite color!! This turned out beautifully.

    1. Thank you, Tanya! It’s one of my favorite colors too!

  5. Susan Skopek says:

    Your border is so refreshing and one of my favorite colors. I would have never thought to use this color as a border. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan!

  6. How close to the tree can you come with the soil and mulch without damaging the tree?

    1. I actually don’t have any mulch in this bed, it’s all soil. From what I’m hearing and reading elsewhere, it sounds like you should try to keep the new soil a few inches away from the trunk of the tree and that you should make sure and give some extra water to the tree for the first season or so until it adjusts to having the flowers there.

      1. Martha Knight says:

        For the sake of the health of the tree, you should not place extra soil above its roots near the trunk! The additional soil and the water you use in the flower bed will cause the tree to send roots upward toward the surface in an osmotic process. This will begin soon after the extra soil and water are applied, but you may not see the damage for some time– it’s underground. But it will harm the tree, for the sake of a “cute” flower bed you could place elsewhere. Or you could make a little circular platform around the tree, not on the ground, and place some patio-pots on it for flowers.

  7. I love your flower border around your tree so much I’ve just added it to our yard to-do list (my husband will be so thrilled, haha)! It looks gorgeous and makes such an impact. The little pop of color you added to the inside of the border pieces is the perfect touch!

    1. Thanks so much, Celeste!

  8. It turned out beautifully! We are looking to make some improvements to our outdoor space, so thank you for this post!

    1. Thanks! We still have a long way to go, but it’s a good start. Let’s just hope I can keep them alive. 😉