Garden designing with Heart Motifs
Love in the Garden! Or, we love hearts in the garden. If you have a fondness for anything heart or Valentine shaped, try these ideas in your garden, including two garden craft projects.
How did a Valentine heart shape come to be?
An early image showing a man depositing his heart in a marguerite flower, symbolizing his mistress, who was called Marguerite.
The first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates to the 1250s. It occurs in a miniature decorating a capital S in a manuscript. In the miniature, a kneeling lover offers his heart to a damsel. The heart shown resembles a pine-cone held “upside-down”, the point facing downward, which in medieval times was thought to be the shape of one’s heart.
Two garden heart crafts
How to create a heart shaped garden
- Choose a location for the heart-shaped flowerbed
- Lay out the overall heart shape and size for the flowerbed by outlining the
heart shape with garden hose or small-diameter rope
- Use a shovel to cut the edge cleanly,…use the shovel handle to measure
and even out the shape.
- Loosen and amend with more soil and fertilizer
- Choose the flowering plants
- Plant flowers that will be tall in the center.
- Apply a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch.
Take a corrugated garden bed, cut it as shown and arrange like a heart ❤ .
Concrete stepping stone with a basin molded from a heart ❤ shaped cake pan.
See also, “Heart-shaped in the garden”