How Much Does it Cost to Install a Flower Bed in 2024?

A 5 x 12-foot flower bed costs the average homeowner around $2,500, with a typical range of $1,000 to $3,000 for materials and labor.

A flower bed improves the appearance of your front, side, or backyard. A 5 x 12-foot flower bed costs the average homeowner around $2,500, with a typical range of $1,000 to $3,000 for materials and labor. Prices range from as low as $850 for a flower bed to as high as $6,000.

Adding flower beds to your front yard is a great way to boost the aesthetic value of your home. In places with few or no huge trees, flower beds are essential for adding texture and visual interest.

In this cost guide:

Average flower bed installation costs in 2024

The national average cost to install a flower bed is $2,500, with lawn and garden professionals typically charging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for installation. 

National average cost$2,500
Typical range$1,000 – $3,000
Extreme low-end cost$850
Extreme high-end cost$6,000

The costs mentioned in the table above are for both materials and labor used in an installation of a flower bed. Pricing may vary depending on several specific factors, including design choice and location. 

Flower bed cost estimator by size 

The majority of landscapers have a standard rate for the entire project instead of charging by the square foot. Still, for cost-estimating purposes, the average price of labor per square foot is $8. Please find below the labor costs for installing a flower bed in different sizes.

Size of Flower Bed Labor Cost
3 x 10 ft.$240
5 x 10 ft.$400
5 x 12 ft.$480
8 x 10 ft.$640
8 x 12 ft.$770

Other factors that affect cost

The price of installing a flower bed may change if special features are included such as edging materials, soil, mulching, etc.

Edging material

The material used to edge a flower bed greatly impacts cost because different materials have different price tags. Depending on the material you select, the price of landscape edging (aka curbing) might range from $5 to $10 per linear foot.

Metal

Among the most long-lasting options, metal edging may be placed for $5 per linear foot in flower beds. When subjected to sufficient pressure, metal may be bent, but it will not shatter or break.

Concrete

You should expect to spend $5 per linear foot if you use concrete to edge your flower bed, which is a great option for withstanding severe weather. Your costs could be higher or lower than the average depending on the thickness of the concrete. 

Cinder block

The cost to have cinder block edging around your flower bed is around $8 per linear foot. Cement cinder blocks are weatherproof and maintain their sturdiness. The drawback is that they don’t work well on curves.

Wood

Wooden flower bed borders typically cost around $9 per linear foot. Different colors and wood textures are available to let you express your own taste. Regular maintenance of the wood is required to prevent the wood from being damaged by the elements over the years.

Rock

Rock edging has a nice natural look, and it costs about $10 per installed linear foot. Costs can vary widely depending on the type of rocks you use. While rocks are durable, they often shift, so they can be a pain to maintain as a border.

Soil

Without healthy soil to raise the new plants, your flower bed will be useless. The cost of topsoil for your new flower bed ranges from $10 to $50 per cubic yard or $2 to $5 per bag of soil, depending on the type of topsoil you purchase.

Trellis

Installing a stunning trellis that enables flowers and vines to grow upward in your garden can cost anywhere from $60 to $350 per square foot.

Mulching

Mulch improves soil moisture, adds texture to flower beds, improves plant health, and reduces erosion. The typical cost of mulch for households is from $45 to $130 per cubic yard or $3 to $7 per bag. You may expect to pay an average of $85 per cubic yard if you want that mulch professionally installed.

Preparing an area for a flower bed

If your yard is already overcrowded with plants, grass, or weeds, you may have to clear an area to make room for your colorful new addition. Average costs to prepare an area are as follows:

Grass removal cost$0.95 – $2.65 sq ft
Hedge removal cost$50 to $75 per hour
Concrete removal cost    $585 – $2,790
Leaf removal cost$155 – $460
Tree removal cost$385 – $1,070
Weed removal cost$65 – $170

Labor costs

Constructing new flower beds takes considerable time. The size, form, and kinds of flowers and plants you want to grow need careful planning. For this purpose, a professional landscaper may charge around $90 per hour for installing a flower bed. 

Types of flowers

The most fun part of installing a flower bed is probably shopping for flowers! The types of flowers you choose can have a huge impact on the overall cost of the project. We recommend choosing native flowers for your area, which will be widely available and low-maintenance. 

See the table below for typical prices of some of the most popular flowers included in home gardens.

Flower TypeAverage Cost
Lobelia$6
Marigold$3
Daffodil$11
Lavender$9
Sunflower$9
Rose$20
Lily$45
Touch-me-not$11

Related services

Your garden will become a lovely sight for the eyes and a tasty pollinator magnet if you decorate it with vibrant, swaying flowers. The following gardening projects can also improve your outdoor space:

Outdoor lighting

With strategically arranged outdoor lighting, you can showcase your new flower bed.  At night, outdoor lighting makes it easier to cultivate in flower beds and even makes it safer to stroll through the garden. For labor and materials, landscape lighting typically costs between $100 and $250 per light for homeowners.

Landscape curbing

Curbing serves to draw attention to and emphasize landscape features that could otherwise blend in and go unnoticed. Curbing will make your flower bed stand out from the surrounding bushes, trees, and flowers. The total cost for landscape curbing typically ranges from $710 to $2,200.

Fencing

The cost to install a fence surrounding your flower bed would be $12 to $35 per linear foot on average. A fence can enhance the visual appeal of your garden and protect your plants from critters such as moles and gophers. To keep out burrowing animals, a fence must extend underground. 

Landscaping

Your yard can become an attractive and vivid mood enhancer with some good landscaping ideas. Additionally, good landscaping expands your living area, boosts curb appeal, and raises home value.

The normal cost of landscaping ranges from $4.50 to $17 per square foot, with an average project cost of $3,300 to $13,200. Depending on the size and type of landscape, total cost can vary greatly. 

For help designing your landscape, you can also hire a landscape architect or designer. Landscape architects cost about $60 to $175 per hour to hire, while landscape designers cost $50 to $150 per hour on average. 

Raised garden beds

Raised garden beds bring vegetation up to a more manageable height, making it less difficult to maintain your flowers. In most cases, you should expect to pay between $105 and $210 for a raised bed garden kit, with an average price of $145.  

Remodeling flower beds 

Remodeling an existing flower bed is cheaper than installing a new one because the space has been cleared and prepared already. If you hire someone to remodel your flower bed, they’ll do things like pull weeds, aerate the soil, replace old plants, add new mulch, or even replace or repair the edging.

Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost

Planting a new flower bed is one of the most fun and rewarding DIY projects you can do to improve your landscape. If you’re up for the job, learn how to prepare a new flower bed and grab the following tools to get started. 

EquipmentTypical Cost
Utility knife$12
Work gloves$18
Garden shovel$20
Trowel$10
Pruning shears$15
Soil testing kit$18
Spading fork$34
Spade$12
Rake$25
Garden Hose$38
Landscape fabric$0.45 – $0.80 / sq ft
Flowers$3 – $45 (depending on species)
Mulch$3 – $7 per bag

Hiring a professional landscaper to install a 5 x 12-foot flower bed will run you, on average, $2,500 in labor and material costs. The tools and materials needed to create a flower bed on your own can cost you at most $200. With all the money you could save, installing your own flower bed is definitely worth a shot. And who knows, you might discover a green thumb in the family!

Cost of installing a flower bed by location

Prices can fluctuate depending on where you live because both labor costs and material costs are based on supply and demand. This pricing guide’s average costs do not reflect prices in your local market; rather, they are based on national average prices. For estimates more accurate to your own area, contact a landscaper near you.

FAQs

Why do landscapers put liners in flower beds?

Most landscapers use a cotton liner to keep moisture in the soil. Costs for bed liners range from $0.45 to $0.80 per square foot.

To what depth does a flower bed need to be dug?

The majority of plants need around 25 centimeters of topsoil. Underneath that, you should use sharp sand. This sand retains moisture in the plant roots for effective nourishment and growth.

Does a flower bed require annual mulching?

Annual application of mulch prevents flower beds from drying out, so it is highly recommended. Professional mulching service often ranges in price from $45 to $130 per cubic yard of mulch, including materials and labor.

Can you use a stock tank for a flower bed? 

Stock tanks are fantastic edging materials that can be purchased for $3 to $5 per square foot and utilized as borders for flower beds.

Final thoughts

Installing flower beds can be a fun DIY project, but it still takes lots of time and effort. A professional landscaper may be the best way to go if you don’t enjoy getting your hands dirty.

The average cost of hiring a professional landscaper to install a flower bed is $2,500, with project costs typically falling between $1,000 and $3,000

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Taha Javed

Taha Javed is a blog writer with a green thumb, sharing her expertise in lawn care and maintenance. With a knack for nurturing nature, she blends her love for writing with a passion for vibrant lawns, offering readers expert advice to transform their outdoor spaces into green havens.