How To Landscape Around A Flagpole


Flagpoles allow you to display your patriotism for a country, but most homeowners leave them to stand alone. While flags become the main focal point, they are constructed from bare metal or fiberglass, and the commonly stand over twenty-five feet. 

Landscaping around the pole helps to soften the pole height and blandness, and add interest to the landscape. Follow these suggestions to landscape around the flagpole.

Prepare to Landscape Around the Pole

To complete the flagpole landscaping, gather:

  • work gloves
  • shovel or garden tiller 
  • rake
  • gravel
  • topsoil
  • solar light chain (optional)
  • dark mulch
  • small stepping stones
  • small shrubs or perennial shrubs (optional) 
  • annual flowers

Clear leaves, rocks and other debris, then mow the grass around the flagpole. To fix uneven ground, level it with a shovel or garden tiller. If you have clay soil, spread a two-to-three-inch layer of compost on the ground.

Landscape Flagpoles with Plants

For a less formal flagpole, plant a round flower bed of perennial flowers, such as pansies, begonias, impatiens, one-third of the pole height that runs snug along the pole base. Consider colors that take attention away from the pole. 

Dig the hole the same diameter as the plant's root ball around the pole, leaving enough room to raise and lower the flag.Spread dark mulch to contrast the bright plants, and insert stepping stones for a path to the flag. Dig a semi-circle behind the pole for sloped yards. 

To complete the less formal design, plant perennial shrubs or ornamental grass, then add landscape edging. Add soil, and moisten the plants

Alternately, install a fence with iron posts and chains to add reverence. If the yard is sloped, add a retaining wall . Retaining walls can still add a dramatic effect on the flat ground giving the illusion the flag sits on a pedestal.

For more formal landscapes, plant medium evergreen shrubs, leaving a three-to-five feet space around the pole. To finish the formal design, plant small shrubs, such as New England tea tree, azalea, white gem gardenia, spaced further apart midway between the flowerbed border and inner edge of the ring. Plant a seasonal flower around the flower bed border, and add a light to the landscape to illuminate the flag, if desired.

Landscape with Rocks

If you don't prefer plants, install a layer of bright-colored rocks around the pole three-feet from the base. Leave a space two-feet wide between rocks for a footpath. 

Install the second circle of rocks eight to ten feet from the pole base, then spread two inches of gravel on the inside of the small rock circle and the footpath. 

To learn more, contact a residential landscaping company. 


2 February 2018

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