Raised beds are practical, useful and very attractive additions to any garden. They have many advantages and it is no wonder why they can be very popular. Gone are the days of the straight forward linear design made of stone; raised beds have transformed over the years in design, construction and use and with some creative planning, raised beds can make a significant difference to the style and maintenance needs of your garden.
- Wide range of planting: Raised beds can be used for growing a very wide range of plants, shrubs, trees and even fruit and vegetables.
- Control and maintenance: They are ideal for controlling planting in small spaces and make gardening and tending plants for all gardeners a little less strenuous and easier. They can be used to restrict and control plant growth which might be more difficult in open ground.
- Versatility: Raised beds also allow the gardener to create a range of different soil conditions to suit specific plant requirements, in wet sites, free draining or acidic soil conditions can be created in the raised bed.
- Choice and usage: Raised beds can be added to hard surface areas to provide valuable planting space, can be constructed in a range of sizes, shapes and with various materials and can also be capped to provide useful and informal seating space.
- Design: Raised beds not only help to determine the soil conditions allowing planting to thrive but also very good opportunities to add additional levels and increase the visual characteristics of the garden. They have the ability to enhance any garden area, adding a distinctive permanence to the area especially when constructed in beautiful natural stone.
Where to start?
The majority of gardens have raised beds for practical purposes, but which would work best for you?
If you are planning a raised bed(s) for your garden look beyond the immediate requirement of sizing for particular plants and think about other useful attributes such as additional seating, how you could reduce your overall garden maintenance requirements and how to create a develop a more inspirational layout other than the linear design typically associate with raised beds – after all who says that raised beds must be straight? Not only that but also think about the various material options available, each with its own ability to make an impression by introducing a new form and texture.
It is important to choose a style and construction method that suits you; remember that a raised bed(s) can, with some creative planning make a significant difference to the style and maintenance needs of your garden.