Raised flower beds can have advantages over garden beds on the flat ground. If you have a problem with gophers, you can cover the bottom of a wood frame raised bed with wire to keep them away. You can control the moisture in a raised bed and also easily add soil amendments that your flowers need to thrive. You can even build a raised flower bed on top of old lawn or a rocky area. You can purchase a raised bed kit or build your own by piling soil and organic materials on the ground.
Purchase a Raised Bed Kit
Purchase a raised bed kit made of cedar, redwood or recycled plastic, and assemble it according to the instructions if you want an attractive frame for your flower bed.
Position your purchased flower bed where you want it.
Fill your purchased flower bed with potting soil or a combination of topsoil, peat moss, wood ash, fallen leaves, grass clippings and other organic materials and plant parts. Then rake the top level.
Build Your Own Raised Bed
Mow or weed the area where you want your bed to reside. Beds that are 3 or 4 feet wide by 8 to 12 feet long work well because you can reach into the center of the bed without stepping on the soil.
Spread flattened cardboard boxes over the area.
Stack layers of topsoil, peat moss, wood ash, fallen leaves, grass clippings and other organic materials and plant parts in the area. Surround your bed with rocks or other materials if you wish. Then rake the top level.
Locating and Planting Your Raised Flower Bed
Build your raised flower bed against a fence or outbuilding to hide unattractive areas. You can also position your raised bed in the center of a lawn area to add interest and color.
Plant flowering plants that will grow tall along the back border of your raised flower bed and locate smaller plants along the front row of your bed to accentuate both types to their best advantage.
Choose flowering plants that have complimentary colors, such as yellow, orange and red or blue, violet and yellow.
About this Author
Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.