Ideas for Garden Beds

Gardening beds are far more than a space to hold your flowers, veggies and other plants. The size, shape, height and border of a garden bed affects the look and layout of your garden, giving it character. Landscape your garden beds to harmonize with the rest of your landscape and finding the right spaces for your plants will be easy.

Circular Flower Lawn Bed

Trees are common landscape features for front lawns. Usually, at least one or two specimen trees or large shade trees are planted at a distance from the house to add character to an otherwise unbroken front lawn. Use a small garden bed instead for an unusual feature. Dig out a small circle in the middle of your lawn and line it with bricks to prevent accidental lawnmower and string trimmer intrusions. Plant it with colorful flowers such as calla lilies, birds of paradise or roses. If you prefer, raise the bed 6 inches or so off the ground to give it a more imposing look. This design looks especially good in a small front lawn, where the flowers will have a comparatively bigger scale.

Layered Garden

Add a layered look to your garden by using a variety of garden beds and containers. Plant an in-ground garden bed with a raised bed directly behind it. Behind that, place two or more planters in ascending order to create a continuous upward slope. Grow vines on walls or arbors behind the bed and hang planters above it. Plant the ground-based planters with plants of the same height or with taller plants behind so that the layered beds form a cascade of growing things. Plant hanging vines such as purple passion vine in the hanging planters so that they drape towards the plants below, creating a dense cluster of plant growth.

Backpain Gardening

Gardening can be hard on the knees and back, particularly for older folks. Use raised garden beds to help ease the strain and keep you gardening for many years. Construct raised beds so that they are between waist and belly button height and are about 3 feet wide. Arrange the beds in grids of four with a flat wooden railing around each grid. The railing will give the space an attractive modern look and will help make your gardening easier as well; you can use the railing to hold fertilizer, gardening tools and other supplies so that you do not have to bend down to get them.

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