How to Build a Raised Garden With Garden Stones


Making a raised bed with natural garden stones creates an oasis of lush vegetation and vibrant color. Whether used for vegetable beds or flower gardens, these distinctive beds add character and charm to your home and allow you to grow plants in areas where the soil is not suitable for growing. Designing the bed to meet your individual needs requires some effort, but using natural stones from your area eliminates purchasing supplies and ultimately appears to be part of the landscape.

Step 1

Select a sunny location for your raised bed. The vast majority of vegetables and flowers prefer full sun for 6 to 8 hours a day. If your landscape does not provide full sun, many flowers will grow in partial or full shade.

Step 2

Lay out the border of your garden with rope or a garden hose. Irregular shapes are fine, but do keep in mind that gentle curves create a natural flow. Sharp turns or angular corners appear man-made. Stand back and view your design from a distance. Adjust the design until you create the look you desire.

Step 3

Place garden stones around the perimeter of the bed. Use the largest rocks on this level. Those with a flat bottom work best to create a solid foundation for your raised bed.

Step 4

Fill in the area with loam or topsoil until the soil reaches the top of the rocks. Add another layer of rocks slightly behind the first row and settle them into the soil. Continue filling the bed until soil reaches the top of the second layer of rocks.

Step 5

Fill in around the edges of the stones with loam and tuck tiny plants into soil-filled crevices. Plant seedlings in the bed following the spacing requirements of each type of plant.

Step 6

Water thoroughly and keep the soil moist until seedlings show signs of new growth. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Deep watering once a week is preferable to frequent surface watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden tools
  • Top soil/loam
  • Garden rocks
  • Seedlings


  • Country Living and Farm Lifestyles
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension

Who Can Help

  • Planting Guide
Keywords: raised bed, garden stones, rocks

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.