It’s well known that raised beds are one of the most efficient and effective ways to garden. They ensure a bountiful harvest by encouraging aeration and drainage, extending the growing seasons and minimizing damage by weeds and pests.
But raised beds aren’t just functional – they can also be an attractive and unique focal point for the garden!
Here are 12 of the best raised bed ideas around:
1. STAR CENTRE RAISED GARDEN
Serious gardeners will covet this design, which dedicates an entire area of the garden to raised vegetable beds. The outer boxes use space well, and encourage vertical growth, while the inner star shape houses a dwarf lemon tree and cascading strawberry plants. Of course, there is ample space to comfortably access the beds from all sides.
2. BUTTERFLY SHAPED BED
For a truly stunning raised bed, recreate this butterfly-shaped one. With various sections, and utilizing differing levels, it may be difficult to construct but the results will be worth it.
3. SPIRAL RAISED HERB BED
The winding shape of this neat little planter is perfect for showing off your herb garden. Its dual height means it also works well with a mixture of training and upright plant specimens.
4. GATED RAISED BED AND TRELLIS
Keep your vegetables nice and tidy, and safe from your pets, with this enclosed raised bed. The backing trellis maximizes growing space and provides support for crops like beans and peas.
5. RAISED BED WITH BENCHES
Adding a bench or two onto the side of your raised beds is an ingenious solution for older gardeners or those with back or knee issues. Simply sit down to plant, weed, harvest and admire your handy work! Best of all, this project should only take a half day to complete.
6. CINDER BLOCK BEDS
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to construct a raised garden is by using cinder blocks to create the border. Paint them to match you color scheme or leave them au natural. The holes in each block are also ideal for planting herbs and spices!
7. MILK CRATE GARDEN
Similar to the wine box planters, these milk crate raised beds are flexible and fun. It’s also incredibly easy to lay your hands on empty crates, so there’s no excuse not to start raised bed gardening today!
8. PALLET RAISED BEDS
Keep your garden neat and tidy with minimal effort by laying pallets flat on the ground and planting between the beams. For a larger garden bounty, you can stack the pallets to create a vertically growing garden.
9. TIERED RAISED BED
An unusual and attractive tiered bed which will add texture and depth to your garden. Plant a combination of trailing vines and upright plants for best effect.
10. RAISED BED WITH COLD FRAME
By adding hoops to your raised beds, you’ll be cutting down on winter work while extending the growing season. When the weather starts to turn, just drape plastic over the hoops – adding a few extra growing weeks in both spring and autumn.
11. RAISED BED WITH RAINWATER COLLECTOR AND DINING TABLE
Although it may seem like a mammoth undertaking, constructing this raised bed would make for an incredible garden highlight and topic of conversation. It also provides an area for magical outdoor dining and an eco-friendly slant thanks to its water conservation system.
12. KEYHOLE GARDEN RAISED BED WITH INBUILT COMPOSTER
So called because the inbuilt composting basket at the center gives the garden a keyhole shape when viewed from above, this raised bed uses several layers plus compost to retain moisture and nourish the soil, making it more productive than a conventional garden.