Have you ever considered growing plants in raised garden beds? These can be great additions to any garden, for a number of different reasons. First of all, by growing plants in raised garden beds, you avoid contact with soil that may be unsuitable for gardening. You can use any type of soil you want since you basically create a tiny garden from scratch. Second of all, you’ll have easier access to your plants which is extremely convenient. If we’ve convinced you to give this type of gardening a shot, here are 6 raised garden bed designs to keep in mind.
6 Raised Garden Bed Designs for a Beautiful Garden
1. Wooden Boxes
One of the simplest elevated garden bed plans we’ve prepared for you today, this one takes little time and effort to complete. All you need to do is build some wooden boxes and place them wherever you see fit in your garden. The great thing about this design is that you can personalize it as you wish. You can make the boxes big or small, depending on what you’re thinking of planting in them. You could also choose to leave the wood as it is, or paint over it if you’re interested in a more colorful garden.
In terms of the type of wood you should use, we recommend redwood, since it’s entirely free of toxins. This is especially true if you want to grow vegetables and make sure they’re edible. If you’re building the boxes for growing flowers, you can also use other types of wood. Other than that, feel free to make this design unique. Adapt it to your preferences and the landscape in your garden or backyard.
2. Tiered Garden Bed
If you don’t have that much space in your garden and are looking for raised garden bed designs that can help you grow as many plants as possible, then you’re going to love this idea. How about creating a raised garden bed that looks just like a tiered wedding cake? In the image below, the garden bed only has two tiers, but you can make yours even taller if you wish. If you’re worried this is going to be too difficult of a project for you to accomplish, you should put your worries aside.
All you have to do to build it is take some pieces of sheet iron and bend them until you get a relatively perfect circle. Don’t worry if the circle isn’t perfect. This is quite hard to achieve given the material and the circumstances. Then, secure the sheet into the ground, mark off the place where you want to place the second sheet, fill the first tier with soil, add the next sheet, and so on. The length of the process depends on how many tiers you want the garden bed to have. What we love about this particular design is that you can turn it into a true work of art through the plants you choose to grow here. For instance, if you’re going to plant flowers (which we recommend), you’ll get to play with colors, textures, and patterns, and find options that go well together.
3. Bamboo Towers
If the name of this raised garden bed design sounds exotic, wait until you hear how it’s made. Although we thought of recommending this with one specific type of plant in mind, potatoes, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other plants as well. The reason why potatoes would grow great here is that they wouldn’t sprawl all over the ground and cover large areas of land. They would grow upwards instead.
Now, on to what you need to get in order to actually build this garden bed, the design requires some galvanized metal mesh (just like the one from Origin Point that you can find here), some rebars (such as the one you can purchase here), and bamboo screening (that you can order right here). First, you’re going to take the metal mesh and curve it until you form some cylinders. The height and diameter of the cylinders are completely up to you. Even so, we recommend 4-foot tall and 18-inch diameter ones. Then, after you’ve used the rebars to secure them in place, you’re going to take the bamboo screening and cover the cylinders.
We think the design looks particularly interesting and unique, so you should definitely consider replicating it in your garden. Once the plants grow, you’ll have to keep adding compost and straw around them. Just make sure the top leaves are still exposed. As you can see from the image above, the potato plants look great in their bamboo towers.
4. Stone-Lined Raised Garden Bed
If you really don’t want to spend any time on raised garden bed designs, you should consider this one. It doesn’t involve any actual building, just the stacking of some rocks on top of each other. Out of all the raised garden bed designs we’ve discussed up until now, this isn’t only the simplest to complete, but also the cheapest. That’s because most people can find rocks in their garden or backyard, or around the general area where they live. That being said, once you’ve collected the rocks, simply place them together as you see fit. Form the garden bed in any shape you want.
As you might be able to tell, this raised garden bed won’t be as tall as the others. This means that it won’t help you with comfortability that much. For instance, you’ll still have to bend down to tend to your plants. However, if the reason why you want to use raised garden bed gardening is that your plants need a different type of soil than what you have in your garden, this design can 100 percent help you with that. Also, if you’re someone who’s into rustic landscapes, you’re probably going to love the way this garden bed looks in your garden.
5. Landscaping Timber Garden Bed
Landscaping timber can be used for a lot of things in the garden and backyard. One of these things is building raised garden bed designs. The design we wanted to mention today is quite easy to accomplish, yet it’s still effective and attractive. What you should know is that landscaping timber is really inexpensive. So you won’t be spending a lot of money on this project. Plus, it’s really easy to work with, which also means you’ll build your raised garden bed in no time.
All you have to do to complete this design is stack the landscaping timber pieces on top of each other. Then, make sure the construction is secure. Even if in the picture above, there are only three stacks of timber forming the garden bed, you can add more if you want to be able to reach your plants more easily. What we like most about this design is how clean it looks. Landscaping timber provides any garden with a neat and elegant look, which we think is quite noticeable.
6. Sitting Area Raised Garden Bed
Do you lack space in your garden? Would you like to be able to find some raised garden bed designs that double as sitting areas? Then this is definitely the right choice for you. There are so many things we love about this design, that it’s difficult to decide which one to start with. Let’s first consider the beauty of the wood and how well it looks on a sunny day. Then, it’s also worth noting that this raised garden bed is quite tall. This means less effort for you when you’re tending to the plants. Finally, the thing that truly makes this garden bed unique, the benches.
Integrating benches in a garden bed design doesn’t only provide you with a place where you can store your tools when you’re working in the garden. It also offers you a resting area where you can take a gardening break whenever you feel like you need one. In fact, the benches can serve as a permanent sitting area, especially if you need some extra seats in your garden. Depending on what you plant in the garden bed, you have the option of sitting down surrounded by colorful and fragrant flowers. It’s true, this project is a bit more complicated than others. You need to be at least a little bit crafty and accept that you’re going to have to sacrifice some time, energy, and money for this raised garden bed. Still, we think the end result is worth it, and we hope you agree.
Summing It All Up
Raised garden beds are great additions to any garden, no matter its size. That’s because you can build them as large or small as you wish, as tall or short as you need, and can use them to grow a wide variety of plants. If you’ve ever grown something in a raised garden bed, then you know how practical it is. It helps you take care of your plants easier, provide them with a different growing medium, and change the landscape of your garden. The fact that they’re practical doesn’t mean that they can’t be beautiful as well. We hope today’s 6 raised garden bed designs have managed to prove that, and also provide you with the inspiration you needed to create your own.