Your garden is where you spend time in the summer, work in throughout the year, and usually grow a plant or two but how much time do you put into designing it? Whether you’re an active gardener with beds of vegetables, or just like to keep a few flowers in the spring and summer, you can make the most of your space by designing beds that fit into and enhance your garden. Try starting out by looking at your garden, deciding the styles that you like before choosing your own. Here are five unique ideas that you can utilise for your space.
If you’re short on space then you may want to consider using corner beds. These beds fit into the corners of your garden and give you a surprising amount of gardening space without taking away too much of your room for sitting, working, or doing things in the garden. Depending on your personal preference, corner beds can be square or triangular, although the latter take up less space.
Raised garden beds are hot in the world of landscaping because they are one of the best ways to grow anything, and they look good. Raised beds can be made of almost anything but stonework and wood are the most common choices. Choose one based on your budget and personal preference, select an area of your garden to convert into a raised bed (the centre is popular), and then build the bed as large or small as you like. The benefits of raised beds are that they can become the centrepiece of your garden, the rest of the space is still usable, and you can work in the garden from a seated position. If you want, you can also have a mason or carpenter construct the beds so that the edges can be used as a bench.
You can easily create a rustic, chic garden look by purchasing old logs and using them to line your garden beds. Logs come in a range of different sizes so you can choose a slimmer log for smaller beds, or very large logs for bigger beds. While you do have to cut and notch the edges to create a bed that fits together, log beds are affordable and visually appealing in most gardens.
If you aren’t the gardening type then you might want to consider gravel beds. Gravel allows you to add a nice contrast to any area. Most people use gravel to fill areas around the house or to fill space next to paths to prevent weeds and plants from growing. In either case, try using a low border to outline the gravel and then go with a white or grey stone.
While stonework is an investment, it is low maintenance, easy to clean, and luxurious. Adding stonework beds to your garden creates a look of timeless design which, when done right, adds value to your home, and will look beautiful for years to come. Consider grey stone for a classic look and white stone or manufactured stone for a more modern look.
Catherine Drew is a professional stone-worker who spends most of her time building things. At home, she turns her passion to plants and loves creating her own garden textiles such as garden benchs and sun loungers. She currently writes for a number of blogs including Alfresia Cushions.