By Paul Hervey-Brookes, March 17

A raised flower bed with a difference

Planted up with a variety of grasses and flowers the raised bed can be used on your patio to give separation from the main area of the garden. Positioned outside of the kitchen door it can be filled with herbs and quick salad crops which are expensive to buy in the shops.

Raised beds allow the elderly and disabled access to grow flowers and vegetables that they would otherwise be unable to do, remember that a raised bed for this purpose must be 500-600mm in height to reduce bending. They should be solidly built so something and the best option would be stonewalling over wood in this instance.

With children it is a space that is their own, for them to experiment with growing plants from seed and to be able to see the changes as they grow from week to week and know that this is their own space.  

Raised flower beds can be made from various types of materials, from wood to stone. An attractive, easy raised bed is the Bradstone Stonewood planter that is made up of end and sleeper units. Each planter slots together without the need for screws, cement or glue and an be placed virtually anywhere. Stunningly realistic but much easier to maintain than wood, they can be planted ornamentally with fruit bushes or vegetables making even a concrete courtyard a potential oasis of colour and wildlife.


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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