Raised Beds for Flowers

Raised Beds for Flowers

Today lets look at raised flower beds and the advantages of how they make our backgarden standout from the ordinary. Like the vegetables in raised garden beds, flowers will also thrive in their new found elevated surroundings for similar reasons. The soil is not compacted as it is fertile from the composted mix and the moisture and drainage problems are literally non existent. It is a good idea to have at least a depth of 8-10 inches, regardless of the size of the framed garden bed as this will ensure that the soil does not dry out too quickly and this will help with moisture retention. Some people like to have the frame of their raised flower beds looking a tadd more attractive than those beds that are used for their vegetables, the idea being that flowers are to enhance the appearance of our back or front garden.

 

 

 

Sizes shapes and designs;

 

What size of a raised flower bed we want, will depend entirely on the space we have in our back or front garden. The sizes, designs and shapes can be of any dimension, let us use our creativity and imagination to decide what would look best. Work with your sorroundings and if we want to be creative, integrate the bed into some aspect of our existing garden. Remember that all of these raised bed frames are available for purchase online in flat-pack and come with set instructions and these bed frames are available in any shape, colour or size. A great idea is to have a few raised garden beds, say of 4ft x 4ft in size, and strategically placed in each corner of our lawn. This will break-up the monotonous dull appearance of our grass lawn, thus adding character, style, grace, excitement and becoming an appealing standout feature of same.

 

 

Planting soil type;

 

When we are deciding on what soil type to use for the raised flower beds, the decision is not that difficult. Unlike what we need for vegetables, the soil mix required for flowers is pretty standard and not overly important. Depending on how particular we are as gardeners – some people use a substance called vermiculite, this lightens the soil texture and provides aeration which will give excellent growing conditions for flowers. Peat moss is also added to the mixture which will add to the richness of the bed soil. We need to take special care when planting flowers or shrubs that don’t like lime in the soil.  Advice on this can be had from any good garden centre, It is a good idea to check if we have a problem with acidity in our soil and this can be done with the help of a soil testing kit.

 

Irrigation and maintenance;

 

When all of the planting is complete, the next important issue to consider is watering and maintenance. These tasks are critical to having a long lasting, flourishing, thriving flower display throughout the busy summer growing period. In the initial stages of growth it is paramount that we don’t overlook these vital tasks. After the flowers have become established, a good idea is to add a liquid feed to all the raised flower beds. These liquid feeds contain all the nutrients and trace elements that are required to sustain  lasting growth and sturdy hardy plants.  This important step will ensure good sturdy growth and will provide a myriad of colour that hopefully  we will  be very proud of. In the summertime it is very pleasurable to sit and admire, especially when the garden is in full bloom. We can use some of our  produce as cut flowers for indoor decoration and home enhancement. Not only will it become attractive for ourselves, but hopefully these raised flower beds will also become an attractive magnet for all types of honey-bees, insects and colourful butterflies of all descriptions.

 

Happy gardening to all,

Cheers……….Phil Browne

 

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden

is beautiful without having to believe

 that there are fairies

at the bottom of it too? 

— Douglas Adams “

 


 

 

6 thoughts on “Raised Beds for Flowers

  1. Awesome post! Raised beds are very beautiful. In fact I would actually love to start building some in my front yard. What kinds of plants would you recommend that would brighten up my front yard and make it more lively. I really want it to be colorful with all different kinds of flowers. What do you think?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for stopping by and giving site comments. I’m glad that you are inspired and motivated to start building your own raised beds. I would start with the simple summer bedding plants like; Violas, Pansies, Bizzy Lizzies, Petunias, Marigolds, and Begonias etc etc… In the fall I would plant some bulbs that will flower in the springtime…Bulbs like Daffodils, Crocus, Tulips etc etc.

      Hope that helps

      Cheers………..Phil Browne

  2. Hi there. I really like raised beds as it keeps everything contained and it looks astetically pleasing as well, it’s also great for my knees 🙂 You mentioned or cautioned against using grass clippings as grass is very nitrogenous. I have used it in the past but only if I had at least 70% of its volume in carbon materials such as dried leaves, dried wood shavings, even ripped up brown carboard boxes and used newspaper – then aswell added used manure and so on. However, it would still pay to keep an eye on things – love the information you have here.

    1. Hi there Rina

      Thanks for website feedback, much appreciated. I agree 100% with what you are saying, yes its important not to use grass cuttings neat as they would be counter-productive. But as you are using some other materials mixed with the grass cuttings, then that is ok. If you had a composting heap where you could mix the grass cuttings with leaf mulch and other materials would be a good idea as well.

      Thanks again for stopping by

      Cheers and best wishes…….Phil Browne

  3. HI Philip,

    Great article, we have used raised garden beds for our veggie patches. We find access in and around ideal, and the raised beds actually have deterred our puppy from being digging up the Veggies.

    If you cannot get a hold of old scaffold planks would you also suggest treated timber to prevent swelling and rotting etc? and also weather resistant fixings?

    1. Hi there CorrieB

      Thanks for website feedback. I’m glad that you like the idea of raised beds and have found same to be useful to you up to now. I agree with you that treated timber would be best for constructing raised bed frames and also weather-resistant nails or screws as fixings. That should last for years and should serve you well for all your growing needs.

      Cheers again

      Best wishes..Philip Browne

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