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10 Raised Flower Bed Ideas

Raised flower beds are a great option, no matter what your outdoor space looks like. Raised bed gardening is not only an easy way to add color to your landscaping, but it can be a fun way to try out new plants. Here are 10 eye-catching raised flower bed ideas to consider.

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Don’t Be Square

Raised bed gardening boxes don’t have to be square. When it comes to raised flower bed ideas, try working with the space you have. These round, tiered flower beds allows you to work with whatever space you have and give you the opportunity to try a layered look.

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Incorporate a Bench

Consider incorporating a bench for seating. This flower bed design is tucked in a corner, along a wall with a bench that invites onlookers to take a seat and enjoy the greenery.

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Sunburst Flower Bed

Looking for a unique, eye-catching shape for your flower bed without the work of building one? This raised garden bed kit offers endless design options, just add on or reconfigure your garden bed at any time. It’s made from recycled plastic and natural fibers, so there are no toxic chemicals. “This planter surpassed my expectations in terms of quality and ease of assembly. About an hour of assembly time and it’s ready for planting! I love it,” said one buyer of these raised flower bed kits. The slightly elevated sides make weed prevention a snap. It’s no wonder a simple raised garden bed is one of the top trending DIY projects of 2022.

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Use Rock

This rough-cut, stone flower bed works perfectly with any landscape. Try building this type of flower bed next to a patio to create a sophisticated-looking garden that can be enjoyed while relaxing in your outdoor space.

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Keep it Narrow

This urban rooftop flower bed runs along a railing and is narrow, leaving plenty of space for entertaining. A narrow flower bed still allows you plenty of space to grow flowers without taking up too much space—a win-win when it comes to raised flower garden ideas! Arrange the planters vertically for an eye-catching flower tower.

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Use Shrubs

Shrubs can be used in raised flower beds, as they give it more texture and can be used as shelter for small birds, lizards and other animals that feast on some insects that may damage your plants. Plant a low-growing shrub in your raised flower bed and plant your flowers around it.

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Mix it Up

There’s no rule that says you can’t grow vegetables with your flowers. These raised flower beds feature both flowers and early spring vegetables.

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Be Thoughtful About Sunlight

If you’re getting ready to build raised flower beds, be conscious about where you place them. Some flowers will need full sun while others prefer shade. These boxes are out in the open, which will help sun-loving plants thrive.

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Make the Most of a Small Space

If you’re limited on space, a raised flower bed can be used to your advantage. These raised beds are on an urban garden patio, and incorporate both flowers and vegetables. A raised flower bed can be as large or as small as you want, allowing you to make the most of your space.

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Brick and Mortar

This style of raised flower bed is made from brick or stone pavers secured with mortar. Simple and very attractive.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.