Raised beds are a popular choice for gardeners looking to improve their outdoor spaces. They make it easy to garden in practically any circumstance. Forget the trouble of heavy or compacted soil. This guide will serve to help beginners know everything they need regarding raised beds. 

What are Raised Beds?

A raised bed is soil contained within a structure that is lifted above ground level. You can use a wooden box, stone sides and even scaffold boards. These allow planting on top of an existing soil level. 

You may plant these on top of a current garden border or paving terrace. Raised beds allow you to choose the height of your gardening area. Thus, you can save yourself a lot of back pain when gardening. It also means you can avoid having to carry out hard landscaping. For instance, with raised beds, you don’t need to excavate huge amounts of soil and debris. 

Main Benefits

There is a range of benefits to having a raised bed in your garden. This can include: 

  • Greater ease of access
  • Less soil compaction
  • Less erosion of soil and spill
  • Better temperature control during spring and less likely to be in frost-pockets
  • Easier to maintain than a traditional bed

What Can You Grow in Raised Beds?

What’s great about raised beds is that you can grow practically anything in them depending on their size. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 


Nearly any vegetable can be grown in a raised bed, making them very popular in allotments. 

Soft Fruits 

Fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and currents can all be grown easily within a raised bed. 

Herbaceous Perennials

Especially for cut flower gardens, herbaceous perennials can be easily grown within your raised beds. 

Ericaceous or Lime-hating Plants

Filling beds with acidic soil or top dressing with pine needles lime-hating plants such as blueberries, heathers or rhododendrons can be grown in alkaline areas and chalky soil. 


As providers of landscape design services, we believe that raised beds offer a simple, beginner-friendly way to start gardening. There is a range of benefits to using this method. This includes greater ease of access as well as better temperature control during spring and easy maintenance. 

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