13 Raised Bed Garden Designs

Get creative with your raised garden bed. Whether you build your own or buy a kit, you can use them to grow anything from herbs to shrubs and small trees.

Photo By: Courtesy Bonnie Plants

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Photo By: Courtesy of Diane LaSauce, blogging at home, garden, life

Photo By: Courtesy of Diane LaSauce, blogging at home, garden, life

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Photo By: Courtesy of Kane Landscapes, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

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Raised Bed with Benches

Attached benches make it easier to tend your plants, especially if you have bad knees or a painful back, and this raised bed is higher than most. If you have moderate woodworking skills, you can build it in a few hours with plans from Bonnie Plants.

Raised Beds with Steps

When you're installing steps to reach a patio, porch or door, consider incorporating raised beds for shrubs and other plants. In this design, by Kane Landscapes, a fountain adds pleasing sounds to the setting.

Raised Herb Beds

Virginia Master Gardener Diane LaSauce, who writes the popular blog, home, garden, life, grows French tarragon, chives, parsley and other herbs in round, raised beds made of shaped pavers from a home improvement store. She used a sturdy pitchfork to dig 12 inches deep into the center of each rounded bed and amended with new topsoil. Pea gravel, spread over weed-blocking landscape cloth, gave her beds a finished look.

Raised Beds with Cattle Panels

Garden blogger Diane LaSauce also created two raised beds measuring 5'x12' and added cattle panels so vining plants could grow vertically. "Cattle panels are pre-fabricated, galvanized wire panels...(that) can be shaped into a curve easily to adapt to garden use...they should last for years, too. Quick, easy and affordable," she says.LaSauce grows heirloom catnip in a smaller bed ("for all the local kitties and a posh pet shop," she notes.) Other beds hold fennel and dill, host plants for swallowtail butterflies. Her buckets collect rainwater. "During rainy spells, this collection is all the water these beds require." The center path of the beds is lined with clean straw. Her beds were homemade, she adds, "before there were snazzy kits available. They are holding up well at fifteen years."

African Keyhole Garden Bed

Keyhole gardening comes from parts of drought-stricken Africa. This keyhole bed has a tunnel in the center, so you can compost kitchen scraps to help provide moisture and nutrients to your plants. The beds are made from a food-grade, BPA-free polymer extrusion. For every 4 beds sold, Vita Gardens builds one of these high-performance keyhole beds in Rwanda.

Farmstead Raised Garden Bed

Handmade from Vermont white cedar, this Farmstead Raised Garden bed kit is based on a 17th century design. A slot and peg assembly holds the boards more securely than nails or screws. Use the 8-inch high beds separately or stack them for an elevated working surface. Stacking also lets you grow plants with very long roots. 

Retaining Walls as Raised Beds

Raised beds don't have to contain flowers or vegetables. They're also useful for shrubs. The retaining walls used to make raised beds in front of this home help add visual interest and bring the plants into scale. The design, created by Kane Landscapes, also creates a shortcut from the door to the driveway.

Raised Bed with Fence

A 13-1/2" high fence surrounds this 20"-high garden bed, helping deter dogs and rabbits. The front fence panels are hinged, so you can get into the 3'X6' bed to tend or harvest your plants.

Summertime Raised Beds

Raised garden beds can be made from chemical-free wood, stones, rocks or composite or recycled materials. They're usually bottomless squares or rectangles that sit on top of soil that's been cleared of weeds, grass, rocks and sticks. Because you can easily amend the soil in them, they offer good drainage and aeration for plant roots. If you're buying a kit, look for such options as attached trellises or built-in irrigation. You may prefer to build your own raised bed.

Rocklock Raised Bed

Synthetic rocks make attractive, functional raised beds. This Rocklock Raised Bed measures 4' x 4' and uses faux stones that interlock. Real rocks or stones also make great garden beds, but since these are hollow inside, they're lightweight and easy to handle. 

Wraparound Raised Bed

This wraparound raised garden bed has it all: a folding, hinged trellis for climbing plants, 33" high fence panels that deter pests and work as additional trellises, and a gate, so you can get to your plants easily. It's sold as a kit with an optional automatic watering system.

Modular Metal Trough Garden Bed

Some gardeners use galvanized troughs as raised beds. This modular trough is made of long-lasting, coated Zincalume steel. Sold in a kit with 10 panels, the bed can be assembled into one of four shapes. Use one or more beds to fit your available space.  

VegTrug Wallhugger Raised Garden

Ideal for small spaces or gardeners who can't do a lot of bending or stooping, the VegTrug Wallhugger works as a raised garden bed. The V-shape design lets you grow plants with long roots. Use it in front of a fence or trellis for plants that need support, or tuck it into a narrow spot. Available in a kit, the trug is made of sustainable, plantation grown fir.