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Show Garden Features Tiered Raised Beds DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The perfect solution for a plant-lover with a tiny plot, this dramatic show garden features tiered raised beds that are bursting with color to make the most of a small patio.

Materials Needed:

  • Rudbeckia hirta, prairie sun
  • Fatsia japonica
  • Euonymus fortunei, emerald gaiety
  • Euphorbia characias, silver swan
  • Agapathus, white form
  • Carex oshimensis, evergold
  • Coreopsis verticillata, moonbe

Fill the Beds

Unless you have experience in this type of work, a professional should build these beds, made from medium-density blocks, because they must be safe and drain freely. Once built, line them with 4 in (10 cm) of gravel and fill with soil.

Plant Up

Set out the plants in their pots to check that you are happy with the display. They have been packed tightly here to give an instant effect, but in reality, they will need more space to grow.


Plant them up at the same depth as they were in their original pots, adding some granular fertilizer to the planting holes as you go. Water well,and feed the beds annually in spring. The shrubs here are evergreens, but the flowers will die down in winter.

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