Raised Bed Gardening
Raised beds are nothing new and have been used for many years for growing fruit and vegetables. It is less common to see flowering plants being grown in raised beds but there is no good reason for this. A raised bed makes a wonderful cutting garden and is also a good way of growing plants requiring a different soil type to the rest of the garden, for example heathers, azaleas and rhododendrons can be grown in a raised bed holding ericaceous compost.
There are many benefits to raised beds including their accessibility for people in wheelchairs or other mobility problems. Improved drainage is another benefit although the possible downside to this is that the soil will dry out more quickly during dry spells and so regular watering will be needed.
So, fruit, veg and flowers can all be successfully grown in raised beds. They can also be used for specialist or themed planting, such as: