How to Build a Raised Border in your Mini-Garden


A good way of creating different levels in a small flat garden is to have raised borders. The only ways in which these differ from raised beds or planters is that they are obviously longer (for instance, it may be desired to run the border the length of the plot) and generally they are not so high-a height of 30 cm (12 in) may well be sufficient to create the desired effect. Indeed, if any higher there is a danger the height will not be in proportion to the length. Do not make the borders too narrow – a width of at least 90 cm (3 ft) is recommended.

Raised Border

Construction and filling is the same as for beds and planters, and generally it is not necessary to have a layer of drainage material in the base. But if the garden soil is very poorly drained it should be improved by digging deeply and adding plenty of coarse grit or shingle, before starting to build.

Raised Border  Mini Garden

To avoid repetition, suffice it to say that planting ideas for borders are the same as for beds. Of course, there is a much wider range of plants that could be used: there is no reason why climbers should not be planted and trained up the back wall or fence. Shrubs, provided they are not too large, would be suitable, so long as they are happy with the normal garden soil, for remember that due to the shallow depth of the border they will root down into the soil below. Hardy perennials, bulbs, alpines, bedding plants and hardy annuals are all suitable for raised borders.

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