Now that every inch of the interior of your house is done — it's time to tackle the garden. Prettying up your outdoor space might seem like an afterthought, but it's an important step in making your home feel balanced and complete. Whether you just want a back yard full of attractive blooms or rows or organic vegetables, consider adding a raised bed to bring height and a bit more visual interest to your garden. From DIY wood creations to sleek store-bought versions — we found something for everyone. Here are seven raised flower bed ideas that will make your back yard bloom.
1. Build this DIY raised hexagon planter to add height to your garden
If you're handy with a power saw, or know someone who is, this DIY hexagon planter by Home Depot is easier to assemble than you might think. Use a dark stain on the boards or opt for a coat of white paint to make the planter the focal point of your garden. Fill each section with a different color flower for a bold display you'll never get tired of looking at.
2. Make use of an empty corner with a curved concrete flower bed
Dealing with corners in your yard can be tricky. Take advantage of the empty space and install a concrete flower bed, like this one we spotted on Gardener's World. The planter will make your square garden feel balanced thanks to its curved edge.
3. Even the smallest space can become a garden oasis
Just because you live in a high-rise or don't have much of a backyard doesn't mean you can't surround yourself with greenery. This sleek aluminum planter from Scenario Home ( $435 ) will match the rest of your modern furnishings and has more than enough space to grow fresh herbs or a fun salsa garden complete with tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeño peppers.
4. Plant rows of bamboo to bring privacy and tranquility to your backyard
If privacy is something your backyard is lacking, considering lining your fence with raised planters and growing shoots of bamboo to make your backyard feel like a private retreat. Don't let the height and thin stalks make you nervous — bamboo is a hardy plant that even the unluckiest gardener can make flourish.
5. Dress up your garden with raised copper planters
Copper is everywhere these days and the garden is no exception. If you're not up for splurging on a pricey planter, go the DIY route. A few coats of copper spray paint will make a plain galvanized steel trough your new favorite outdoor accessory. Place a few of these planters in the middle of your backyard to act as a divider between your various outdoor entertaining areas to give your space better flow and function.
6. Invest in an all-in-one planter that will work for growing both flowers and food
Whether you just want a vine of navy blue Morning Glory to look at while you sip your morning coffee on the balcony or want to grow organic vegetables on your back porch, this apex trellis planter from Gardener's Supply Company ( $299 ) will get the job done. The hardest part will be deciding what to plant first.
7. Outline your patio with drought tolerant plants for a low maintenance display
We all want an attractive garden area, but actually having the time to maintain it is a whole other issue. Combat this by outlining your patio with raised beds filled with drought-tolerant plants, like this yard designed by LB Landscapes. Opt for rock on top instead of mulch or dirt to seal in the most moisture, which will give you a beautiful garden that practically takes care of itself.
Ashley Tyler is a South Florida-based freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Nova Southeastern University. When she's not writing, she can be found chasing around her two young sons, cooking up a storm or tackling multiple DIY projects.