One thing I've always wanted was a raised bed garden. I think they are beautifully compact and organized. They make maintenance easy and allow for limitless creativity. You can design them in various shapes and configurations. They can be for flowers, herbs, garden vegetables, succulents, etc. You can make them small and portable for city gardens or large with ungulating pathways through which to wander. Whether perfectly groomed or simply practical (like using old tires, gathered pots, or a kiddie pool), raised beds can make a garden special.
My brother-in-law (Mr. Bump Smitten), in Park City, UT, made these galvanized steel raised beds. I love the look of the steel. The beds are slightly taller due to the standard size of the steel making the beds that much easier to access. Nice job, J!
Here is a gallery of raised beds I gathered. If you want more inspiration, simply search raised bed gardens on Flickr for an abundance of inspiration and how to.
Beautiful raised gardens, a gallery on Flickr.
Tell me about your garden!