Raised beds can add real character to a garden if done right. But incorrect choice of materials or style can look dated.

Recently we have been tasked with installing a raised bed with style and functionality. The request was that the bed felt modern and contemporary while remaining low maintenance and beautiful.

We feel that we delivered.

Railway sleepers were our choice of materials. Functional and long lasting, correctly installed sleepers last for decades but age beautifully.

A combination of an upright and flat sleeper added style, solid construction and essentially a huge bench front for those summer family BBQs.

Good quality screened topsoil was used to fill the bed in preparation for planting out.

Our shrub choices were designed for ease of maintenance and to give a contemporary feel. Movement was important so grasses, cordylines and phormiums of various colours and textures were coupled with soft ferns. Also a beautiful centrepiece standard olive tree was added. This planting scheme will produce year round interest.

The area was covered with weed controlling landscape fabric and beautiful Cornish silver cobbles were placed over the bed.

The result was, as I’m sure you’ll agree, simple yet very beautiful.

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