How to Design a Raised Bed Garden Around Your Pool

When contemplating raised bed garden designs to accent your pool area think Zen. You want to be creative, but not so overly creative the finished product resembles a Tim Burton film. Designs should be focused on symmetry and balance to create an environment pleasing to the eye. Using the pool as your focal point, create your design to incorporate raised beds to appear as if they belong there. If for example your pool is rectangular placing beds on two sides achieves balance. Horseshoe designs compliment oval pools and so on. Size does matter. Using small beds in large areas or visa versa will take away from the balance. Overcomplicated designs could take away for the natural look you set out to gain.

Having chosen your design it now becomes all about location and functionality. Regardless of where you place a raised bed you want to make sure routine chores such as weeding and fertilizing are convenient. You’ll also want to choose an area where the beds will drain freely. Making beds too wide could hinder maintenance. Ideally beds should be at least 1 ft. deep and no more than 4 ft. wide, especially if planting against a fence. Raised beds can be placed directly around a pool or used as retaining walls on sloping properties. You can even build a raised bed on an existing patio around the pool. Beds constructed near the pool where they can be splashed will need to have the soil PH monitored frequently.

Raised garden beds can be built as either permanent or semi permanent. If you’re not the kind of person who feels the need to shake things up you might consider brick or stone. If on the other hand you bore easily wood may be the way to go, as wooden beds are easier to disassemble and less costly to build. If wood is what you’re after, choose a slowly decomposing rot resistant wood, or one treated with non toxic preservatives. You don’t want any chemicals seeping into the soil or plants. Whichever material you choose, it is beauty you are after, use materials which complement the existing landscape. If erecting more than one bed try mixing up the materials to make one slightly different from the next. Nothing so different its effect is glaringly obvious, just something along the lines of kinda different, sorta the same.
You’ve organized your space, picked your materials, and are ready to go. When deciding what to plant the rules of balance and symmetry apply here as well, especially if you have more than one raised bed. Choose plants as carefully as you chose your site and building materials. If the beds were constructed for privacy as well as beauty, avoid planting shrubs too close together. You may find you get a claustrophobic effect rather than an appealing one. If you’ll be using the beds for vegetables throw in some flowering herbs, and hardy perennials for color. When strictly used as flower gardens avoid extremes, too much of the same is boring, and too different comes off as chaotic.