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material for a 6" raised flowerbed?


I am looking at making a short wall in my garden for a raised flowerbed, the wall will be approx 6" in height.

I want to keep the cottage garden type feel, so I don't want anything that will be too uniform.

Can anyone recommend any materials?, Im not sure what to go for, I would go with a grey colour, or even a yellowish colour would be ok.




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,875

    Six inches isn't really deep enough to need a built raised bed - you could use tiles like this to make an edging with a cottage garden feel - would that suit your needs? 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • scottt2scottt2 Posts: 2

    ok, thanks, I cant really go much higher as the soil would be backing onto the fence, so I just need add another 6" or so of compost and good soil.

    although I dont like the one you linked, I do quite like the natural sandstone, so thanks for the link -


  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Stones?  Preferably local, arranged into a little wall to contain the bed.  If it's only 6" high you could probably get away without mortaring them together.

    Or a wooden beam (from an old house roof) or railway sleeper?

    Bricks, arranged on a slant?

  • I have used both stones and wooden beams in my garden. I think they both look good.

    We had a lot of sandstone around and arranged it into a raised wall.

    You can get joists too which are quite good turned on side, they look similar to sleepers but can be cheaper.

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