Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.
A spacious patio presents several features as rivals for your attention, including a brick and cement fire pit, fountain garden sculpture, raised garden bed, ornate patio furniture, and an outdoor kitchen.
When growing curbside edibles, raised beds can add fresh soil to avoid heavy metals or particulates that have deposited over many years but don’t dissipate. This hellstrip garden, featured in the book, "Hellstrip Gardening," is in Portland, Ore.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil;, but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest. The addition of string lights makes it a wonderful "room" in the evening for cocktails under the stars.
Spaces underneath the deck can be unsightly, so screen the view under the deck with vines on hanging screens, says Holly Brooks of King Landscaping in Atlanta. If you enjoy gardening, animal troughs also can serve as planters, instead of traditional raised garden beds.