Microgardens can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed, says Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com. Here, a small raised garden bed is intensively planted with edibles.
The raised beds were used to solve drainage problems the lot had. Stone walls allowed for screen plantings along the fence and have room to plant seasonal color in front of them to add some appeal to them. A dry creek bed with oversized gravel meanders throughout the backyard to catch all water runoff from the patio and surrounding beds.
The Mediterranean-inspired outdoor space combines multiple areas seamlessly, from the raised garden beds and hot tub to the outdoor dining room. Lush flower beds line the backyard, while potted plants and flowers add life and color around the space.
This garden's palette was inspired by house's exterior. Paths invite exploration through the various edible plants. Garden beds on either side of the walkway were raised slightly, then planted with purple smoke bush and silver olive trees to give the residents more privacy.
This outdoor sitting area provides a peaceful escape with its wood planked enclosed walls and a vibrant overhead umbrella. Lush plant life, including pink flowering trees and raised garden beds provide the space with a lively look.
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.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. 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.
An African keyhole garden is basically a raised bed with a wire cylinder standing upright in the center. Most of these gardens have an opening that lets you walk into the bed and easily add materials to the cylinder. Flowers or veggies are planted in the bed, and as the materials decompose, rain or water from your hose carries nutrients and good organisms from them into the surrounding soil.
This vertical garden offers a contemporary spin on the more traditional garden wall. The oversized, textured medallion serves as a focal point, though plants in a mixture of textures, colors and shapes draw the eye onward, and raised redwood beds ground the space.