Ok, so ‘You raise me up’ is  that truly appalling, Westlife anthem.

And ‘raised beds’ suggest an aimiable old buffer tinkering with some tedious alpines.

Well, we don’t consider ourselves old buffers yet!

And alpines will never be our thing, but…….

Changing the levels in your garden can:

create a more interesting landscape

obscure eyesores

extend your borrowed landscape

and the mere act of raising the plants means you see more of them and from a different angle. 

Of course you have to consider structurally how to do this and it may well be wise to take advice on that.  But the effects on the way your garden and its plants are presented can be startling.

The three photos below were taken standing upright at normal ground level:

A raised bed against a boundary wall means that here, the bronze phormium and white flowered Libertia grandiflora are planted level with the top of the wall. The street is 6 feet below them. The idea of a boundary is completely lost. 

Flowers and foliage can be presented to you at eye level. You can also juxtapose them with suitable backgrounds, such as the white irises here against a dark atlantic cedar yards away. You can also move right round this bed to see them silhouetted against a completely different background.

This also means that the plants catch more light and you see light through them. When there is shadow behind as well, this is the sort of effect that a great artist achieves.

‘You raise me up…. to more than I can be’ may be a gaggingly syrupy lyric but in certain cumstances there can be nothing quite like it.

Its a heightened experience!

Robert and Lesley

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