A box garden is a lovely way to showcase your green thumb and practice the popular "raised bed" garden style. Whether you're looking at small containers for a balcony or porch or considering large raised garden boxes for your yard, there are myriad ways to plant them. And with the advantage of a contained environment, it's easy to keep your gardens weed-free and maintained.
We're showcasing twenty-one different ways to utilize the box garden, from decorative keepsake boxes to entire backyard vegetable gardens in a raised garden bed. With smaller keepsake type boxes, you'll probably want to line it with black plastic punched with a few holes before adding some irrigation rocks and your soil. For raised bed boxes made of cedar, you can plant directly in them as they're both rot and insect resistant.
Spring is right around the corner, so start planning for your new box gardens and creating your raised bed garden design now. You can watch this video first and continue reading the post after:
Beautiful Box Garden With Bulbs
Do you have an antique crate hanging around? Consider filling it with spring bulbs. You can even force your bulbs indoors and have spring flowers in a beautiful container at any time of year. Consider topping off your soil with a lovely layer of sphagnum moss for finishing.
A Tiny Crate With Tiny Succulents
Have a small wooden crate that's begging for plants? Consider planting a handful of tiny succulents. Mix them up, so you have varying shades of green in those lovely grey-green tones.
Raise Your Beds To Window Height
This raised bed is a different take on a window box. It cleverly raises the height of the garden beds to the height of this window, allowing those trapped inside to see a bright sprig of green on the boxwood outdoors. Decorative grasses have been cut back for the winter but come summer, and this box will be a gorgeous blend of anchoring shrubs and whispy yellow-green grass stalks.
Fill A Box Garden With Impatiens
A harbinger of spring and summer, lovely impatiens are an easy plant to grow in your box garden. Keep in some shade, water regularly, and prune back dead flowers, and these hardy little plants will provide bright blooms for many days.
Fill A Ladder Box With Blooms
A multi-tiered box planter is a gorgeous way to bring color to your front porch. Plant with annuals, herbs, really any combination of blooms and colors you wish. Remember to water regularly if they are under a covered porch and out of the rain for garden boxes are unable to draw moisture from surrounding soil.
A Stairstepped Box Garden Retaining Wall
Incorporate your raised bed box garden into your landscape design. A sloped yard calls for smart thinking, and this garden of tiered raised beds is a great solution. Raised beds step down the yard, giving an otherwise difficult planting space new life for vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Turn Your Backyard Into A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
Raised bed vegetable gardens may take some initial work, but once in place, you've got a lovely environment for growing things with few weeds and a way to protect your gardens from mischevious bunnies. It's also very easy to work your way around and through your gardens with the borders of gravel pathways.
The Right Height Raised Bed Garden
If you are an older gardener, you might consider raising your vegetable beds a few more inches. This allows for less bending or even being able to work from a motorized chair if the paths are wide enough between. And look at the things you can grow. Corn, cabbage, carrots, really anything your heart (or stomach) desires. This gardener sure makes use of every square inch!
Raised Bed Seedling Gardens
You can create a raised bed nursery for your younger plants. These gridded raised bed boxes are excellent for starting seeds and giving your plants a lovely start before moving them to their mature garden spot.
A Corner Of The Yard For Your Box Garden
If you have a multi-purpose yard with active outdoor activities, it doesn't mean you can't have your vegetables, too. Tuck your gorgeous box garden against the fence wall and out of the way of the slip-n-slide.
Woven Box Garden Raised Beds
Want to take your raised bed boxes to the next level? Incorporate basket weaving techniques into your fence building, and you will have a raised bed garden worthy of every photograph. People will be torn between looking at your luscious plants and their containment system.
Portable Box Gardens
If you need more flexibility in the placement and height of your box gardens, consider keeping some handy squares available. Then as plants grow, you can quickly build up the wall height to keep pests out.
An Old Filing Drawer Full Of Succulents
Have a unique antique with no other purpose? Consider giving it a new life as a box garden. Here, an old filing drawer is given new life as a succulent garden.
Table Leg Raised Box Gardens In Bright Colors
Raise your gardens to table height, and the days of bending over to care for your plants are gone. Paint them in lush, bright colors, and everyone will smile.
Use The Box For Your Garden's Helping Hand
Maybe you love the box, but not for planting. Consider taking an old crate and flipping it up to add some character and height to a concrete planter.
A Box Garden Full Of Herbs
A deck box garden is a perfect place to plant your favorite culinary herbs. Slip out of your kitchen or dining room door to snip off what you need for supper on the patio. There's nothing that says love like food from the garden.
A Creche As A Box Garden
No rule says all box gardens must be square or rectangle-shaped. These lovely creche-inspired gardens will soon be tumbling over with squash. The perfect easy DIY raised garden!
Box Garden Strawberries
You can intersperse raised box gardens in between your regular beds for an interesting mix of regular bed and raised bed gardening. Here a sweet patch of strawberries is raised above the surrounding vegetables.
Bring A Box Garden As Your Hostess Gift
Fill a decorative box with a few of your favorite plants and bring it to the next party you're invited too. It's a perfect hostess gift for outdoors or in.
Side Holes In Box Garden For Cascading Plants
If you add a few side holes into your raised box garden, you can plant plants that will beautifully cascade down the sides. What a gorgeous idea.
Put A Birdhouse On Your Box Garden
You love not only your plants but your feathered friends. They're there to eat the pests off of your flowers, so why not encourage them by giving them a little home of their own in your garden.
Every box garden is a unique and beautiful eco-system onto itself. Have a wonderful time designing yours. If you'd like some other inspiration from Gardentabs.com, please click here: