What is an Island Bed?
It sounds like something that such as a hammock or others you would usually see on a tropical island. But actually, an island bed is a freestanding garden, surrounded by grass or paving stones, that can be viewed from all angles.
Benefits of an Island Garden Bed
An island bed allows your large expanse lawn to get rid of boring smoothly and efficiently and would be a great addition to your property’s curb appeal, especially do well in a garden that lacks a focal point. There are several benefits of the island garden bed:
*** As an attractive focal point, setting an island bed offers a money-saving and low maintenance solution to change your landscaping theme, rather than re-designing landscape for the entire garden or yard.
*** Because most of them are set at a distance from the house, you don’t need to worry about a lot of rainwater from eaves when it rains.
*** Since the island garden bed is accessible from all sides, making maintenance tasks is easier than other types of garden beds.
*** Situated in the midst of a lawn, the plantings are usually exposed to light and air on all sides, so they grow freer and even stronger.
*** It doesn’t need to modify an existing foundation planting so that you can experiment with different island garden beds.
Basic Points You Need To Know When Designing an Island Bed
Could you imagine that an island bed set in the middle of a large expanse of lawn may create an illusion of space? And since Island beds can be viewed from all sides, so there are some basic points you need to keep in mind when designing your island beds.
Before setting your island bed, you should consider where you will be viewing it. From all sides? Or just look at it from one direction such as kitchen window?
Consider whether you are trying to fill in an empty space or mask a view, such as your neighbor’s yard?
Consider creating visual balance with island bed when you have large trees on one side of the yard, but on the other side is nothing.
Consider setting a island bed following the natural contours of the land, such as a slope.
*** Size and Shape
Large or small, depends on the size of your house and the size of your yard or garden. The scale is significant. Too small island beds will disappear into the large yard, while too big will make your outdoor space look small. And the too big island beds will make it difficult to reach the center for weeding and pruning.
There are many different shapes you can choose for your island bed, such as round, square, rectangular, hexagonal, kidney-shaped, crescent-shaped, or any other way you like. A regular shape such as a circle, square, and rectangle is suitable for a formal garden or yard. Island beds can be informal with free-flowing, curvy edges, and they are doing well also.
When doing the above, there is a little tip that is to use a hose or flour to outline the size and shape of your island bed on the lawn.
The island bed below is an inspiring example we found, take a look:
image via: gardeningblog.net
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