Is it OK to Have a Raised Flower Bed Against a House?

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Is it OK to Have a Raised Flower Bed Against a House?
Raised flower beds give colour to areas near houses. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Raised flower beds can be built against a house. This lends colour and decoration to the landscape. Once a raised flower bed is built, many different varieties flowers and plants can be grown in the bed.

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The size of the raised flower bed is important. Most beds are 3 feet across so that the centre of the bed is within easy reach from both sides. When placed against the wall of a house, one side is inaccessible. Build the bed 1 1/2 to 2 feet wide.


Locate raised flower beds in areas with good morning sunlight. Most plants need fpir to six hours of sun to grow well. Afternoon shade may keep the flowers cool in a hot climate. The west or south side of a house is generally a great location for the flower bed.


Do not design a raised flower bed with only three sides. This leaves the side next to the house open with soil in direct contact with the siding. The dampness of the soil will start the siding to rot if the side of the house is not made with durable materials. Always keep a weather treated board between the soil and the house.

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