Landscape island beds are a great solution for a garden that lacks a focal point and an easy way to add color and texture to a large expanse of boring lawn. Because they are accessible from all sides, they are easier to plant and maintain. They provide an attractive feature from all different points of the garden and can add depth and balance. However, they must be designed in such a way that their positive qualities come into their own without forgetting the nature of the island bed. In order to be able to view an island bed from all sides, you need to consider a few basic points when designing your garden. Here are some great island landscape ideas and some island garden bed design tips!
A single bed is like adding a new sofa to the room… you don’t want to block traffic, you want it in a place where you can enjoy it (from all angles, remember!) and you want it to balance “balances”. Space. In other words, think before you dig. Do the kids play soccer every afternoon in June? Keep that in mind. If you have a large yard, place it not far from where you spend most of your gardening time. And seriously, folks… Balance? If you have three large trees on one side of the yard and nothing on the other…DO NOT put your island bed on the side of the yard with all the trees! Can’t visualize? Use a garden hose or string (white is best and easier to see in the lawn) to establish the proposed placement in advance. Then step back and think about everything in this post before you even pull the shovel out of the garage!