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Landscape Inspiration: Mixing Gardens, Raised Beds, and Whimsical Features

In this post we add a new dose of landscaping inspiration presenting a backyard garden that mixes a berry patch, gardens, raised beds and whimsy. What we really liked about this backyard garden is the mixing and blending of function, fashion, chaos, order, whimsy, and practical. Here is a virtual tour.

On the south side of the garden, in the late spring/early summer, the raspberries produce a bumper crop of berries, perfect for a morning bowl of granola or evening fruity dessert.


The heart of the garden features an abundance of greenery with plants every which way that create a wild feel. Bursts of flowers provide colorful accents amidst the tomatoes, peppers, kale, lettuce, squash, and other veggie plants. Yet just when it feels too wild, a clear pathway of bricks and stepping stones allow access and create a sense of order.wild garden with veggies and flowers

pathways through veggies and flowers

In addition, throughout the garden, veggies planted directly in the ground grow alongside potted plants and container plants, such as this chard next to a barrel of cosmos and dahlias.

mixing raised beds veggies with potted plants

On the outskirts of the foliage where the garden transitions to a bit of lawn lies a sweet retired wagon that serves as a mini raised garden bed. The 3-inch layer of quality potting mix, plus a blend of flowers and herbs, creates the perfect accent to a small space.wagon with potted plants


This garden also integrates a bit of whimsy, illustrated here with a ceramic chicken nestled in the greens. (A nice juxtaposition to the real chickens hanging out in their coop in the corner.)

ceramic chicken

Curious: Which of these garden features appeal to you?

6 replies
  1. Amy Farnsworth
    Amy Farnsworth says:

    My wife is really into decorating her garden and landscaping with different and unique features. I will forward this onto her because she loves the idea of whimsical and whacky things in contrast to the more common features. I like the last picture too, with the chicken or rooster; nice touch! Thanks for the post!

  2. Susan Hirst
    Susan Hirst says:

    This is such a lovely garden. I particularly love the berry patches in it. When it comes to landscaping, I prefer a very natural look. The berry patches give this garden a very natural feel, like it all just came together that way.

  3. Sam Fisher
    Sam Fisher says:

    When it comes time to do my landscape, I’m going to see about adding or changing up a few of the gardens that I have. Two that I have right now are exclusively flowers and offer just the visuals. I think I’m going to do something similar to the third picture you have posted. This way I can get food from the plants in addition to making the landscape look great!


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