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  • Edinburgh's Saughton Park

    Saughton Park is one of Edinburgh’s top ten parks, close the river Leith it has facilities for sports, recreation and has a rich history of growing plants for medicinal purposes. The park’s walled and physic garden is where the term ‘occupational therapy’ was coined thanks to the pioneering horticultural work of Dr William Lowe more than 100 years ago.

    The Physic and Kitchen Garden, as it is now known, recently underwent a huge transformation, plans to replace the 1950’s sensory garden for the blind, which had fallen into disrepair, began at the start of 2019 and resulted in 17 large WoodBlocX raised were installed with several structures featuring integrated seating to create a functional space for both visitors and volunteers to enjoy.

    The garden is looked after by Friends of Saughton Park, which is split into different groups and look after various parts of the park, the Physic Garden team, who were keen for the garden to appeal to all ages and abilities, designed and planted it. The group is also known as the 'lotions and potions' group, each of the WoodBlocX wooden raised beds that make up the garden each relate to different parts of the body, the plants within a particular bed each have medicinal properties relating to a particular part of the body. The central raised beds have been designed around parts of the body and the plants chosen are beneficial for that area, or ailments or diseases affecting it e.g. the heart bed contains foxgloves which have been used in the treatment of heart conditions since the 1700s; the oncology bed contains snowdrops whose active component is galanthamine, which used in anti-cancer treatments.

    Our top three raised beds for growing edibles

    Raised Bed Best Seller
    Size: 2.25 x 1.125 x 0.45m
    Price: £344.00

    A perfect size for a small vegetable, fruit or herb patch, or for adding some ornamental planting to any area, this raised bed is proportioned to be half as wide as it is long. It is narrow enough to reach all the plants without having to step on to the bed itself. The extra height also makes maintaining the plants that little bit easier on the back and knees, or for tending from a (wheel)chair.

    L-Shaped Raised Garden Bed
    Size: 2.625 x 1.125 x 0.75 x 0.35m
    Price: £340.20

    A big upright and a small sticky-outy-bit, this L-shaped kit is perfect for awkward corners that have just a small bit of cornering to do, for instance coming into a gate or the end of a wall by a door.

    Octagonal Raised Bed
    Size: 1.65 x 0.45m
    Price: £344.20

    This planter would make a striking centrepiece to a front or back garden or patio, and could be used for planting almost anything. It is deep enough to accommodate a small specimen tree or shrub that could be underplanted with bulbs or shade-loving plants.

    To find how easy it is to build with WoodBlocX and to find out why our structures are so popular click here

  • Ideas for small gardens - Raised garden beds and planters

    Small gardens can be tricky spaces to work with and there are lots of raised beds and containers available that have been designed specifically for smaller gardens, however most are either made from plastic, poor quality materials or come highly treated with chemical preservatives.

    Our raised beds and planters are long-lasting, each is guaranteed for 15 years thanks to the high quality wood we use and our water-based preservative which won't leach harmful chemicals into your soil, the structures easy to build, look fantastic and are ideal for gardens of all shapes and sizes, even the smallest of plots. Take a look at how some of our customers have used our modular timber system to transform their gardens.

    Multifunctional

    Tall planting

    Get creative with the space you have available and think about ways you can incorporate different elements into the space. This bench is nestled within a raised bed providing a space to grow plants and herbs and place to sit and relax without taking up too much room. This design could also be adapted to include a small pond, or if your plot is on a hill switch the bench for steps.

    Tall planters create the illusion of space, due to their height they free up floor space. Plus if you keep with width to a minimum, like the example above, you can still add colour and interest to small space, plus planting, weeding and watering is super simple thanks to the accessible height. WoodBlocX structures can be painted too if your plot is in need of a splash of colour.

    Corners

    Small section

    Our modular system can help you to make the most of corners, choose from standard single-height raised beds or add some tiers and cascading plants to really add some interest to your garden. Corner raised beds take up less space too. Equally, if you small garden is angular use our free bespoke design service to get a shape that suits to the space perfectly.

    By taking a small section of space from one side of the garden can really make a difference and won't impact too much on the entire space you have available. Installing a raised bed from one side of the garden to the other provides a large growing space without encroaching into rest of the garden, it makes a really nice feature too. Place your raised bed in front of a fence, wall or along the side of the house.

    Our top three WoodBlocX planters for small gardens

    A contemporary and stylish feature for your patio or decking, the Small Cubic Garden Planter is an ideal way to introduce a touch of nature into your living space. This smaller design is suitable to showcase a variety of small shrubs, heathers and even some hostas who enjoy more shaded areas.

    With its modest design the Slender Garden Planter is ideal for more narrow spaces or fence lines and provides a sleek foundation for a trellis feature for climbing plants.

    Unlike a square or rectangular shaped planter the Hexagonal Garden Planter offers a modern alternative design that can feature as a centrepiece in your garden. This multi-sided design can also prove as an effective shape to fit into less conventional shaped garden spaces.

    Free bespoke design service

    Use our free bespoke design service to ensure your raised bed fits the space perfectly, we can also take into account any slopes. Just send us your measurements and we'll do the calculations for you, to find out more about the service click here.

  • Outdoor furniture for gardens large and small

    It can be tricky to get creative with standard garden furniture, whilst there are lots of different types and materials available most stick to standard designs, our garden furniture, on the other hand, can be anything you like! We can create bespoke designs that fit your garden perfectly and you don’t need to worry about annual maintenance, covering or storing it away over winter.

    Our modular timber system gives you design flexibility to either fit seating perfectly into a space, create standalone structures, or incorporate planters, ponds, walls and steps and transform your garden.

    Ideas for small gardens

    Standard, Narrow or Wide Bench
    Choose from standard, narrow or wide, place in front of walls, on the patio or in a quiet spot under a tree.

    Corner Planter Bench
    Maximise space by making use of corners to bring seating and planting to small spaces.

    Ideas for large gardens

    Long Planter with Bookends
    This is a truly multifunctional bench with lots of space to seat up to four people and planters either side to bring some colour and fragrance.

    Four Sided Planter Seat with Central Bed
    Create a seating centre-piece to enjoy different areas of the garden, place on a large lawn or patio, plant flowers, herbs or even a miniature tree in the planter.

    Garden makeovers

    Gardens large and small can include bespoke garden furniture designs, in fact, most of our customers take this option, that way it can be designed to fit perfectly in garden, plus other elements can also be added such as walls, steps and space for planting. We offer a free design service to ensure our customers get exactly what they need for their garden. Click here to find out more.

    Easy to build

    Our wooden BlocX and dowel system is totally unique, it means there’s no cutting or sawing, no nails, screws and no waste, simply follow the instructions provided to build your structure. We have also recently introduced a removable dowel so if you make a mistake just unscrew it and start again. This feature is also fantastic if you’re moving house and don’t want to leave your beloved WoodBlocX raised bed, planter or pond behind! To see how easy WoodBlocX is to build watch this quick video.

    Maintenance and materials

    WoodBlocX are made from pressure-treated, British, wood and are guaranteed to last for at least 15 years without rotting or distorting. All you need to do is install your design following our customised guidelines and you can be sure your seat is safe, sturdy and durable.

    The wood will age naturally to a soft grey, or they can be painted any colour you like. To find out more about the ageing process click here.

    To find out more about our wooden garden furniture seating, benches and chairs click here

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