Raised beds, like those manufactured by Richard Brink GmbH & Co. KG, are an extremely popular choice when it comes to designing terrace and garden spaces. They can be used in all kinds of ways, offering plenty of scope for creativity. This was proven once again in a recent project, when a client in Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock commissioned a custom-made ensemble of raised beds for his garden. Thanks to their size and the plants chosen to fill them, the circular beds were used to create a colourful maze. Anyone enjoying the space can expect to find new perspectives and plants at every bend.
A real garden feature
The five radial beds, custom-made from 3mm-thick aluminium in RAL 7031 (grey blue), come together to form an accessible, circular maze. The outermost ring, which is divided into two semi-circles, is 12.6m long along the outer wall, 1.8m wide and 200mm high. Moving inwards, the two beds that make up the next circle have an outer diameter of 7m, a width of 1m and a height of 300mm. They sit around the 500mm-high bed at the centre, which is 3m in diameter. The height of the beds increases towards the centre, resembling a tiered cake. These height differences were also taken into consideration when choosing the different plants. For example, the largest plants, such as ornamental trees and climbing roses, were planted in the outer ring. The paths running between the beds are one-metre wide throughout.
Well thought out and aesthetically appealing details round off the design. The bottom of the raised beds, for instance, was framed with over 84m of edging solutions made from stainless steel and filled with 8cm x 11cm light grey granite stones. The stones provide a harmonious transition from the ornamental gravel used to create the paths and also provide a colour contrast with the blue grey shade of the raised beds – a colour combination found in a number of materials used in the project. When considering how to plant the beds, the client chose 170 different types of rose, guaranteeing a striking play of colours when they are in bloom, as well as various shrubs.
Custom-made products make anything possible
With this project, the metal products manufacturer once again demonstrated the flexibility gained by making its products to measure. This gives customers a huge amount of scope for planning and designing outdoor areas. The raised beds from the company Richard Brink are made of stainless steel, aluminium and COR-TEN steel in thicknesses of 3, 4 and 5mm; single-piece lengths of up to 3m are possible. The stainless steel and aluminium models can be coated in all RAL colours and therefore meet the aesthetic demands of the client.