Raised flower beds on pavement....

My driveway is paved (parking lot) and i would like to beautify the front of my building. Should I just make a raised bed on the pavement, or should I get the pavement cut out first?
  14 answers
  • Valeria Blackburn Valeria Blackburn on Mar 14, 2014
    I would just make it on top of the pavement. The cement will help cut down on any weeds getting in.

  • Sherry Harrell Sherry Harrell on Mar 14, 2014
    Instead of a raised bed, you could use large containers (whiskey barrells) and then smaller ones surrounding. Then you would be able to re-arrange them whenever you wanted a change. Easier for watering, and no construction involved.

  • Sherie Walden Sherie Walden on Mar 14, 2014
    I would plant things that would not take a lot of water. unless you place drainage holes in the border you will have very little drainage. good luck

  • Aunt Hilda Aunt Hilda on Mar 15, 2014
    First thought that comes to my mind, is how much cost is gonna go into one or the other of your ideas. What I'd do, is line the drive way with cinder blocks, you can paint them, and use them as planters, you can stack them for a tiered look, or with some trailing plants/flowers, you could arrange them to look as though you have cascades of blossoms or greenery, whichever the case may be, to beautify the drive and your property...that's my idea for you.....good luck and happy planning!

  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on Mar 15, 2014
    Thank you all so much for the ideas! I love your idea Hilda, but the thing is... I live in Maine... winter plowing is plenty! And plow people (husbands) don't like too many things to have to go around.... For now I want to start with making raised beds in front of the porch (120 ft long) .... I will try to take pics so you can see...

    • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Mar 16, 2014
      Jean, I lived in Maine for 14 years. The growing season is short, especially where u are. Took a trip to New Fundland and dur to their really short growing season they planted gardens along side of the roads. The heat from the road helped extend the season. I personally had raised beds in front of my house in Skowhegan, they did great! ONLY QUESTION I have about on top of the pavement is the soil running out, leaching out from rain. Do not believe the landscape cloth would hold it in and your nutrients would wash away. Too much drainage. But oh with the driveway there to collect and hold the heat....WOW great location! Containers are a good way to go. No wasted soil. You could find the grow bags or make them, put a nice little rock wall in front or even a small picket fence, what ever, use your imagination, just make it the height of your largest bag. And have your grow bags behind it. Containers are expensive, wood rots, plastic cracks and fades. Do your research on grow bags. Another good thing about the bags, you can move them around....reorganize your garden according to the plants needs or your wanting to redecorate your garden.

  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on Mar 15, 2014
    Awesome DeAnna! Looks great! I have some pavers that I got last year at Lowe's at the end of the season at a really great price.... I think that is what I will use... so that way there is also drainage. I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can get started on this project! :)

  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on Mar 16, 2014
    No, I think I will just stack my pavers about 5 rows high on the pavement to make the raised bed, and then fill with topsoil, put a weed blocker and plant my flowers?

  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on Mar 16, 2014
    This is a picture of the front of my building... Its a small motel....I plan on putting the beds on each side of the middle steps...

    • Cyndi Cyndi on Mar 18, 2014
      @Jean Ouellette if you bought the interlocking pavers made to build flower beds you do not need to line it with anything, I built one in a corner that is almost 3 feet tall and I have not lost any soil washing through cracks, potting soil is very "fluffy" for want of a better word, and the first few years I had to add more potting soil every year because of settling.... mine is also built on my driveway so I would have seen soil on the driveway if it was washing away, and it has been several years now that I have not had to add soil because of settling.

  • Cherlynn Lindsay Cherlynn Lindsay on Mar 16, 2014
    Jean, you'll need to line it with thick landscape cloth otherwise you'll lose soil every time you water or when it rains. I'd skip the weed blocker and top with 3-4 in of mulch which will help with weed prevention and will assist in moisture retention. Other than that your plan is great. Good luck

  • Jean Ouellette Jean Ouellette on Mar 16, 2014
    How about lining the bottom with plastic? Will it keep too much moisture and cause mold and moss? I planned on mulching the top...

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Mar 16, 2014
    The one side of my driveway is all paved from sidewalk to fence.. What I did was purchase one of those free standing four armed container hangers. I purchased some large fiberglass containers from Costco. Circled the freestanding hanger with the large containers. In the winter I just slide them off to the side and put the hanging containers in my potting area. this can be done in stages, which is what I did.

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Mar 17, 2014

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Mar 17, 2014
    @DeAnna B I just went out and took some pics since I had none from the summer. pretty dismal right now but you can get the picture. As the plants grow in the baskets and in the containers I spread out the bottom containers and it takes up are 6' square. I take lots of pics but usually close-up of the flowers here.

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Mar 17, 2014
    I've sent some pics of the flowers, you can barely see the plant stand.