Borders and island beds containing low groundcover and small shrubs are a common addition to a home landscape. Irrigating these areas can be a challenge, though. The same sprinkler heads used for the lawn may not work so well in these beds. The key is to match your sprinkler system to the types of plants you are growing in the bed. The following guide can help. Rotary heads Rotary heads are the type of sprinkler head that usually comes first to mind – they rotate in one direction with short spurts of water, and then move smoothly to their starting position to begin the process again.