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One of the most overlooked elements of garden design for the average DIY gardener is garden edging. It can be laborious to install, expensive, and lets face it…just plain boring. Landscape edging can create a solid hardscaping base for your garden design to improve curb appeal, and to add structure to your garden and yard during the winter months. Here are some great ways to make your garden edging more exciting, unique, creative and low budget.

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Landscape Edging Ideas

Wood Garden Edging Ideas

Wood is always an easy material to use for garden edging because it can be easily recycled from old fences, decks, or building reject piles. It can also be easily cut at home, so that you can customize your wood garden edging. This photo from ‘Kilgraney’ shows how old railway sleepers can be cut into varying lengths and used vertically as a lawn border. You can also use timber landscape edging laid horizontally in larger sections for a straight edged border.

This next wood landscape edging idea comes to us from Pinterest with no known source, but we have some easy instructions for you for a similar project next at ‘Farmhouse 38‘!

Pallets are a great DIY building material, and with good reason. It’s a renewable resource, that is usually free! Check Craigslist or ask local businesses for their leftover wood pallets. Use the lumber to cut sections of wood, paint some of them randomly and sloppily (for that “vintage” feel) with leftover house paint and leave some unfinished, then dig a trench for your garden edging. Any other scrap wood can be used as well. Check out ‘Farmhouse 38‘ and their tutorial for their great scrap wood landscape edging project!

Landscape Edging with Stone

Yes, we have all seen stone and rock as a casual garden or landscape edging. And it works, but it can look old fashioned. Instead of just lining up country stones, update the look by digging a trench edging your garden or lawn, then fill the trench with similarly sized rocks and stones. It gives you a good mowing strip, a barrier for weeds and grass, and it looks more modern. You can either purchase decorative rock, or better yet for your budget, collect rocks from your own yard and re-use as edging. Use this idea to inspire you to love that rock in your soil you have always cursed! Photo source unknown.

Here is another example of using rock garden edging. Now it looks to us like this is bagged rock bought from the nursery, but you can collect rock from your garden, ask neighbors, or ask at a building site if they have any leftover grading rock they would love for you to haul away. And Craigslist! So many people order too much landscape rock for their project and would be thrilled for someone to just come and haul it away!

Try this DIY garden edging from ‘My Sweet Cottage‘. They tell you how they made these landscape borders using some sand, a mallet and rocks. These type of rocks are easy to collect as you dig in your garden. Or again, put an add in Craiglist looking for used landscape rock.

Creative Garden Edging Ideas with Glass

Here is a great way to recycle broken or old dishes, saucers, or even old ceramic pots and planters. You can grow quite a collection from yard sales, thrift stores, or by posting a want ad on Freecycle or a community bulletin board. Break up the dishes into pieces and use in a trench much the same as you would small decorative stone. Place a few dishes at a time into an old pillowcase to protect you from flying glass, wear safety glasses, and take your hammer to it! How small of pieces you want is totally up to you. Keep the size in scale with the size of the trench and garden area. Also remember, larger pieces will give you more texture and color. This landscape edging idea from ‘Apartment Therapy‘ was used more as a decorative mulch, but could be used as garden edging just as easily.

Another idea is to purchase recycled tumbled glass. You can use inexpensive plastic landscape edging or even wood benderboard to keep the glass pieces in place.

Metal Landscape Edging

One of TGG’s fav recyclables is steel and other metals. They blend well into the natural state of the garden, and have a more modern look. Check out your local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, or yard sales and salvage stores for great ideas. Remember, you can use things that can be partially buried in the ground, like steel pipe sections, or perhaps steel utility boxes or slices of metal pipe that can be laid into trenches, then back filled with gravel. From ‘Floradora Gardens’.

Brick Edging

Did you know you can buy reclaimed brick (for cheap!) at places like ‘Home Depot’? Make the world a better place by recycling an age old material into your garden edging. We love this herringbone design. We suggest digging a trench and laying out your brick, then back fill with soil half way up the depth of the brick. Pack down, then fill the rest of the trench with sand. (To the edge of the brick edging.) Photo from ‘Hometalk‘.

DIY Garden Edging with Bottles

If you haven’t already seen recycled bottle garden edging, it’s time to take a look. This idea is best in areas where there is little traffic from machinery such as mowers. We found this on Pinterest, so we suggest that you cut the bottoms off recycled bottles. You can do that with a simple glass cutting tool you get from the hardware store. Then fill a shallow garden edging trench with mortar, and press the glass bottoms into the surface until they make good contact. Let set slightly, then wipe off any mortar from the glass.

You can bury the bottles neck down so that the bottoms of the bottles provide the edging. You can vary the heights of each bottle, or keep it all uniform. Choose to use bottles of all one color, or mix it up. Photo source: Gregg and Ellis Landscape Design in Portland, Oregon.

Or you can take that same idea and make a theme out of it! Love this wine bottle garden edging and cork mulch! From ‘Landscape Resource‘.

Terra Cotta Garden Edging

If you are like us, and love a good recycled garden pot, then try this landscape edging idea from ‘Eva Robild‘, a Swedish garden writer. You can ask at a local nursery about buying old terra cotta pots. And it doesn’t matter if they are cracked!

We hope you love these great creative DIY landscape edging ideas for your garden, while recycling and saving cash. We think you will also want to check out our posts on Beautiful and Classic Lawn Edging, and More Creative Garden Edging Ideas!

Note: This post has been refreshed with updated ideas.

Image Credits: Kilgraney, Farmhouse 38, My Sweet Cottage, Apartment Therapy, Floradora Gardens, Hometalk, Oregon Live, Landscape Resource, Eva Robild


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Our garden edging ideas give texture and definition to your landscaping. Sometimes it’s hard to find landscape edging ideas that do not only look beautiful but are also affordable and practical. These are some essential touches that can make your landscaping complete.

Lawn and garden edging ideas can be anything as long as it can separate two distinct areas. For instance, it can be a planter bed on one side and on the other are some gravel. There are a plethora of styles that you can choose for your garden bordering materials. When choosing a border, be sure to consider your budget, landscape, and creativity. Choose the appropriate design since it can add dimension to your landscape.

Lawn and Garden Edging Ideas and Designs

1. Garden Edging Ideas

If you want your garden to have a dramatic effect then you can use a gabion wall for edging.

2. Cheap Garden Edging Ideas

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For a unique garden edging, you can use woods cut in different sizes.

3. Timber Garden Edging Ideas

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Railway sleepers can also be used vertically in your raised beds.

4. Stone Garden Edging Ideas

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Big stones can be the perfect edging for your flower garden. However, you need strength and perseverance in carrying and placing these big stones in your garden edging. Your stones should all be the same size in order to have a “wall” effect.

5. Wooden Garden Edging Ideas

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The different sizes of the sleepers make your borders look unique.

6. Creative Garden Edging Ideas

Originally posted by primrose

You can show your creativity in bordering your garden beds with terracotta.

7. DIY Garden Edging Ideas

Use your imagination and be creative. Fallen tree branches can be excellent materials for your garden edging. When woven wood are used as a garden edge, it can create a beautiful and nuanced effect. In order to have an old fashioned and rustic look, use natural logs. It works best on vegetable gardens.

8. Modern Garden Edging Ideas

Using wide concrete for your edging can make your garden look clean and very pleasing to the eye. So amazing!

9. Raised Beds Garden Edging Ideas

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Wooden raised beds can make your plants look neat.

10. Curved Garden Edging Ideas

Curved edging can be achieved by using steel such as this one.

11. Metal Border Garden Edging Ideas

These metal borders are perfect for garden edging. It can also keep your garden tight.

12. Cheap Garden Edging Ideas

Logs are the best and the cheapest edging for your garden bed. Logs can be laid out vertically or horizontally to give a natural and simple look on your garden edge.

13. Garden Edging Ideas For Flower Beds

This flower bed looks secure with vertical log borders. Using logs as a border is environment-friendly and beautiful. With a bit of time and effort, you can create a natural appeal on your garden edge.

14. Palisade Garden Edging Ideas

Palisade is not only unique but it also adds color to your garden.

15. Brick Edging

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Brick edge can make your flower bed or vegetable garden look pleasant.

16. Concrete Border Landscape Edging Ideas

Concrete borders are very easy and simple to install.

17. Metal Edging

This simple lawn edging provides nice clean lines.

18. Natural Stone Border

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Try to avoid sudden changes in garden designs and landscapes as much as possible.

19. Brick Edging

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Using bricks for your edging provides a fresh looking defined border.

20. Patio Bricks Edging

Patio bricks look nice and neat, regardless if it is laid flat or placed vertically.

21. Simple Landscape Sandstone Edging

Sandstone edging can make your plants look more attractive.

22. Brick Lawn Edging Ideas

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Bricks can create a well-defined border for your garden and lawn.

23. Garden Lawn Edging Ideas

Line up clam shells to create a beautiful border for your flower garden. Large seashells can create a unique contrast. You can also crush the shells if you want a rock garden effect.

24. Best Lawn Edging Ideas

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Traditionally, bricks are commonly used as borders for flower gardens.

25. Cheap Lawn Edging Ideas

If you have used old metal wheels then you can use it to make a unique edging on your flower bed.

26. Inexpensive Lawn Edging Ideas

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Show your creativity by planting your plants in a PVC type raised bed garden.

27. Lawn Edging Ideas

You can use your old wine bottles for garden and lawn edging. Just turn them upside down and line them up. This is a low cost and creative fashion of garden edging that can provide an extraordinary effect.

28. Rock Edging

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Rock edging can make your garden look nice and attractive.

29. Lawn Edging Ideas To Keep Grass Out

Plastic edging can define the border of your garden.

30. Cheap Lawn Edging Ideas

You don’t have to spend too much in garden edging. In fact, you can use recycled materials.

31. Garden Bed with Stone Edging

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Stones can be used in decorating your garden and it can also be used as an edging for your garden bed.

32. Herb Lawn Edging Ideas

Make your herb garden neat and secure by using brick edging.

33. Brick Lawn Edging Ideas

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When bricks are used in garden edging, it should be well placed in order to break up a big yard. It can separate the area for plants, water features, and entertaining areas.

34. Creative Lawn Edging Ideas

Wattle garden edging can define your garden and make it secure.

35. Brilliant Garden Edging Ideas

There are a lot of ready-to-use products that you can use in garden edging. However, if you want to be creative then you can come up with your own idea. Have fun with garden edging!

36. DIY Lawn Edging Ideas

Bricks are water resistant and provide a timeless appeal to your garden. It can also go well with almost all surroundings.

37. Concrete Lawn Edging Ideas

This is a lovely rock border! You can also place a weed blocking material such as a cardboard or a newspaper under the rocks.

These garden edging ideas will show you that the potential for creating wonderful edging are endless! You can look for recycled materials around your house or yard and get creative with your vegetable or flower garden. After seeing this variety of lawn edging, most likely you can come up with numerous ideas for your landscaping. If so, the share your garden with us in the comments. To create an even growth of grass, you can use a lawn aerator. With an effective wheelbarrow, you can easily get your gardening tasks done in no time!

From a simple penchant for yellow flowers as a child to becoming a full-time gardener, nature advocate, and garden designer, I am extremely happy to finally have a platform for me to successfully spread knowledge and expertise in the garden. After highschool graduation, I took many courses related to garden design to feed myself with more knowledge and expertise other than what I learned from my mom growing up. Soon as I finished courses, I gained more experience through internships and most especially, garden shows! I also tried to join as many garden design competitions locally. For any garden design inquiries, ping me!

Garden edging and borders

If you like a tidy garden, then our garden edging log rolls and packs are a great place to start. They’re perfect for outlining a pathway, border or lawn, or separating your flowerbeds from the vegetable patch. It’s good to know that they’re made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council too, so you can be sure they’re ethically sourced.
In fact, we have a whole range of tools and accessories to help you keep things in order. A perfect lawn starts with a good lawn mower. You’ll need to pick the right one for the job – take a look at our wide variety of models from rotary and robotic to hover mowers for difficult areas. We have grass trimmers from leading brands Flymo, Ryobi and McCulloch and hedge trimmers in every price range. And when the autumn comes around you’ll find a leaf blower indispensable if you want to keep your lawn free of leaves.
A good garden hose will come in handy for watering your borders, pots and containers, as well as for cleaning the car. Many come with their own reel so you can tidy them away once used. A great way of making your outside space as tidy as possible then check out our garden storage options, everything from shelves and benches to wood stores and garden sheds.

Lawn Edging: Metal: A Nearly Invisible Garden Border

Lawn Edging: Metal garden borders

Metal lawn edging subtly separates the lawn from the garden.

Lawn Edging: Photo 1: Dig the trench

Cut a narrow, 4-in. deep trench with one vertical side along the lawn edge. Shave the vertical edge to smooth out curves. Follow a string line for straight landscape border edging.

Lawn Edging Photo 2: Place the garden edging in the trench

Snap together the 8-ft. landscape borders, drop the garden edging into the trench and lay it against the vertical edge. Cut the final section to length with a hacksaw.

Lawn Edging Photo 3: Support the landscape edgers with stakes

Drive stakes to set the depth at about 1/2 in. above the soil level of the lawn. If the garden edging drops too low, pry it up with the tip of your shovel.

Lawn Edging: Photo 4: Backfill along the garden edging

Backfill the landscape edging with soil from the garden bed and compress it firmly. Leave room on top for mulch.

The simplest and most subtle landscape borders that effectively separate your lawn from a garden are 4-in.deep strips of steel, aluminum or plastic. The metal lawn edging bends easily into smooth, graceful curves and stops the spread of grass roots. However, painted aluminum and steel offer the sleekest, most refined garden edging look because they almost disappear against the grass and garden bed. The plastic types of garden edging have a prominent black bulge along the top edge. All work best on fairly even terrain; if you have a lot of dips and rises, it’s easier to install a paver border.

Plus: You may want to consider flower bed fencing, if there are pests you need to keep out.

Although aluminum and steel landscape edging cost about the same, we chose aluminum because it was much lighter. It weighs about 41 lbs. per 100 ft., while steel weighs about 225. With aluminum landscape edging, you get a professional look without the heavy lifting.

Plan to set the garden border with the top edge about 1/2 in. above the soil level to maintain the lawn/garden separation and keep roots from crossing over the top. This makes the garden border almost invisible and allows you to mow right over the top. However, be aware that the top of the thin lawn edging can hurt bare feet. After cutting it, make sure you round off any sharp edges with a file.

Follow the photos for the basic garden edging installation techniques. The key to setting this garden border is to cut a clean vertical edge along the grass with a square spade (Photo 1). Then you can lay the garden border tightly against the edge when you stake and backfill it. There’s no rule for shaping the edge. Simply follow the edges of your lawn, making smooth, gradual curves.To make smooth, sharp curves, bend the metal lawn edging around a circular form.

The thicker landscaping edgers better withstand those inevitable bumps and hard knocks that go with lawn mowing.

CAUTION!

Call your local utilities or 811 to locate underground lines before you dig and install all edging.

Buying Lawn Edging

Steel landscape edging is the most common metal garden edging, although you might not find it at local nurseries. Look for it at larger garden centers or at landscape suppliers, which is where most pros get it. (Search “Landscape Equipment and Supplies” online.) Steel garden landscape edging comes in 4-in. wide by 10-ft. long strips in a variety of colors. Keep in mind that it’ll eventually rust, especially in a salt environment. It’s heavy, floppy stuff and needs almost full support when you transport it.

Aluminum garden landscape edging, besides being lighter and stiffer, won’t rust and is also available in a wide variety of colors. Look for it through landscaping suppliers, although it might be difficult to find. You might have to order it. Be sure stakes are included with your purchase.

You’ll find black plastic landscaping edging at every garden center and home center, sometimes in both regular and heavy-duty thicknesses. Buy the thicker landscaping edging material. The thicker landscaping edgers better withstands those inevitable bumps and hard knocks that go with lawn mowing.

A Paver Garden Border: Edging Stones

Paver border

Pavers provide a wide lawn edging border that keeps grass out of the garden.

Concrete and brick pavers

Pavers are available in a variety of colors and shapes.

Photo 1: Identify the garden border

Lay out the border of the lawn edging with a garden hose, using the brick pattern as a spacer. Make curves gradual and smooth.

Photo 2: Dig a wide trench

Dig a 4-in. deep trench about an inch wider than the brick pattern, using a square spade. Cut the edge along the grass smooth and square.

Photo 3: Fill the trench with fabric and sand

Cut landscape fabric to fit the bottom and sides of the trench and dump in about 2 in. of sand. Smooth and flatten the sand with a block of wood.

Photo 4: Lay the edging stones on the sand

Set the bricks tightly together so the tops and front edges are even and about 1/2 in. above the soil. Sweep sand into gaps and pack soil against the back side of the lawn edging.

If you’re having trouble deciding between various lawn edging ideas, consider concrete or brick pavers. They make a simple, handsome border and work well as lawn edging material too. They’re ideal when you want a wide border that keeps grass out of the garden, yet allows flowers and other plants to spill over without intruding onto the grass. You’re less likely to chop them up with the lawn mower.

The paver design shown here also provides a nice, flat surface for the lawn mower wheel to roll along and make a clean cut. You shouldn’t have to trim the edges after mowing. Concrete pavers (55¢ each) are designed for rugged outdoor use. Brick pavers ($1 each) are too, but don’t confuse them with regular bricks, which are typically softer and more likely to break down. Set the pavers in a bed of sand for easier positioning and leveling (Photo 3).

The sand bed that you lay over landscape fabric keeps most grass types from sending roots under the lawn edging and getting into your garden. Paver borders work well for straight, formal gardens but even better for informal yards with gradual curves and varying slopes. You can easily adjust them to follow the contours of an uneven yard. But they won’t fit as well on tighter curves unless you alter the design and are willing to cut them to fit with a diamond blade saw.

Use a garden hose to mark the shape and gradual curves of your lawn edging (Photo 1). Don’t hesitate to trim the trench a bit here or there as you cut the edge to smooth curves or alter the garden bed shape. For straight borders, follow a tightly stretched string line. Follow the photos for installing the pavers. It’s important to set the front edge of the pavers about 1/2 in. above the soil in the lawn so the lawn mower can cut the grass cleanly. We also leveled our pavers from front to back to keep the row from dipping and rising, but it’s not necessary and on slopes might look better if set on an angle. Just make sure the top of each paver sits flush with its neighbor and that the front edges create a smooth line. You can go back later and whack them perfectly flush with a block of wood and a hammer or a rubber mallet. The pavers we set on edge are primarily decorative, but they also raise the garden bed slightly and help retain mulch. Set them higher or lower to fit the needs of your garden.

A Raised-Bed Border

Raised-bed border

A raised border adds depth and texture to the garden.

Stacking edging stone

You can choose from a variety of attractive stone for your border.

Photo 1: Dig a trench

Mark the path of the border with paint, then dig a 4-in. deep trench along the line. Make the width the stone width plus 6 in.

Photo 2: Fill the trench with gravel

Pack in and level a bed of gravel. Keep the height at or below the soil level. If necessary on slopes, plan to step the stone up or down.

Photo 3: Set the first row of stone

Lay the first row of stones about 4 in. back from the grass edge. Push in more gravel or dig it out to align and level them. Wear goggles when chipping stones.

Photo 4: Lay the second row

Stack the second row of stones onto the first, overlapping the joints. Test several stones to find the most stable fit.

Photo 5: Fill the raised bed with topsoil

Lay a strip of landscape fabric against the back of the stones and fill the planting bed with topsoil. Trim off excess fabric later.

Photo 6: Install plastic edge along the front

Scoop out 4 in. of gravel in front of the wall and install plastic lawn edging. Pack mulch into the gap between the plastic and stone.

A stone wall does more than make a clean border along your lawn. It’s a handsome visual statement in itself, a great way to add depth and texture to a flat, featureless yard. It’s practical, too.

When looking at paver lawn edging ideas, be sure to explore the variety of stone materials, sizes and shapes to create your ideal landscape border! It also provides good drainage, making it a great solution for low-lying, soggy gardens. And it’s a good way to terrace a sloped yard and create nice, flat gardens.

To reduce maintenance we added a 4-in. deep trench that we lined with plastic edging and filled with mulch. The lawn edging keeps grass roots from creeping into the stone wall, and the mulch provides a mowing track for lawn mower wheels. With taller types of grass, you can mow right over the plastic border and cut the lawn edge cleanly. There’s no need to trim the grass.

This project doesn’t require any special skills, just a strong back. For metal lawn edging you’ll need a hacksaw, and for stone lawn edging you’ll need a cold chisel. Remember to wear safety googles when installing your landscape edging! Figure the cost at about $10 per foot of wall. Design your raised bed to blend into the contours of your yard like a natural feature. You can handle slopes in one of two ways. Either let your wall follow the slope of the yard for an informal look, or level the stones as we did and step the wall up or down as the slope requires to maintain approximately the same height.

The exact size of stacking stone for walls varies considerably by region. Visit a local landscape supplier to check types. (Ours is Chilton limestone.) For lawn edging, limit the height of your wall to two courses so you won’t have stones falling out. Measure your wall length and make a sketch.

The stone dealer will help you figure out the quantities of all the materials you need. The stone will probably be sold by the ton or pallet and it’s heavy. Have it delivered and dropped as close to the wall location as possible. And have gravel or sand delivered to use as a setting bed for the stone (Photo 2) as well as topsoil to fill behind the wall (Photo 5). The stone or landscaping dealer will help you calculate how much of these you need.

Follow the photos for step-by-step instructions on how to edge a lawn with stone. Get started by laying out the border with a garden hose or paint. We drew a curve by setting a string at a center point and marking an arc with paint (Photo 1). The trench width will vary depending on the width of the stone. Add 6 in. to the stone width (2 in. for the mowing edge plus 4 in. extra).

Generally it’s best to keep the bottom row of stone an inch or so below the original soil level, but this will vary if you keep the stones level and the yard isn’t level (what yard is?). If you’re considering this lawn edging idea, just know that you may need to step the stones up or down, or use thinner or thicker stones depending on aesthetic and fit. There’s no rule here. Experiment when you lay the stones for the best appearance.

Lay the stones that have the most irregular faces in the first row so you can place the irregular face down in the gravel and level the top (Photo 3). Vary the sizes and colors for the best look. Chip off irregularities with the maul and chisel. Then add the second row (Photo 4). Make this row as stable as possible so the stones won’t rock and fall off. As a last resort, stabilize the stones by shoving stone chips into the gaps.

Lay landscape fabric against the back of the wall before backfilling to keep dirt from washing out through the stone (Photo 5). Then install the plastic edging in front. Add organic mulch to finish up the mowing edge.

Homesthetics

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Garden edging cannot be overlooked. Able to serve our lawn, our veggie garden, able to keep animals away from plants or simply to emphasize the spatiality with its graphic presence, garden edging of all types are intrinsic for the overall image. The sculpting lines can be realized from pretty much anything, one could install them in a few hours, an effort that might beautify your garden for life. A selection of simple, inexpensive-cheap garden edging ideas has been curated; the collection presents the traditional stone, concrete and brick options as well as less encountered solutions conceived by the creative minds of DIY enthusiasts; cast a glance at the gallery below and surge inspiration.

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17 Simple and Cheap Garden Edging Ideas For Your Garden

Cinder block garden edging

The cinder block is a common option and part of its popularity comes from its double role as both edge and planter. It allows the gardener to create a second layer of flowers that will further edge the plants that it delimits. The cinder block is also inexpensive and easy to be put into practice.

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Use steel edges

Steel edging allows one to create raised beds of any shape. The aging effect of steel is also much appreciated by diy enthusiasts.

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use a gabion wall

The natural look of gabion walls make them extraordinary candidates. The river rock`s hues are neuter yet present in the setting, the edging solution is simply exceptional.

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get creative with terracotta pots

Terracotta pots are graphic on their own yet in bigger numbers things become even prettier. You can place these vertically with plants in them or horizontal one onto the other, regardless, both solutions are highly graphic.

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glass bottle edging

Glass bottles are an extremely durable, highly graphic basically free resource. Use them in your yard in different hues to obtain a clean look. Please take note that glass takes centuries to decompose naturally and while you can see how suited glass is for edging it also highlights the fact that it should be used responsible, no broken glass should be lost in the process.

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Scrap wood used as garden edging

Emphasizing your garden through wood is a recipe for success. Use color on a few planks to obtain something epic,complementary for your setting.

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Wooden logs raised beds

A truly epic-rustic look can be obtained by using wooden logs in the garden. The natural look simply works and the fact that it evolves in times puts everything in an even greater light.

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using pallets as a garden edge

Simple and insanely accessible in the garden too, pallets are safe go-to options.

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Bicycle wheels up-cycle into garden edging

The scrapyard might be a safe heaven for the nonconformist. Browse and adapt your setting to suit your style.

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using PLATES as garden edging

A beautiful solution that greatly emphasizes one`s garden. It might not be easily accessible unless the individuals seeks to dismiss a collection but the look is surely worth pursuing.

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traditional stone edging

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Airy Shell edging

If your living by the ocean and one of your greatest passions is scuba diving than this might be the garden edge for you. Huge shells can create a border for your garden and the effect is interesting to say the least.

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garden edging realized with bricks

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up-cycling car rims into edging

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Garden Edge realized out of river rocks

Utterly beautiful solution with little to no costs. Transform your garden with simple elements.

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Cement or bowling balls

Learn how to make a decorative cement garden ball or simply find out of use bowling balls and use them in your garden.

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using gold metal laminate

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The materials that one would use for his garden edging can vary a great deal yet the way they`re actually used matters the most. It is utterly important to choose the solution you consider beautiful, the one solution that makes the most sense to you. What do you think? We would love to hear which solution from the above mentioned you have liked the most.

This collection of garden edging ideas will help you define garden borders, highlight an area, add texture and dress up your landscape.

Often overlooked, lawn and flower bed edging can play an important role in your landscape design plan to improve your property’s overall curb appeal. Edging comes down to simply separating two distinct areas.

Not all of these landscape edging ideas will fit your garden. You may love the look but they simply are not practical, affordable or the style of your garden.

Keep in mind as with many things in the landscape and garden there are NO RULES. Landscape edging comes down to your style, creativity, materials and budget.

The materials used for edging come in a wide range of choices and combinations: stone, concrete, brick, wood, tiles, metal, plates, glass, gabion, logs, and all kinds of things recyclable items.

Let’s face it, upcycling is popular for use in the garden. Many of the garden edging ideas below incorporate some type of upcycled material and most of the ideas include sources to tutorials. Let’s get started!

Concrete Edging And Curbing

Broken concrete makes for great garden edging.

The word “concrete” can sound very hard and cold, but a concrete edge offers lots of design opportunities.

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The arrangement of these flat stone or “broken concrete” around the corner of the house draws attention to the hostas and other foliage planted against the foundation border edge of the house. It’s always a good idea to install landscape fabric and edging in that order.

Poured Form Concrete Garden Border

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This edging comes uses concrete to form a curbing. The construction of these concrete landscape borders is made onsite and very permanent. The concrete can also be stained or painted. It’s a nice way to edge around a tree.

If you’re curious on “how much does concrete curbing cost per foot”? HomeAdvisor estimates $4-5 per square foot.

Brick Garden Edging

When we think of edging materials in most yard landscaping projects we think of brick edging and as you’ll see, bricks and pavers can be used to create a landscape edge in many ways.

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Neatly assembled stone tiles placed flat in a shallow trench make a garden edging which forms a nice barrier between the garden bed and grass. A neat clean look which provides uniformity to the landscape. A way to edge a flower bed with bricks that makes mowing easier.

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What’s interesting about this garden edging idea is that it is very symmetrical. The square shapes made of 4 bricks makes the edging look clean and distinct. However, the center of each “square” carries a different design.

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How can you dress up brick edging during the evening hours is by having a rope lighting strip tucked away on the inside of a rock lawn edging. This is a very simple way to bring a lot of style to the garden. It looks almost mystical in the way that it seems to generate light from nowhere.

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We see bricks used as edging all the time to separate the lawn edge from flower beds. Turning the bricks on their side creates an entirely different look in the garden design and give yet another way to lay brick edging for front yard and backyard landscaping.

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It is an old style look that has a new style when it comes to the brick. It almost looks like a wave that is leading the way for you.

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A beautiful eye-catching brick garden edging idea due to the symmetrical shape. The tiny blocks inside the edging give it a very suburban look.

Metal Landscape Edging For A Rustic Look and Feel

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By raising the height of the garden and installing metal landscape edging this winding “rusty” steel edging gives a contemporary look that calls your attention.

Corrugated Steel Panels Installed Vertically As Garden Edging

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I love the neat look of this landscape edging idea. It gives a very minimalist garden feel, looks clean and simple. The colors are not too busy and makes the yard feel peaceful. As a bonus the panels used full size did not require any cut of the metal landscape edging.

Metal Edging Laid In A Zig Zag Pattern

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The short and long metal edge gives it a very simple look. It’s nothing extravagant or eye-catching, but it gets the job done. Paint the thin steel edge sheets if desired.

Gabion Wall Used As Edging

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This kind of garden edging called “gabion” offers lots of possibilities. It looks natural yet structured but blends in well with the natural environment. It’s also quite sturdy, and should hold up well.

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This gabion garden wall edging works as a retaining wall holding plants and soil. This edging serves as a garden focal piece.

Garden Edging Stone

Stone edging ranks right up their with brick edging as a popular material to separate areas. Generally, stone carries a low cost but does require some “heavy” labor to get it all in place. However, stone edging does produce impressive results.

Stone and rocks come in so many shapes, sizes, colors, looks and textures. This allows the use of stone as a stand alone in edging or combined with different stones to achieve interesting looks.

Stacked Flat Edging Stones

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This shows a nice way to edge a flower bed using short flat tiled rocks stacked on top of each other. A simple design with a casual look and feel separates the lawn edge from the mulch and flower bed.

Garden Stones Used As Simple Clean Edging Of A Deck

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This uncommon way to differentiate the deck from where the garden starts, but adds a “polish” to the design. The small garden stone rock border makes a world of difference when stepping out to take in the view.

Crushed Rock Filling In Between Bricks

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This lawn edging idea provides a contrast with brick and a wide strip of crushed rock. The small height of the stone but the sudden change of color makes it a clear boundary but doesn’t intrude in the landscape design.

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The contrast of light and dark stones along with different sizes complement each other quite well next to the concrete stepping stones. It gives a concrete definition of where the walkway ends and where the border begins.

Stones Combined with Brick Edging

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This edging made up of smooth rocks and bricks gives off a very natural but not too manicured and perfect look. Simple yet the way it spirals gives it an impressive flair. As you can see… no complicated “install stone landscape edging” instructions. The stones were laid edged right up to the bricks and followed the garden path.

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The graduated stone bed is an excellent contrast. The small stones create a nice transition border, while the large stones make up the bed. It’s a very pleasing way to implement a natural border.

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Bowling ball size rocks compose this edging The rocks and plants make you feel walking to or from a beach!

Wood Landscape Edging

Wood like brick and stone comes in many form. The most common edging using wood is the raised garden bed but as you’ll see… more types exist!

Railway Ties As Garden Borders

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This garden edging happens to be one of my favorites. Railroad sleepers placed at angles to the fence and ONLY one plant in each “growing area.” The biggest issue I see comes with maintaining the grass.

Vertical Railway Sleepers

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These railroad ties cut at uneven lengths make this garden edging unique. It adds a casual look and feel.

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We often think of the garden edging being the accent. In a twist, this edging gets an accent with stones resembling two small feet next to each other. It shows how using the resources around you can turn simple into beauty.

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This garden edging looks like a miniature fence. It does serve as a symbol saying keep out of my plants but in a playful way.

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This garden bed looks similar to the uneven railroad ties, but uses a landscape timber and this edging does not vary in height but also deliver a very attractive and natural feel.

Scrap Treated Wood As Garden Edging

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The mini boards from possibly a pallet of this garden edging are high enough to define the garden bed. Not my style but that’s OK.

Cut Tree Trunks Laid Out As Edging

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This edging you don’t notice due to the bottle walkway. Lots of detail when into the walkway bit the edging looks to me like an afterthought.

Garden Edging Made From Pallets

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The look of this garden edging looks very “homey” as though the creation appears to be part of a project. The cut apart pallets give a very western feel.

Woven Garden Hoses Used As Edging

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A unique and beautiful way to create a one-of-a-kind fence. The best part is breathing new life into old garden hoses destined for the dump.

Braided and Woven Vines

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This woven garden edging gives off a rustic feel. A lot of work involved in thing edging idea.

Manufactured Landscape Edging

For some the easiest method to edge the flower bed or lawn sits on a shelf down at the local garden center. Pre-made, usually manufactured plastic edging makes for quick installation. All come with “how to install landscape edging” instructions.

EasyFlex No Dig Edging

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This manufactured plastic edge material delivers a simple, minimalist look. Perfect for a quick fix and barely noticeable in any garden.

Grey Cobbled Stone Plastic Garden Edging

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This manufactured garden edging is thin, made of a plastic material with a brick edge design face. The extra room allows you more space to plant flowers and shrubs. The color does not take away from the beautiful colors of the plants and is easy to install.

Flexi-Curve Garden Edge

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The edging in this garden makes it look spotless. The beautifully crafted designs are very eye catching.

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This manufactured garden edging looks beautiful in white. It almost looks as though it is made from marble. It has a bit of a slope where the plants lay on top.

Landscape Border Ideas We Can Only Call Unique!

Glass Bottles Recycled Into A Garden Border

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Glass bottles catch the eye and help provide a landscape border to keep certain pests out of the yard. It’s a good craft if you have multiple, uneven-sized bottles – any size or shape can easily fit the wall! Not sure about the safety level though!

China Plate Garden Edging

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These dinner plates make a very uncommon way to set up a garden border. Using plates that would otherwise sit in a china cabinet is an excellent way to make use of items that usually remain “off limits.”

Terra Cotta Pots Fashioned Into A Garden Border

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This garden edging is very different from others. The terra cotta pots laid out make for an interesting, whimsical look. The tubular shape also adds a nice effect.

Collected Bowling Balls Used As An Edging

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Not much to say about this landscape edging design. Just an excellent example of quirky garden edging with no rules.

Collected Hubcaps Made Into Edging

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This edging made from hubcaps is a great way to reuse and recycle. These hubcap flowers offer another idea. A fun conversation starter, and unique design. Not sure how much work it would take to collect them all!

Recycled Bicycle Wheels Used As Garden Edging

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The bicycle wheels provide a great use for older bikes. They also ensure that plants along the border get enough exposure to the elements needed to grow. This edging would be a difficult “assemble” in many areas to acquire the bike rims.

Border FAQ’s

What are some good perennials for planting along the front of the border?

  • Alyssum saxatile compactum
  • Dianthus plumarius
  • Statice longifolia
  • Plumbago larpentiae
  • Dwarf Asters
  • Veronica spicata nana
  • Arabis alpina
  • Silene maritima
  • Tunica saxifraga
  • Veronica rupestris
  • Nepeta mussini

What are some medium-height perennials to use on the center of the border?

  • Campanula persicifolia (Peachleaf Bellflower)
  • Artemisia Silver King
  • Achillea ptarmica
  • Aquilegia coerulea
  • Paradisea liliastrum major
  • Dicentra eximia
  • Eupatorium coelestinum (syn. Conoclinium coelestinum)
  • Veronica longifolia subsessilis
  • Gypsophila paniculata compacta

Which are some of the best tall-growing perennials for a border?

  • Macleaya cordata
  • Thalictrum aquilegifolium (meadow rue)
  • Phlox paniculata hybrids
  • Helenium autumnale
  • Rudbeckia purpurea
  • Delphinium hybrids
  • Asters (tall named varieties)
  • Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh)
  • Campanula pyramidalis

These edging ideas are only the tip of the iceberg… just use your imagination!

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If you are anything like me, when you see empty yard space, you see the garden potential. And depending on what your plans are concerning flower, stone, or vegetable garden beds, you probably have a preliminary idea of how you want your garden edging to look once it’s finished. Picking out plants is the easy part, but have you seriously considered the steps needed before adding in your favorite greenery? Pair flower beds with metal patinas, stone gardens with weathered lumber, and vegetable beds with discarded bottles- or any other awesome combination presented! Read on for a unique selection of gardening bed edging ideas that are easy and cheap to customize for your space.

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RAISE THAT GARDEN UP (ON LEGS)!

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A great way to keep wildlife and dogs out of your garden beds is to raise them off the ground. Sturdy lumber easily supports basic small fruits, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Plus, it takes the strain off your back weeding, and they are movable if the area isn’t suitable in the future.

TURN YOUR OLD WINES BOXES INTO RAISED MINI-BEDS

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Good wines are often shipped to distributors (or you!) in neat wooden boxes that you can typically pick up from your local liquor store for free. Lined with a good waterproofing material, and you have a cool series of raised beds to intersperse among your space, flower planters, or a neat way to tier your vegetation.

SPEAKING OF REUSING…YOU CAN DO WHAT WITH OLD TIRES?!

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Whether you halve them for garden edging, use them as planters, stack them for dimension, paint them, or hang them… the uses for old tires in your garden is endless. Since millions of old tires are discarded each year, why not head down to your local tire shop and see what you can reuse in your garden?

DIDN’T YOU KNOW? RECYCLING BOTTLES IS ALL THE RAGE!

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Spiral gardens are a great conversation piece and can be placed almost anywhere in a yard or garden to add interest. Garden edging that incorporates discarded bottles are always interesting and create such a cute little-tiered area- I’ve been convinced to start saving my bottles for a new project! Time to drink up!

TO CONTINUE ON THE TOPIC OF RECYCLING, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH ALL THOSE BRICKS?

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LACKING REUSABLES? WHY NOT USE THE GARDEN AS YOUR BORDER?

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Want a garden border, but don’t want to take the time to collect materials, or purchase the same decorative fencing as everyone else? Consider a living border of boxwood. Boxwood is easy to shape, is low maintenance and looks great with virtually everything.

CINDER BLOCK VERSATILITY. IS THERE REALLY ANYTHING YOU CAN’T DO WITH THESE THINGS?

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Cinder blocks are seriously one of the best materials to use for DIY there is. Not only are they strong and inexpensive, they are a great choice for fantastic garden edging and raised beds. Plus, they double as mini planters when tipped open side up! You can even paint them for a personalized touch.

GOT ROCKS (AND SOME FENCING WIRE)?

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River rock is varied in shapes and colors,and is a great garden bed or border material to work with. With a roll of narrow wire paneling material, some tools and corner supports, you can create a cool series of planters and borders in your garden.

ONE MAN’S JUNK IS ANOTHER’S GARDEN TREASURE!

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Jazz up your garden edge using discarded old bike wheels either halved or buried to create a rolling border for your flowers to peek their way through. Or use them as an unique support to create living border out of vining plants!

RAILWAY SLEEPERS PROVIDE DIMENSION TO YOUR GARDEN

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Placing railroad sleepers vertically, rather than horizontally, adds flow and interest to any garden border. Use a chainsaw to cut the lengths you desire, remembering to add the amount you’ll want to bury for sturdiness.

METAL HOUSE ROOFING & SIDING ISN’T JUST FOR YOUR HOME ANYMORE

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Metal panels are rust proof, fade proof, and are generally a great choice for both fencing and garden edging when combined with the correct framing materials. Pair with sturdy lumber to create a unique look. Added bonus? It comes in a variety of colors!

DIG OUT THAT BOX OF SEASHELLS FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD

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I have a box of shells collected from various vacations through the years I need to put to use! Depending on the beach (either freshwater or salt), usually, a half-hour walk in one direction will get you enough shells to add an interesting and one-of-a-kind border to your garden. Follow the link here for even more ideas.

FIREWOOD, OR RUSTIC GARDEN BORDER???

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No need to have a fireplace to order up some firewood! An unsplit cord of firewood adds an eclectic, and woodsy touch to your garden beds when placed vertically. Looking for a more delicate touch? Head out to your local forest land with an inexpensive firewood permit to choose your shapes and sizes.

WEAVE A PATTERN FOR YOUR YARD SPACE

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Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders. See this, and some other great border ideas here.

CREATE STEEL PATINA USING METAL EDGING

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Generally inexpensive, steel edging isn’t just for building. Bury an edge in the ground and use it to create a meandering garden border that will weather year after year and add rustic appeal to any type of yard.

LANDSCAPING BRICKS CREATE BEAUTIFUL BEDS AND BORDERS

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Backyard basics are always a good choice to keep your garden simple and organized. But who said you have to use traditional material in a traditional way? Landscaping bricks can be used in a variety of ways to create individual beds, walkway borders, and support for tiered gardens. Let your imagination run wild!

WHOA! STRAW FOR BEDDING, BUT NOT FOR LIVESTOCK!

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The last few years have shown just how versatile straw can be for your garden. It’s not just for grass seedling protection anymore! Use bales to both build up raised garden beds and plant directly in them! As a purely organic source, they hold moisture well without creating a humid, rotting environment.

DON’T TOSS THAT BROKEN DISH!

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Broken happens. But put that cracked or aged china to good use in your garden as a decorative and unique border idea! Most thrift stores have entire sets for $10 or less if you don’t want mismatched ‘place settings’, and what’s a better way to add color and design to your yard!

PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND…

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It might be an old saying, but what’s better than filling up leftover cut pipe with decorative rock and awesome succulents to create a border that is sure to have your guests wishing they were that innovative? Personally, I’ve been inspired and just found a great use to some leftover pipe I have from fencing!

TRADITIONAL EDGING IS ALWAYS CLASSIC AND CLEAN

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There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

YOUR BACK WILL THANK YOU!

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Raised garden beds using all sorts of material seem to be the rage, but instead of going with traditional circles and rectangles, why not mix it up and provide easy access to the entire garden? No more reaching into the middle rows and straining your back or trying to find balance- instead, keep your vegetable rows within reach with this great shape!

LOGGIN’ IT

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If there is a tree coming down somewhere nearby, do yourself a favor and take the dimensions of your garden bed border and ask if you can get the trunk cut to length in return for hauling it off. Tree trunks offer interesting texture and shape, not to mention they can be customized as border planters or notched for walkways!

MISS MATCH A MODERN TOUCH

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Rocks come in all shapes and sizes, and if you aren’t keen on having too much weeding to do, a xeriscaped border area with minimal vegetation and artistically displayed rock is just what you need. You can easily customize your rock color and size to add depth and dimension to areas big and small.

STOCK TANKS – NOT JUST FOR RURAL SPACES

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Depending on where you live, you can easily pick up stock tanks for next to nothing in rural areas as over time the bottoms weather and rust out, making them unsuitable for holding water. But don’t believe for one minute that their life is over, stock tanks make wonderful garden beds and provide nice curved edges to balance out any angles you may already have. Both galvanized and rubber tanks can be purchased online, or at a farm supply store if you have difficulty finding one that’s not in use. Just remember to keep the drainage hole open to keep water from building up and drowning your vegetation.

MINGLE MATERIALS

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Who said you have to have a uniformed garden border, or that you couldn’t mix and match the materials you use to help keep your beds separate? Provide aesthetic appeal by using a variety of materials in different shapes, sizes, and colors for overall garden interest!

MODERN LINES MEETS RUSTIC MATERIALS

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Nothing says I love my garden like using natural materials in the setting you create. This awesome idea uses rustic wooden posts with bulky rock to add variable texture and surprisingly clean lines to a well-sculpted garden.

CONCRETE CORNERS

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Bold white stucco and concrete faces keep this landscaping simple and refreshing in a small space, all while adding curbside appeal to a busy row of townhouses. Having a small space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden bed or an original look.

RAILWAY RUSTIC

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Railway sleepers create an abundance of appeal no matter how they are used, so check out these stacked and tiered garden beds using only ties and hand selected vegetation.

GET VERTICAL – WITH PAVERS THAT IS!

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Brick pavers may be traditional in nature, but embedding them in ground placed vertically, instead of horizontally, is a fun twist to an old idea, and provides the same clean-cut edging. Plus, you can mow right over them!

VERTICAL IS OBVIOUSLY THE NEW HORIZONTAL

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Seal together your square stepping stones to create a cool, over-the-top garden bed edging idea. This look is much easier than it looks and only requires your stone of choice and concrete to both set the stones in the ground, and to seal them together.

YOU DON’T NEED A ROOFER FOR THIS AWESOME ‘ROOFING’ IDEA

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Using a surprising take on both concrete roofing tiles and remesh (available at any building supply), this meandering and eclectic garden border is unique and simple to create. Plus, it’s durability will last year after year and hold up to whatever nature can throw at it!

TAKE A LOAD OFF

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Another take on railway sleepers, but this time don’t forget to add in your own restful places to sit and enjoy the beauty of your creations.

AND…WE’RE VERTICAL! AGAIN!

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Posts don’t need to be placed horizontally or stacked to create a cool garden bed effect. Instead, try having them cut to uniform length to provide a sturdy garden bed that looks professional.

LET THE FLOWERS FLOW

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Why not let the plants take all the attention? This Astilbe border made from a sturdy, shade-loving perennial, will only get larger and more attractive year after year. Even if you don’t have a lot of shade, there are plenty of sun lovers that will appreciate creating the pathway of your dreams, many of which will bloom continuously.

STONE APPEAL

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Garden wall stones make a great addition to any border as you simply lay them together and walk away since they are created to ‘fit’ side by side. Their uniformity, but natural look is appealing to many gardeners. Look here to see how it can help transform a space from blah to WOW!

ANOTHER ROOFING GENIUS HACK!

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Cypress and Cedar Roofing Shingles are impervious to termites, and make a great staggered garden border! If you live in an area where termites are not a problem and you won’t need to worry about drawing them close to your home, pallet wood cut up also works well and is generally free!

GROW A BIGGER & BETTER BORDER

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Use those plants! Seriously! Perennials make awesome borders, like these Hostas and Daylilies. Aren’t a fan? There are plenty of both tall and small plants that are sure to take your fancy as a colorful and living border idea.

INVERT YOUR PATHWAYS

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Line your grass walkways with stunning rock gardens! I LOVE this look! The simplicity of the design and lush shades of green look like something out of a Jane Austin novel. Even if grass isn’t your thing, a fine pebble or even rocked walkway would highlight the vegetation regardless.

AN ALL TIME FAVORITE

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There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

PICK YOUR FAVORITE!

I don’t know about you, but I have seen so many great ideas to incorporate into my yard and garden spaces I can even begin to figure where to start! If you’ve been wondering what garden beds to add, or how to edge your areas, hopefully, you’ve been inspired and have some ideas to get rolling with. Comment below with your favorite takes from the list above, and feel free to share with other garden and yard enthusiasts!

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When you go to a museum, do you ever notice the frames on the art pieces? Most of them are chosen carefully so that they complement the style of artwork. You’re likely to see grand paintings enclosed in sophisticated, gold-accented wood while the basic paintings are framed in old barn wood.

A landscape is no different. Adding a lawn edging or border helps to complement the elements of the landscape. Often, this border means the difference between the backyard looking messy or professionally groomed. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best landscape border ideas.

The key to an effective landscape border is choosing one that complements what it is framing, and raises the appearance of your outdoor space as a whole. As with most of these choices, it ultimately comes down to your personal preferences. In this article, we’ll cover many unique landscape border choices to help you decide on the one that creates the perfect space for you.

Types of Landscape Borders

A landscape border is an excellent way of defining lawn edges. It creates a distinct barrier between the lawn and other elements of the landscape.

When installing a landscape border, you can choose from a variety of materials. The material you pick mainly depends on your style and needs. While some materials will make the border look natural, others will make it look simulated.

It might make your decision easier if you first decide on the style of border you want, and then narrow your choice to the type of materials. There are so many choices that it might become easy to be overwhelmed, but narrowing down your choices will help you decide on a creative lawn that also matches your preferences.

Another factor that you should consider when selecting the landscape border is the style of your home. Remember that this border should complement the look of your home and the surrounding landscape. There are two main kinds of landscape borders to pick from:

Natural Landscape Border Ideas

If you want your landscape to have a natural look, then there are certain materials you should use. These include elements like plants, piled rocks, wood or mulch. These edging materials look less formal, and they blend perfectly with the existing landscape. The good thing about natural landscape borders is they offer the opportunity to get as creative as you want. You can even go exploring and find these materials yourself.

  • Plants – A landscape border made of plants is one of the most widely used. You can choose ground covers, flowers, small shrubs or ornamental grasses. A great choice for keeping your outdoor space natural. Read more about using edging plants as a landscape border here.
  • Rocks – Rocks are also a popular option for a landscape border. This is because they come in a range of styles and are great for creating small retaining walls for kitchen gardens, ponds and other sections of the lawn. They are functional, easy to set-up, and their muted tone will likely match any garden. You can learn more about different types of rocks to use for the edge of a pond.
  • Mulch– If you don’t want to use plants or rocks, mulch is another material that will give your landscape border a natural feel, and the good thing is that it’s readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to set-up. All you need to do is strip grass from the outer edges of your flower beds or walkways and fill these sections with mulch.
  • Wood – A wooden landscape border differs in style. Depending on the type of wood you choose, your landscape edging could look natural or simulated. Your options with wood are quite vast, and gives you the opportunity to be creative.

When it comes to wood, you can decide to use treated or untreated wood. Each of these has its fair share of setbacks. For instance, treated wood is not good for plants or beneficial insects.

On the other hand, untreated wood deteriorates much faster than the treated type; thus it requires frequent replacement. However, the untreated wood is not harmful to the environment and it enriches the soil.

Simulated Landscape Border Ideas

A simulated landscape border differs from a natural one in that it consists of preformed materials. These include items like metal, landscaping bricks, and plastic. You can typically find these items at a local hardware store, but many are also sold online if you have trouble finding them.

  • Metal – If you’re thinking of using a metallic border, we recommend going for aluminum or steel, which are pliable; thus easy to work with. Even though this landscape border won’t have a natural look, it’s going to last for a very long time. If durability is your goal, metal is a great choice.
  • Plastic – Another material that’s commonly used in making landscape borders is plastic, particularly vinyl. The good thing about plastic edging is that it exudes formality and has a clean and crisp look. It’s also easy to install on your own. You can learn how to install a plastic edging here. On the downside, plastic is susceptible to cracking, which means it’s not the most durable.
  • Brick – Like plastic, brick landscape border also offers formality. Plus, they’re available in a range of styles, making them suitable for creating patterns. Another advantage of using brick or concrete is that these materials are resilient; hence, they can be used in many settings. Brick is easy to find, comes in multiple styles, and is relatively simple to set up.

Ideas for Your Landscape Border

Spade-Cut Edging:

We’re going to go with the simplest option first. It is almost certainly the easiest and most inexpensive edging option available to you. To make a spade-cut landscape border, simply take a spade, and dig a trench surrounding your garden. It is an easy, low cost option, and also gives you a nice, consistent border surrounding your garden. Now, let’s move onto the more exciting options.

Flower Bed Edging:

One of the easiest ways to border your landscape is to arrange a flowerbed of different colors along the edge of your yard. Such a border makes the yard look spectacular. An advantage of flower bed edging is that you can truly let your imagination run wild. Flowers come in so many shapes, colors, and styles that you can be sure your landscape border will be unique.

Colorful Flowers Border:

You can surround your home with a variety of flowers. Although they look simple, this border made up of flowers is bound to draw the attention of everyone passing by. The edging landscape you choose can be fully customized when you decide to use flowers, and you will find that the options for creativity are numerous.

Plastic Edging:

Another simple, back-to-basics edging style. Plastic edging is a very easy, low-key way to surround your garden and make a clearly defined border. Plastic edging is easy to purchase and set-up. It typically comes in lengths around 25 feet, and even up to 60. It is flexible, and contains anchors so that it will stay in the ground. You simply dig a trench, place anchors in the ground, and dig stakes into the anchors. Easy-to-install, and will not distract if you want your garden to be the primary focus.

Steel Edging:

Very similar to the plastic option. Steel edging can create a simple, clean border surrounding your garden. It is sold in strips and installed in a similar way to plastic edging. It is not as flexible, but still capable of bending to create smooth borders. It is also more expensive than the plastic options. People who choose steel over plastic tend to like the look of it more, and it also is more durable.

Black Brick Landscape Border:

A border made of black landscaping bricks makes your landscape look classic. We like how the brick surface maintains a low profile, shifting people’s focus to the beautiful lawn and flowering plants. Although it looks stunning, installing a brick border is a little complex and requires masonry skills, especially when it comes to making those curves. While this option may require you to hire a professional, it might be a great investment due to its long-term durability.

Brick Landscape Border:

This is another example of brick being used as a landscape border. The brick border helps to keep the lawn edges intact while also providing a crisp finish. Keep in mind though that bricks look weathered over time. However, the overall look depends on how well the lawn is maintained. Bricks are a great option as a low-key landscape border if you want to keep all of the attention on your garden itself.

Turned Brick Edge Border:

If you are looking for a simple twist on the traditional brick border. Try turning the bricks diagonally and placing them on their sides, in a border around your garden. This creates a unique, jagged wall surrounding your flowers. This is a unique border that will surely draw more attention to your landscape border if that is what you are going for.

Small Stone Landscape Border:

If you’d like a natural-looking border, then using locally sourced stones is your best bet. If you have stones in your yard, all you need to do is to dig them up from one area then use them to create a border. However, placing the individual stones can take up a lot of time. Stone landscape edging is great because it is relatively low-cost, although it may be a pain to install.

Wattle Landscape Border:

This wattle fence makes an exceptional border for a garden or lawn. It’s made by weaving material in and out of posts. If you’re on a shoestring budget, this wattle border is one of the cheapest options. It doesn’t require advanced carpentry skills to put together, and still maintains that traditional look. This is a great, low-cost example of fence edging for your garden.

Concrete Landscape Border:

This lawn is surrounded by a concrete-made border. The benefit of using concrete is that it’s fluid- at least in the installation phase. You can mold it into any shape you want. What’s more, you can structure it to your preferred height. Although the concrete border in this picture is small, you can create one that goes deeper into the ground or one that is raised as high as you want.

Concrete Pink Wall:

This is a good example of a concrete border that extends upwards. It makes the lawn look neat and it’s more durable than the traditional plastic edging, which could easily get damaged while mowing your lawn.

Green Hedge Border:

Planting a hedge is a great way to put a border around your landscape. One of the best things about a hedge border is that it creates privacy. Furthermore, the hedge serves as a windbreak; thus protecting your plants, and depending on the plants you use for the hedge, you might even be able to keep pests and intruders out. A hedge is a relatively low maintenance landscape border when it comes to plant borders, and it gives your garden a very natural feel.

Foliage Landscape Border:

This border consists of a variety of herbs such as monarda, crocosmia, and coneflowers. If you’re looking for an option that will give your yard a dramatic effect, you can’t do better than this foliage border. The secret is to pick the right plants or shrubs, whose leaves and branches have contrasting colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. This is a bold landscape border, but sometimes that might be exactly what you are looking for.

Ornamental Grass Border:

Using grass for your border adds a bit of light, motion and even sound to your landscape. More importantly, ornamental grasses look like graceful threads that blend all other plants in your yard, making them look like a family as opposed to a convention of strangers. While ornamental grass certainly draws the eye, it also gives your garden a “deep in nature” feel while staying relatively easy to maintain.

Wooden Planks Border:

These wooden blocks are inexpensive and they make a beautiful border around a landscape. You can add some color to some of the planks to create a stunning border or to give it a contemporary touch. This border is easy to buy and set up, which makes it one of the more appealing options in fence edging.

Metal Fence:

Similar to the wood fence above, a metal fence is a great, easy to install option that adds a touch of sophistication to your garden. Metal fence landscape borders are sold in a variety of styles, colors, and designs. They are simple to set up, as they often just require sticking them into the ground. Depending on what you choose, this might be a rather expensive option, but the benefits of installation might be hard to pass up.

Recycled Rubber Mulch Border:

One of the more unique options on our list. This type of border is made of recycled rubber, and looks almost exactly like mulch. It comes in a roll, and you simply dig and place to create a permanent “mulch” border around your plants. An interesting option for sure, and it definitely saves you the trouble of having to re-mulch every year. As a bonus, it is thick and prevents weeds from growing through it.

Bender Board:

Bender boards are neat landscape border options that essentially look like a piece of wood, but are flexible and capable of bending to create a curved border surrounding your plants. It might be the easiest way to create a rounded, wooden, raised border. The one downside to a bender board is that it is actually quite expensive. However, if you are willing to make the investment and don’t want to deal with the hassle of building a curved wooden border from scratch, then this might be the solution you need.

Landscape Timbers:

Landscape timbers are long pieces of timber that are specially designed and shaped for landscape borders. Timber edging is a simple way to outline a garden using a straight piece of wood. Timber helps to frame your garden without drawing the eye too much. The timber is also generally treated to hold up to the elements and last you a long time. You can even stack the wood to create a raised, fence-like border. This type of wood is generally inexpensive, and easy to install by simply digging and placing the wood.

Logs:

Similar to the timber option, you could easily place logs around your garden for an all-natural look. Just find some logs of uniform width, cut them into your desired lengths, dig a trench, and place around the area you want to border. This adds a natural look to your garden, and if you are able to find the logs, it also has the benefit of not costing you anything.

Edible Landscape Border:

You can also border your landscape with fruits and vegetables that will add color, fragrance, and vibrancy to your yard – and that’s not all; adding these fruits and vegetables means that you can enjoy a delicious harvest all summer long.

Gabions Landscape Border:

This gabion garden border acts as a retaining wall that holds the plants and soil in place. It looks structured, yet so natural that it blends in perfectly with the natural surrounding. It’s also quite sturdy.This type of raised landscape edging can help to give your yard a hip, modern look.

Crushed Rock Filling Landscape Border:

This particular border made of crushed rocks contrasts well with the brick. The short height of the stone and sudden change of color depict a clear boundary. This is another modern-looking landscape border, and its muted tone ensures that it will match well with just about any type of garden or yard.

Timber Landscape Border:

Timber fences create an attractive and natural-looking border around lawns. If you decide to go with such a wooden border, it’s important that all the timbers are pressure-treated to prevent early rotting. Timber edging is quite rustic and pleasant to look at, but it is definitely not one of the cheapest options out there, especially if you need to hire a skilled carpenter to achieve this look.

Natural Stone Retaining Wall:

The natural stone creates a beautiful border, which also acts as a retaining wall. It also complements the flagstone walls of a home nicely. Another traditional, rustic look for your garden, and can be raised as much as you want.

Wrap Up

A landscape border serves many purposes, such as defining a flower bed or shrub bed, and the transition from a patio to the adjacent garden. You can use different kinds of materials for your landscape border; ranging from wood to rocks and bricks. The type of material you choose will determine the look of the border and your overall yard.

If you’re looking for a natural look, you should use materials like wood, mulch, plants, and flowers. Alternatively, if you want a simulated look, then materials like plastic and brick are a better option.

Ultimately, the choice you make will come down to your individual circumstances, preferences, and budget. Take a while to think of how you truly want your outdoor space to look. From there, evaluate how much you are willing to spend, and whether or not you require a professional or are looking for a DIY project. Rest assured, there is a landscape border option out there that will definitely improve the look and feel of your yard.
We hope you enjoyed our picks for the best landscape border ideas for your backyard!

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