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The Top 19 Garden Edging Ideas

The Top 19 Garden Edging Ideas

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”  –  Alfred Austin

When designing your garden, you need to think beyond the type of mulch you want to use and the plants you want to grow.

There’s one small piece of your garden that many people treat as an afterthought or don’t consider at all. This is a big mistake and, ultimately, will make your outdoor space look sloppy. Garden edging is a must to give your garden a crisp outline and make it look well cared for.

These creative garden edging ideas can help you figure out how to finish off the edge of your garden to give it a professional look.

1. Brick

A brick edging around your garden beds gives your landscaping a traditional design. You could stand them up on end to stand straight up or give them a slight lean at a 45-degree angle.

A modern take on bricks is to set them into the ground so that they are flat and flush with the ground.

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If bricks are too traditional for your taste, you can use cinder blocks instead. They have more of an industrial or commercial feel.

Your landscape design should make sense with your home style and architecture. With this in mind, cinder blocks may not be the right look you’re going for, and instead, poured concrete edging might create a better accent.

 

2. Curve

Give your garden an elegant design that mimics the sprawling gardens of luxury homes. Add a curved border that arches in and out as it snakes its way around your garden beds. You could use concrete edging material, but this can get expensive. Instead, a more affordable option is to use plastic edging. It’s lightweight, flexible, and easy to install yourself.

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Be sure to seat the edging deep enough into the ground, or you risk it popping up over time. It also only comes in green or black, which can be limiting in your garden design.

 

3. Garden Bed

Consider what you plan to grow in your garden bed when choosing your edging material. You want to have a cohesive garden design.

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Flower beds look beautiful with a more decorative or creative edge. This elevates the look of your landscaping.

If, instead, you’re adding a vegetable garden edge, you could opt for a rustic design like railroad ties. They have a rustic design but are also durable. A sleek and modern-looking garden bed will look best with an edging that matches, such as metal or dark river rocks.

 

4. Metal

Metal is one of the most durable materials when considering garden border ideas. It’s perfect for when you have grass that is adjacent to the garden. The metal is strong enough to hold the lawn edge back and prevent the grass from encroaching on the garden.

If you decide to use metal, be careful when mowing your lawn. The metal should stick up high enough that you don’t accidentally run over it with your lawnmower. You’ll damage the metal edging and your lawn mower’s blades if you hit it. 

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Choose your metal edge carefully. Powder-coated steel is durable and sleek in black. Aluminum is lightweight but also easily bent. Untreated metal will eventually rust and corrode, but if this is the look you’re going for, it can add a bright orange hue to your landscape design.

 

5. Mulch

If you’re concerned about your plants not getting enough water or suffering from harsh sun exposure, then mulch is a smart choice. It can be made from wood or rubber and comes in a range of shades. You’ll buy it by the bag and spread it out over landscape fabric to cover your entire garden area. 

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Make sure you layer it a few inches deep to get the biggest benefit. Once in place, it will trap moisture in the ground and prevent it from evaporating. The mulch also blocks the sun’s UV rays.

While you don’t need an extra edge between the mulched garden and your lawn, high rains can cause the mulch to float around. Adding extra edging material can prevent this.

 

6. Pebbles

Small pebbles are easier to work with than river rocks. Use a metal edge for a low-profile edge that will hold the stones in place to give your garden a natural edge. 

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Another option is to use a gabion wall. This is a stacked stone edge where the stones are stacked and held in place with a metal wire mesh. The metal holds the river stones in place to create a solid wall. Your gabion wall can be built with natural stones or with river rocks.

 

7. Raised Garden

Building up your landscaping to create a raised garden bed can add visual interest to your property. Raised beds also give you more earth below for growing plants and can give you more space.

Place a raised flower bed behind a not raised bed, and now you have two levels for growing your desired arrangement. 

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Using landscape timber is popular for this type of garden border. These are large, heavy, and square beams that get stacked on top of each other to act as a retaining wall. Another option is to use a gabion wall, stacked stone, or pavers instead of timber.

 

8. Stone

Using natural stone edging gives your garden an earthy look. The natural look is popular in landscape edging ideas because it blends in with the garden and landscaping.

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You can also use any type of natural stone that will make sense with where you live. It could be smooth and round grey river rocks. Or you could have a line of tiny pea gravel.

Lava rocks give your garden a deep red earthy look. Crushed granite comes in bright white and shades of grey for a durable edge material.

 

9. Unique

So far, we’ve talked about traditional and standard materials and methods for giving your garden an edge. But they aren’t your only option. You can get creative with your lawn edging by using non-traditional materials.

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Perhaps you line the edge with terracotta pots, vintage plates, or trimmed metal sheeting. There are plenty of creative garden edging ideas that can give your garden an artistic touch. For example, you could bury glass wine bottles upside down in the ground.

Instead of standing the terracotta pots up, nest them inside each other and lay them on their side to bury them halfway into the ground. Build a concrete edge that you add a mosaic tile design. If you live near the coast, you can use a line of seashells.