If you’re designing your garden, it can help to think of all the different levels that come together to create the final result. You have your large feature trees, your screening plants, shading plants, shrubs, and of course, ground coverage. Another element to think about is how you create your garden edges.
When it comes to the question of what can be used for garden borders, the answer is pretty much anything you can think of! Garden borders and edges can be designed using timber, bricks, natural stones, flowers, or a combination of several methods.
Check out our list of six garden bed edging ideas for a little inspiration!
Planting small border plants is one way of defining your garden edges, and doing so with brightly coloured flowers can draw attention to your garden. There are lots of different flowers that can be used as garden borders. Agapanthus make for a popular border plant, with bright purple or white flower clusters at the end of a long stem. Kangaroo paw are a great Australian native plant for garden borders. Other options can include begonias, alyssum, and marigolds.
Bricks and pavers can be used as easy, low-maintenance garden edges. Garden edging ideas for brick can include laying them in a diagonal slanted pattern, or digging a trench and placing them within it. Pavers can be laid flat along the edge of your garden bed to create a defined divide. One great thing about pavers (other than their hardiness) is that they’re available in a range of different shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose a design that suits your aesthetic.
If you’re after a more organic look for your space, you may like to create your garden borders using natural stone. Natural stone can be purchased at many nurseries and landscaping stores, and you can even choose one that is sourced locally if you wish. There are many types of natural stone to pick from, so you’ll have plenty of choice when selecting one that works with your garden. Once positioned, these stones can stay in your garden for decades, making them a very low-maintenance option for garden edges.
Those looking for a raised garden edge may like to consider a gabion wall. These walls are built using multiple stones, held in place with metal wiring. It gives a simple, natural look while also working as a retaining wall to keep any soil, mulch, or plants in place. Gabion walls are available in a range of different colours, from grey stones, brown stones, white stones, or a variety. The stone sizing of a gabion wall can also be chosen. You may like to install a gabion wall that is crafted from many small stones, or one that is built using larger stones that have been positioned closely together.
Aromatic plants and flowers can be planted as garden borders, so guests are welcomed to your space with a lovely scent. Lavender is a popular plant for garden edges. These hardy plants are drought tolerant and produce a wonderful aromatic scent. There are lots of different lavender types available, including English lavender, French lavender, and Spanish/Italian lavender. The flowers of this plant can be picked, dried, and added to arrangements.
Timber gives a lovely, natural look to a garden edge. It’s relatively inexpensive (depending on the type of timber you choose), and can be positioned along straight borders. While not quite as durable as bricks, pavers, or natural stone, timber is still pretty long-lasting, so you shouldn’t need to replace it often. Choose a finish and style that suits your space and create a natural garden border with timber.
Low decorative fencing can be used to build an elegant border for your garden. Fencing can be created from metal, wood, or bamboo and is generally pretty easy to put in place. Lots of different fencing designs are available, from natural bamboo looks through to simple metal creations. Different height options are also available, and larger ones can be chosen for different purposes (such as keeping an excitable dog away from your prized flowers!). Pick a fence that suits the style of your garden and position it as your garden edge.
There are so many wonderful options to choose from when it comes to picking your garden borders and edges. If you can’t decide on one, you can always combine a few different styles. For example, you may like to create a natural stone border and then plant lavender bushes within the marked-off space. You may decide to plant a few marigolds within your garden bed and then mark the edge of the area with neatly arranged bricks.
We hope you found some garden edging and border inspiration to level up your garden. And remember, the Jim’s Mowing team is always available to assist you with your gardening needs.
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