There are a number of creative and inexpensive ways to achieve a nice border feature in the garden. Depending on your desired outcome, you can choose from the simplest and most subtle landscape border materials such as steel, plastic, or aluminum. With the right tools and materials, you can easily create a nice and crisp garden border that’s both functional and stylish.
Garden Border Types
The first step to get the perfect look for your landscape is by choosing the best edger for your garden. Whatever option you choose, always consider certain factors such as the style of your garden and whether the design is practical and affordable.
A metal garden border has the best long-lasting quality and will give your garden a commercial appeal. Steel borders are the most common type, and typically come in 4-inch wide by 10-foot long strips in a variety of colors. It can be normal steel material, corrugated or rusty to achieve a contemporary look. Another type is aluminum which is not only lighter and stiffer, it also won’t rust and comes in a wide variety of colors.
A wood garden border has styles that can range from natural finish to fence versions which have a decorative appeal. If you have large garden areas, you may opt for popular materials such as railroad ties and landscape timbers.
A plastic garden border is available in decorative “fence” styles or rolls. Plastic is strong, light, cheap, durable and unique. It comes in various designs, patterns, colors, shapes and sizes.
Composite garden borders are made from recycled wood materials that offer a wood grain texture. Some of its advantages include being long-lasting; having the ability to resist decay, mildew and mold; being resistant to fertilizers; and doesn’t splinter.
Stone, brick or concrete garden borders give your landscape a more formal appearance. You can use rocks, cobblestone, flagstone, concrete pavers, cast concrete, crushed rock, and cinder block.
Other Garden Border Ideas
The best thing about adding a garden border feature to your landscape is that you don’t need to follow any strict rules or instructions. You only need to know your material, understand your garden well, and have the right tools to use.
The following are just some of the garden border materials and ideas that you can also try if you want to unlock your creative side:
1. Recycled Bottles
2. Woven Garden Hoses
3. Braided and Woven Vines
4. Low-Growing Plants (sweet alyssum, bouncing bet, coralbells, Artemisia, candytuft)
5. Gabion Walls
6. Terracotta Pots
7. Bicycle Wheels
8. Airy Shell Plates
9. Car Rims
10. Bowling Balls
Manufactured Garden Border
Using a manufactured garden border is perhaps the easiest way to edge a lawn or flower bed. This pre-made material that’s usually plastic in nature can be installed quickly. One popular option is using pound-in interlocking pieces which you can simply pound into the ground with a rubber mallet and then bend the sections in order to form the desired angle. Other options include the EasyFlex no dig variety, grey cobbled stone plastic garden border, flexi-curve garden border, and white marble garden border.