Find out about the best garden edging and boundary ideas to help you create a beautiful garden.
Creating a definition for the edge of your garden comes with a wide range of benefits that far outreach the practical purpose of the feature.
Edging can add colour, texture and interest to an otherwise often overlooked aspect of your garden design.
If you have considered having some fun with edging and boundaries to enhance the aesthetic of your outdoor space, we have plenty of tips and ideas to help you. But first, why and how?
Why Add Edging To Your Garden?
Edging on a lawn helps to secure the border preventing weeds and other plants from creeping in, and preventing the grass from creeping out.
With artificial grass, edging has quite a significant impact on the aesthetics of the turf. Edging can be the difference between an open plastic lawn, and a convincing natural-looking garden complete with synthetic turf.
If you’re considering laying artificial turf, you can read about the benefits of having it in your garden here.
How Do I Add Edging To My Garden?
If you want to add an edge to your garden, you can easily do so yourself. Some materials may require some advice or help from experts, but most of the time this is a job that even the most inexperienced gardeners can complete without much trouble at all.
Edging & Boundary Ideas For Your Garden
Here are some of our top edging and boundary ideas for your garden. We recommend being open-minded and creative with this home improvement job:
For tasks that require lower edging, seashells can look incredible as garden borders because they have so many unique colours. If you have the patience, yellow whelk shells are particularly striking even sprinkled amongst more generic coloured seashells. Just remember to source them responsibly.
Although plastic is not the most aesthetically pleasing option, it is the most convenient option for the average gardener. For a small amount of money, you can buy lots of edging for your latest garden project and install it very quickly with little more than a mallet.
The simplest option is often the easiest and cheapest. A purchased wooden fence can be any height you like and made of a wide range of materials. A key advantage is that you can paint it or stain it any colour you want, and change that colour every season on a whim if you feel like it.
Hedges can take a while to cultivate, but once placed, they can look beautiful. If you want a natural look without having to pay for a real hedge in time and money, why not consider artificial hedging?
Bricks/blocks is a popular and traditional edging option, especially in the UK. The cost of the materials can be high, but the building of the wall itself is rapid and easy.
If you want a more natural and even free option than brick, stone edging could be a great idea. Stones and rocks look particularly lovely to edge a rockery. You can find out how to lay rocks for edging here.
Woven edging is an adorable afternoon craft to enjoy if you want to create your garden edging. Hazel, willow and sweet chestnut make beautiful wattle, especially when soaked in water first.
Cut logs sourced sustainably make great garden edging. They are especially great for insects and other wildlife should you choose to avoid varnishing and instead allow the wood to remain in its natural state.
Terracotta is a stunning natural colour that makes a gorgeous edging in all kinds of forms. Smashed terracotta alone is a great lower border for garden zones. Pipes made from the material can not only look great but can also hold outdoor plants too.
If you like the material, but you don’t like the colour, terracotta can be painting as long as you use a suitable sealant and paint type.
You can use a wide range of plants to create a beautiful living garden border or edge. Which is particularly useful when creating a natural look for your artificial lawn, as plants that overlap the boundary help to blend the faux grass into your garden aesthetic. You can find lots of tips on choosing the best plants for your borders here.
If you can source them, railway sleepers are a brilliant option for garden borders. They add an air of heritage and British history while also ticking the eco-friendly box too. (extremely heavy!)
For the most practical gardeners, concrete can be a straightforward edging idea. Concrete is popular amongst homeowners who want their borders and edging to look modern. Although it is essential to recognise that cement can also be used to look a lot like traditional stone, the only difference is that it costs a lot less than the real thing.
Raised beds are an excellent idea for edging if you want to create more space to grow plants and foliage. They make quite the statement and can be practical if you’re going to be space-efficient. Trailing succulents and sedums can look attractive amongst splashes of bright flowers in the raised beds.
Herbs and veggies are other great ideas for filling your beds if you have always fancied growing your own.
Conclusion Of Garden Edging & Boundaries!
Hopefully, our ideas above have inspired you to think creatively about the next garden project that requires edging. Although it’s a solid finish for many garden projects, you can have some fun with it.
There are endless materials that you can use, and countless ways to make your garden stand out with this one feature alone.
Be creative, be brave and think outside the box, you’ll have all the more of an exciting garden for your efforts.
If you would like more tips and ideas to help your garden look great, take a look at our Wezaggle garden blog which is updated regularly.