On the Edge: 16 Garden Borders You Can Make

No newly cut garden bed is complete without some edging to distinguish it from the rest of your yard. Installing landscape edging is an easy DIY project that makes a major impact on the aesthetics of your outdoor space. There are a great variety of edging materials to choose from: metal, stone, brick, plastic, concrete, or wood. You can purchase something at a big box store, or special order your materials if you want to buy your edging. Or, you can save some money and make your own landscape edging with any number of recycled and found materials— glass bottles, steel pipes, clam shells, and even dinner plates. A creative DIY edging can help infuse your garden with a unique sense of style that reflects your personality. Here are some terrific and inventive garden edging ideas to get you started.

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  1. Bottles "Pop"


    Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials, this border would look great with bottles of any color!


  2. Lovely Limbs


    A truly organic approach is to line your landscaping beds with fallen tree branches. Regular maintenance may be needed to keep things tidy, but the beautiful result is both earth- and wallet-friendly.


  3. River Rock Mosaic


    This gracious polished stone mosaic creates a sleek transition from walkway to grass. While it’s a custom treatment with a custom look, it’s one that any industrious DIYer could accomplish as well.


  4. Clam It Up


    Large, whole clam shells make a unique edge between grass and flower beds. Sun-bleached and natural, this beachy border almost conjures up the ocean wind.


  5. Pipe Dreams


    Repurposed steel pipes form an industrially inspired border of narrow, cylindrical planters that show off succulents in style. No need to worry about the age of your pipes: A rusted patina has earthy appeal and evokes a sense of history.


  6. Dinner Al Fresco


    An eclectic collection of dinner plates makes a whimsical and unexpected border for this mature garden bed. Anyone up for a picnic?


  7. Terra-Cotta Cool


    Turn your unused flower pots upside down for a bright, no-frills terra cotta border. Later in the season, when it's time to repot, the planters can be returned to service. 


  8. Cinder-Block Style


    Cinder blocks define a simple, geometric edge between driveway and plantings. For good drainage, keep the holes facing out, or you can turn them up to make a series of mini planters.


  9. Bamboo Beauty


    Staggered-height bamboo lends a Zen-like effect, plus the plant's fast rate of growth makes it a sustainable resource, not to mention an economical one. Oh, and it looks great, too!


  10. Brick Works


    Bricks aren't just for walkways and patios. Here, red clay bricks are set side by side on an angle to create a beautiful garden bed border. Buy new bricks—or pick up salvaged ones for added character!


  11. At the Forest's Edge


    Now that winter has passed, try turning your leftover wood logs into a dramatic raised border. Birch logs, shown here, offer a stunning contrast to surrounding greenery.


  12. Scrap Wood


    Reclaimed wood, cut to various lengths, can artfully punctuate your garden beds. Even small scraps are enough to incorporate. Weathered, stained or painted, it brings a playful feeling to your plantings.

    The Garden Glove

  13. Woven Wattle


    Woven wattle fencing has had popularity for centuries in Europe. It lends a rustic charm to a landscape or garden border. Made by weaving thin branches (most commonly willow or hazel wood) through stakes, it forms a latticework that is all natural and earth-friendly.

    Living Forest Farm

  14. Plants


    A purposefully planted border of herbs or flowers can make an outstanding landscape border. You’ll want to make sure it is something that grows neatly, or can be kept that way. This herb border makes a stunning separation between a mulched bed and sand garden path.


  15. Stacked Stone


    A stacked stone landscape edging offers agrarian charm for minimal effort. With no mortar required for borders less than 18 inches high, it’s a look that can be easily achieved by a DIY beginner who doesn’t mind the lifting and carrying of the stones.

    Stone Tree Landscaping Materials

  16. River Rock


    Big river rock has a natural and informal look, and is easy to install. Its cottage feel is enhanced by growing stone-loving plants, like sedum and thyme, in and around it.

    A Cultivated Nest

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