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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
At the Forest's Edge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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