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10 Best Gardening Edging Ideas for a Beautiful Bed

Make your garden look more finished with these great landscaping edging ideas.

Whether you’re growing herbs and flowers or fruits and veggies, garden edging is the finishing touch for any type of garden.

When placing landscape edging around garden beds, they’ll look more polished and your garden mulch will stay in place. Plus, it will add character and charm to your home’s curb appeal. For the best effect, look for edging that coordinates with the style of your house. 

Here are some of the best materials for edging your garden beds.

1. Plastic Garden Edging

Plastic is relatively easy to install. It’s available in long rolls of edging you peg into the ground.

Pros: Inexpensive and long-lasting

Cons: basic in design

2. Paver Stones

Pavers made from concrete are nearly indestructible. But they’re heavy to handle and time-consuming to install, so plan on a few days of heavy carrying and digging. You can make paths with pavers, or just use them for edging beds.

Pros: Lasts forever and very attractive

Cons: Time-consuming to install

3. Natural Rock

Rocks are available in an array of sizes, colors, and shapes, and creeping flowers look amazing tumbling over them! Simply line the edges of each bed, but opt for rocks that are the size of a soft ball or larger for the most visual impact. Visit a nursery or garden center for options.

Pros: Lasts forever

Cons: Takes time to fit them together in a pleasing way

4. Metal

Many types of steel edging is available which can be hammered into the ground. Painted finishes or stainless steel last the longest, but unfinished metal such as weathered steel has an attractive rustic appearance for country gardens.

Pros: Relatively easy to install

Cons: Hard on your hands; wear heavy gloves

5. Flagstone

Flagstone comes in many different shades and thicknesses. Set the flat pieces along the garden edge, or stack them for a classic look in a cottage or country garden. Check with your local nursery or garden center for options.

Pros: Pretty and lasts forever

Cons: Relatively expensive

6. Brick

Lay bricks in a shallow trench on their side with the wide side down, or stand them upright. The hardest part is getting everything level. Hint: Use a rubber mallet and line level on a string.

Pros: Lasts forever, relatively inexpensive

Cons: Labor-intensive to install

7. Poured Concrete

This is typically not a DIY job for newbies, as you must build a form, then mix and pour concrete into the mold. Consider hiring an expert, because mistakes are not easily fixed.

Pros: Lasts a long time

Cons: Can’t easily adjust the layout of the planting bed in future years

8. Shovel Edging

Here’s a great idea if you don’t like the look (or expense) of edging: Use an edging shovel, which looks like a half-moon, or a spade, to cut the grass away and create a sharp edge, which keeps grass from creeping into beds.

Pros: Clean look that works for all garden styles

Cons: Must be done annually, difficult in clay or rocky soils

9. Landscape Timber

If you’re handy with a saw, landscape timbers are a cost-effective method of edging. They’re often pressure-treated to prevent rotting. You’ll need to level the ground and cut sections as needed.

Pros: Inexpensive and long-lasting

Cons: Cannot be used to create curved borders

10. Decorative Fence

Small sections of fence are super-easy for lining a garden perimeter. Many different types and sizes exist including metal, wood, and plastic, so you’ll find the one that suits your garden’s style.

Pros: Easy to place

Cons: Easily damaged, doesn’t hold mulch in place