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42 Stunning Garden Bed Edging Ideas That You Need To See

If you are anything like me, when you see empty yard space, you see future garden potential. And depending on what your plans are concerning flower, stone, or vegetable garden beds, you probably have a preliminary idea of how you want your garden edging to look once it’s finished. Picking out plants is the easy part, but have you seriously considered the steps needed before adding in your favorite greenery? Pair flower beds with metal patinas, stone gardens with weathered lumber, and vegetable beds with discarded bottles- or any other awesome combination presented!  Read on for a unique selection of gardening bed edging ideas that are easy and cheap to customize for your space.
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42 Stunning Garden Bed Edging Ideas That You Need to See

  1. Raise That Garden Up (On Legs)!
  2. Turn Your Old Wines Boxes into Raised MIni-Beds
  3. Speaking of Reusing…You Can Do WHAT With Old Tires?!
  4. Didn’t you know? Recycling Bottles is All the Rage!
  5. To Continue on the Topic of Recycling, What Are You Doing With All Those Bricks?
  6. Lacking Reusables? Why Not Use the Garden AS Your Border?
  7. Cinder Block Versatility. Is There Really ANYTHING You Can’t Do With These Things?
  8. Got Rocks (and Some Fencing Wire)?
  9. One Man’s Junk is Another’s Garden Treasure!
  10. Railway Sleepers Provide Dimension to Your Garden
  11. Metal House Roofing & Siding Isn’t Just For Your Home Anymore
  12. Dig Out That Box Of Seashells From Your Childhood
  13. Firewood, or Rustic Garden Border???
  14. Weave a Pattern For Your Yard Space
  15. Create Steel Patina Using Metal Edging
  16. Landscaping Bricks Create Beautiful Beds and Borders
  17. Whoa! Straw for Bedding, But NOT For Livestock!
  18. Don’t Toss That Broken Dish!
  19. Put That in Your Pipe and…
  20. Traditional Edging Is Always Classic and Clean
  21. Your Back Will Thank You!
  22. Loggin’ It
  23. Weave a Little Nest
  24. Gotta Lotta Terracotta
  25. Miss Match a Modern Touch
  26. Stock Tanks – Not Just for Rural Spaces
  27. Mingle Materials
  28. Modern Lines Meets Rustic Materials
  29. Concrete Corners
  30. Square Up Those Willow Branches
  31. Railway Rustic
  32. Get Vertical – With Pavers That Is!
  33. Vertical IS Obviously the New Horizontal
  34. You Don’t Need a Roofer For This Awesome ‘Roofing’ Idea
  35. Take a Load Off
  36. And…We’re Vertical! Again!
  37. Let the Flowers Flow
  38. Stone Appeal
  39. Another Roofing Genius Hack!
  40. Grow a Bigger & Better Border
  41. Invert Your Pathways
  42. An All Time Favorite

Pick Your Favorite!

#1 Raise That Garden Up (On Legs)!

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A great way to keep wildlife and dogs out of your garden beds is to raise them off the ground. Sturdy lumber easily supports basic small fruits, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Plus, it takes the strain off your back weeding, and they are movable if the area isn’t suitable in the future.

#2 Turn Your Old Wines Boxes into Raised MIni-Beds

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Good wines are often shipped to distributors (or you!) in neat wooden boxes that you can typically pick up from your local liquor store for free. Lined with a good waterproofing material, and you have a cool series of raised beds to intersperse among your space, flower planters, or a neat way to tier your vegetation.

#3 Speaking of Reusing…You Can Do WHAT With Old Tires?!

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Whether you halve them for garden edging, use them as planters, stack them for dimension, paint them, or hang them… the uses for old tires in your garden is endless. Since millions of old tires are discarded each year, why not head down to your local tire shop and see what you can resuse in your garden?

#4 Didn’t you know? Recycling Bottles is All the Rage!

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Spiral gardens are a great conversation piece and can be placed almost anywhere in a yard or garden to add interest. Garden edging that incorporate discarded bottles are always interesting and create such a cute little tiered area- I’ve been convinced to start saving my bottles for a new project! Time to drink up!

#5 To Continue on the Topic of Recycling, What Are You Doing With All Those Bricks?

#6 Lacking Reusables? Why Not Use the Garden AS Your Border?

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Want a garden border, but don’t want to take the time to collect materials, or purchase the same decorative fencing as everyone else? Consider a living border of boxwood. Boxwood is easy to shape, is low maintenance and looks great with virtually everything.

#7 Cinder Block Versatility. Is There Really ANYTHING You Can’t Do With These Things?

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Cinder blocks are seriously one of the best materials to use for DIY there is. Not only are they strong and inexpensive, they are a great choice for fantastic garden edging and raised beds. Plus, they double as mini planters when tipped open side up! You can even paint them for a personalized touch.

#8 Got Rocks (and Some Fencing Wire)?

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River rock is varied in shapes and colors, and is a great garden bed or border material to work with. With a roll of narrow wire paneling material, some tools and corner supports, you can create a cool series of planters and borders in your garden.

#9 One Man’s Junk is Another’s Garden Treasure!

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Jazz up your garden edge using discarded old bike wheels either halved or buried to create a rolling border for your flowers to peek their way though. Or use them as an unique support to create living border out of vining plants!

#10 Railway Sleepers Provide Dimension to Your Garden

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Placing railroad sleepers vertically, rather than horizontally, adds flow and interest to any garden border.  Use a chainsaw to cut the lengths you desire, remembering to add the amount you’ll want to bury for sturdiness.

#11 Metal House Roofing & Siding Isn’t Just For Your Home Anymore

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Metal panels are rust proof, fade proof, and are generally a great choice for both fencing and garden edging when combined with the correct framing materials. Pair with sturdy lumber to create a unique look.  Added bonus? It comes in a variety of colors!

#12 Dig Out That Box Of Seashells From Your Childhood

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I have a box of shells collected from various vacations through the years I need to put to use! Depending on the beach (either freshwater or salt), usually a half hour walk in one direction will get you enough shells to add an interesting and one-of-a-kind border to your garden. Follow the link here for even more ideas.

#13 Firewood, or Rustic Garden Border???

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No need to have a fireplace to order up some firewood! An unsplit cord of firewood adds an eclectic, and woodsy touch to your garden beds when placed vertically.  Looking for a more delicate touch? Head out to your local forest land with an inexpensive firewood permit to choose your shapes and sizes.

#14 Weave a Pattern For Your Yard Space

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Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#15 Create Steel Patina Using Metal Edging

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Generally inexpensive, steel edging isn’t just for building. Bury an edge in ground and use it to create a meandering garden border that will weather year after year and add rustic appeal to any type of yard.

#16 Landscaping Bricks Create Beautiful Beds and Borders

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Backyard basics are always a good choice to keep your garden simple and organized. But who said you have to use traditional material in a traditional way? Landscaping bricks can be used in a variety of ways to create individual beds, walkway borders, and support for tiered gardens. Let your imagination run wild!

#17 Whoa! Straw for Bedding, But NOT For Livestock!

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The last few years have shown just how versatile straw can be for your garden. It’s not just for grass seedling protection anymore! Use bales to both build up raised garden beds and plant directly in them! As a purely organic source they hold moisture well without creating a humid, rotting environment.

#18 Don’t Toss That Broken Dish!

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Broken happens. But put that cracked or aged china to good use in your garden as a decorative and unique border idea! Most thrift store have entire sets for $10 or less if you don’t want mismatched ‘place settings’, and what’s a better way to add color and design to your yard!

#19 Put That in Your Pipe and…

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It might be an old saying, but what’s better than filling up leftover cut pipe with decorative rock and awesome succulents to create a border that is sure to have your guests wishing they were that innovative?  Personally I’ve been inspired and just found a great use to some leftover pipe I have from fencing!

#20 Traditional Edging Is Always Classic and Clean

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There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

#21 Your Back Will Thank You!

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Raised garden beds using all sorts of material seem to be the rage, but instead of going with traditional circles and rectangles, why not mix it up and provide easy access to the entire garden? No more reaching into the middle rows and straining your back or trying to find balance- instead keep your vegetable rows within reach with this great shape!

#22 Loggin’ It

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If there is a tree coming down somewhere nearby, do yourself a favor and take the dimensions of your garden bed border and ask if you can get the trunk cut to length in return for hauling it off. Tree trunks offer interesting texture and shape, not to mention they can be customized as border planters or notched for walkways!

#23 Weave a Little Nest

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Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#24 Gotta Lotta Terracotta

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It might be an old saying, but what’s better than filling up leftover cut pipe with decorative rock and awesome succulents to create a border that is sure to have your guests wishing they were that innovative?  Personally I’ve been inspired and just found a great use to some leftover pipe I have from fencing!

#25 Miss Match a Modern Touch

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Rocks come in all shapes and sizes, and if you aren’t keen on having too much weeding to do, a xeriscaped border area with minimal vegetation and artistically displayed rock is just what you need. You can easily customize your rock color and size to add depth and dimension to areas big and small.

#26 Stock Tanks – Not Just for Rural Spaces

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Depending on where you live, you can easily pick up stock tanks for next to nothing in rural areas as over time the bottoms weather and rust out, making them unsuitable for holding water. But don’t believe for one minute that their life is over, stock tanks make wonderful garden beds and provide nice curved edges to balance out any angles you may already have. Both galvanized and rubber tanks can be purchased online, or at a farm supply store if you have difficulty finding one not in use. Just remember to keep the drainage hole open to keep water from building up and drowning your vegetation.

#27 Mingle Materials

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Who said you have to have a uniformed garden border, or that you couldn’t mix and match the materials you use to help keep your beds separate? Provide aesthetic appeal by using a variety of materials in different shapes, sizes, and colors for overall garden interest!

#28 Modern Lines Meets Rustic Materials

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Nothing says I love my garden like using natural materials in the setting you create. This awesome idea uses rustic wooden posts with bulky rock to add variable texture and surprisingly clean lines to a well sculpted garden.

#29 Concrete Corners

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Bold white stucco and concrete faces keep this landscaping simple and refreshing in a small space, all while adding curbside appeal to a busy row of townhouses. Having a small space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden bed, or an original look.

#30 Square Up Those Willow Branches

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Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#31 Railway Rustic

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Railway sleepers create an abundance of appeal no matter how they are used, so check out these stacked and tiered garden beds using only ties and hand selected vegetation.

#32 Get Vertical – With Pavers That Is!

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Brick pavers may be traditional in nature, but imbedding them in ground placed vertically, instead of horizontally, is a fun twist to an old idea, and provides the same clean cut edging. Plus, you can mow right over them!

#33 Vertical IS Obviously the New Horizontal

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Seal together your square stepping stones to create a cool, over-the-top garden bed edging idea. This look is much easier than it looks and only requires your stone of choice and concrete to both set the stones in the ground, and to seal them together.

#34 You Don’t Need a Roofer For This Awesome ‘Roofing’ Idea

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Using a surprising take on both concrete roofing tiles and remesh (available at any building supply), this meandering and eclectic garden border is unique and simple to create. Plus, it’s durability will last year after year and hold up to whatever nature can throw at it!

#35 Take a Load Off

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Another take on railway sleepers, but this time don’t forget to add in your own restful places to sit and enjoy the beauty of your creations.

#36 And…We’re Vertical! Again!

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Posts don’t need to be placed horizontally or stacked to create a cool garden bed effect. Instead, try having them cut to uniform length to provide a sturdy garden bed that looks professional.

#37 Let the Flowers Flow

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Why not let the plants take all the attention? This Astilbe border made from a sturdy, shade loving perennial, will only get larger and more attractive year after year. Even if you don’t have a lot of shade, there are plenty of sun lovers that will appreciate creating the pathway of your dreams, many of which will bloom continuously.

#38 Stone Appeal

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Garden wall stones make a great addition to any border as you simply lay them together and walk away since they are created to ‘fit’ side by side. Their uniformity, but natural look is appealing to many gardeners.  Look here to see how it can help transform a space from blah to WOW!

#39 Another Roofing Genius Hack!

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Cypress and Cedar Roofing Shingles are impervious to termites, and make a great staggered garden border! If you live in an area where termites are not a problem and you won’t need to worry about drawing them close to your home, pallet wood cut up also works well and is generally free!

#40 Grow a Bigger & Better Border

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Use those plants! Seriously! Perennials make awesome borders, like these Hostas and Daylilies. Aren’t a fan? There are plenty of both tall and small plants that are sure to take your fancy as a colorful and living border idea.

#41 Invert Your Pathways

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Line your grass walkways with stunning rock gardens! I LOVE this look! The simplicity of the design and lush shades of green look like something out of a Jane Austin novel. Even if grass isn’t your thing, a fine pebble or even rocked walkway would highlight the vegetation regardless.

#42 An All Time Favorite

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There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

Pick Your Favorite!

I don’t know about you, but I have seen so many great ideas to incorporate into my yard and garden spaces I can even begin to figure where to start!  If you’ve been wondering what garden beds to add, or how to edge your areas, hopefully you’ve been inspired and have some ideas to get rolling with. Comment below with your favorite takes from the list above, and feel free to share with other garden and yard enthusiasts!

About The Author

Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod cuts a tragic figure in the High School English classroom teaching literature by day, and moonlighting as a writer and graphic artist by night. Published in a variety of travel magazines, and now a blog, Danielle enjoys coming up with home and garden projects to complete with her two young boys. A native of Michigan, she resides in Southeastern New Mexico with her variety of horses, poultry, and variable mix of rescue dogs (there’s a cat or two in there as well). In her free time she enjoys travel, art, photography, and a good book!

2 Comments

  1. Zac Spade

    Hi Danielle,

    Great post, I love the idea of using plates. Must give it a try next time. Right now I am using steel edging to put my plants in place.

    Keep it up
    Zac

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  2. Danielle mcleod

    Thanks Zac! We love being able to provide unique ideas for our readers to consider!

    Reply

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