But, when you have a garden in your outdoors, you cannot just let these creations to grow in a haphazard manner. You have to make arrangements to contain them by preparing an edge or a border, so that they look even more attractive. Flower bed edging is a wonderful way of adding several aspects systematically to your garden, and using natural ideas could surely improve its aesthetic value.
Ideas to Consider
Along with flowers, it is very essential to add a border to these beds as they provide a specific amount of room for your plants to grow and the plants don't look messy and unmaintained. These edging ideas are also used to separate the area of the flower bed from a walkway, a deck, a water feature, etc., which is to be used for a different purpose. Thus, it is very important to give your garden an organized look, with beautiful flowers growing in a contained manner inside the edges. You can use a number of products such as stones, bricks, wood, metal, etc., to create these edges and match them with the rest of your garden.
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- One of the prettiest, most readily available, and convenient choices for materials are the different types of rocks. This can be used as a category to include bricks, stones, river rocks, and any other naturally produced lump of mineral.
- The reason why they are one of the best choices in flower gardens is that they are extremely cheap; they make the garden and bed look very close to nature, and they are endlessly durable in any weather condition for as long as you would expect.
- To start with their aesthetic beauty, having an edge built with red bricks can give your bed a very neat and organized look. The colors of these bricks also match most of the flowering plants that people usually have in their gardens.
- Medium and large-sized stones, on the other hand, look more raw because they lack shape and specificity. However, they make the bed look more natural and authentic. River rocks, both big and small (polished), also look very presentable.
- Another broad category of edging styles is the use of wood in any form, such as planks, logs, railroad ties, fences, etc. These are also one of those choices, which are very convenient to find and are durable for a long time.
- If you have a large flower bed, you can combine stone and wooden edges to make the border strong and effective. But, using singular edges can prove to be more economical in nature. Using planks or pre-built wooden fences makes a solid border, providing the plants with enough space to grow.
- Logs or railroad ties, on the other hand, are used in cases of country or modern gardens, and they give the bed an explicitly rustic coat. The horizontal wooden edges are very durable in harsh weather conditions and thus, they last longer and don't need much maintenance.
- Wooden lattice fences could work to give your bed, more of a vegetable garden look. Since these white or varnished fences have a traditional and timeless feel to them, they can complement the area very well.
- If you do not want to depend on the durability of natural edging materials like rocks and wood, but would like to have their effects, you should go for artificial products such as concrete, metal, wire fences, PVC, etc.
- You would have to invest some extra money in these, but there are no maintenance costs for these materials. Concrete edging for beds are similar to the rock counterparts, but these are built in the ground and are stronger than the bricks.
- Metal edging, on the other hand, is slightly more expensive, as you could use short, wrought iron fences for bordering your beds. However, these look very stylish as they are black and gel beautifully with colored flowers.