5 Stylish and Functional Garden Edging Ideas

Whether you’re designing a garden from scratch or trying to figure out ways to make your current garden more attractive, you might want to consider looking at garden edging ideas. Garden edging is not mandatory. Plenty of gorgeous garden spaces simply sit right next to the lawn. But adding garden edging helps create a visual barrier between the garden and other spaces. It creates a certain visual logic in your yard. Functionally, lining a garden has its benefits; it can stop the plants from growing outside of their designated space. You can see several garden edging ideas below.

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Garden Edging Small Stone

Stone is an attractive way to line a garden. Image: Niza

Gravel/stone strip as garden edging

This no-fuss, functional idea creates some geometry in the space. As the photo above shows, stone makes a solid visual barrier separating the shrubbery from the rest of the lawn. It also shows how you can add geometric art to the style to further visually separate the space, as in the boxy brown features.

It’s an easy design in that it’s not difficult to line a garden or shrubbery space with stone. If you use mulch in your bedding, it also helps create a barrier between the grass and the mulch. That way, you’re not getting mulch mixed into the lawn while you try to carefully rake the mulch along the grass line.

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Garden Edging Gravel Pathway

Divider rock works well in segmented garden spaces. Image: Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction

Gravel paths and divider rock

Another idea for lining gardens is to place brick around the garden spaces themselves. This creates an easy and visually clean barrier. It’s especially useful if you have walking paths between the garden space, like in the design above.

This is a good design if you tend to grow a lot of different plants. That way, each patch of dirt can be devoted to one plant. For instance, one patch might have a certain type of flower and another might have ferns. A whole section could be devoted to growing different types of vegetables. This design lends an organizational logic to a landscape.

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Garden Edging Raised Garden

Raised gardens can be a convenient way to take care of plants. Image: Casa Smith Designs

Raised gardens

A classic way to designate a garden space is to go for a raised design. This can be helpful for people with bad backs, or anyone else who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time bending over when working in the garden. It’s also a visually appealing way to keep a garden organized and segmented.

The photo above shows some of the attractive designs a raised garden can make, like the star design in the middle of the space. Raised, segmented gardens are another good way to designate different spaces for a certain vegetable or herb. Keeping to a textured wood helps the space look natural and rustic.

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Garden Edging Brick Pathway

Brick pathways are a clean idea for segmenting a garden. Image: BrightView

Brick paths

Yet another attractive way to make garden edging is to go for a brick pathway design. A raised stone pattern on the edge of the path visually separates the path from the garden. And by choosing a tight brick design, you virtually eliminate the chance of weeds and other plants growing out into the pathway, as tends to happen in graveled areas.

Brick paths are a good design if you like to spend time strolling in your garden, as you can create as many winding pathways as your space can accommodate. And it’s another nice way to create patches of dirt that can be devoted to certain plant themes, if you wish.

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Garden Edging Rustic Pathway

Keep it looking rustic with naturally-cut stone. Image: FifthSeason

Rustic stone

You can also use some rustic stone as garden edging. The photo above shows how rough-cut stones set next to each other create an easy, natural garden lining. This design is a good way to create a barrier around a rustic gravel pathway because it helps the look keep to a more natural design.

As the photo above shows, this type of stone edging works well in spaces where the plant life is arranged to make it look like it’s more dense, free-growing and natural. If you don’t want a garden that looks too boxy and pre-planned, this is your design. In fact, it’s probably one of the most natural garden edging ideas.

How will you use garden edging to give your outdoor space new life?