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57 Garden Border Ideas to Give Your Lawn an Edge

Perk Up Perimeters with These Creative Garden Border Ideas

Although simple borders can work well, there are actually loads of ways to finish off your garden edges.

If you’re looking for something a bit more inspiring than a traditional grass verge, you’ve come to the right place! Here at DIY Garden we’ve researched the best garden border ideas to give your garden an edge. From low maintenance options, to full garden renovations, there’s something to suit every budget and taste!

Take a look at this list of 57 garden border ideas: 

1. Utilise Leftover Breeze Blocks

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Starting with a simple, low maintenance fix: leftover breeze blocks are ideal for creating a garden border that will hem in raised flower beds. After laying pebbles or gravel for drainage, arrange your blocks as desired and cement them with mortar mix. 

2. Create Raised Beds with Corten Steel

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This garden border idea turns borders into an interesting visual feature using corten steel. The warm colour gives a rustic feel; plus, it tends to look even better with wear, making this another great low maintenance option.

3. Draw the Eye with Curved Edges

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rebel against the formality of straight lines by embracing curved edges. A great option for small gardens, curved garden borders create a sense of movement, producing a soft and flowing aesthetic. 

Create a new border, or update the ones you’ve already got, with tips from our useful guide: How to Create a Garden Border.

4. Show Off Beds with Minimalist Edging 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Edging doesn’t have to be bright and bold. Create a subtle boundary by investing in some invisible edging pieces. This is one of the best garden border ideas for reinforcing a border without changing its appearance; it’ll help keep borders low maintenance, too.

5. Add Dimension with Pebbles

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pebbles create a clean line of separation. They can be used to add interest to garden borders anywhere in your outdoor space. This stunning garden border idea is both easy to achieve and fantastically low maintenance. Grab some pebbles from your local garden centre.

6. Use Rope Fencing to Create Zones

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to fence off an area of your garden but you’re not keen on harsh structures, opt for rope fencing. This gives the illusion of separation without breaking the flow of the garden. 

7. Add a Rustic Feel with Flat Logs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a magical woodland atmosphere with flat log edging along garden borders. The logs create their own naturally curving path to bring a sense of movement to the space. 

8. Install Metal Fencing for Decoration

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to keep children and dogs off your flower beds, decorative metal fencing is a great garden border idea. This low maintenance border will prevent little feet from trampling garden borders whilst bringing decoration to your lawn. 

9. Repurpose Empty Wine Bottles

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Why not do your bit for the environment, whilst adding visual appeal to garden borders, by using empty wine bottles as edging. Simply dig a trench and bury the bottles as deep as you like. This is one of the best garden border ideas on a budget!

10. Line Beds with Evergreen Herbs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Say goodbye to traditional edging by lining your beds with evergreen shrubs and herbs. Rosemary, thyme and lavender are the most popular options, adding shape, fragrance and texture to your borders year-round.

11. Decorate with Lava Pebbles

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Uniquely formed when hot lava meets the ocean, lava pebbles will add a sense of wonder to your garden borders! Available as large rocks or small pebbles they have an enticing, speckled appearance. You can often pick these up from garden centres.

12. Use Limestone for a Contemporary Finish

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Modern and stylish, limestone is a versatile edging material that looks very tidy. It’s a great choice for gardeners looking to create a neat landscape with crisp garden borders. Limestone works well with either raised or flat beds. 

13. Draw the Eye with Antique Wheels

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Make your garden border a focal point by creating a feature out of antique wheels. These can be salvaged from old agricultural machinery and arranged along the edges of your flower beds for a stunning display. 

14. Install a Mini Picket Fence

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Timeless and traditional, a white picket fence will beautifully frame your beds. 

15. Create Multifunctional Edging with a Wall Seat

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’ve not got a huge amount of space in your garden, multi-functional edging is a great option to consider. An edging wall that doubles up as a seating bench helps highlight, enclose and protect your borders while simultaneously providing a place to sit! 

16. Create Impact with a Pebble Mosaic

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Seven Year Stitch (@sevenyearstitch)

Pebble mosaics are incredibly eye-catching. Either go all-out and lay one across your entire path as pictured above, or simply use the technique to liven up edges. 

17. Use Concrete for Industrial Chic

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When combined with natural materials, concrete can look very modern. Create a contemporary garden by using concrete to edge your borders and contrast the colour with a luscious green planting scheme. Concrete gives a structured feel whilst being incredible low maintenance! 

18. Welcome Sustainability with Coir Rope

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A fantastic choice for borders, coir rope can be used to create curves in any size you like, as well as straight edges. Coir is biodegradable and can even help to repel slugs! These are multipurpose border ideas we can definitely get behind!

19. Embrace the Seaside with Shells

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you live by the coast or you want to pretend you live by the coast, using large seashells to line your borders is a great way to add a nautical touch to your garden. For this garden design you can purchase them online, or hit the beaches to find some yourself!

20. Use Terracotta for an Earthy Aesthetic

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Earthy and rustic, terracotta looks great in any outdoor space. This Victorian rope terracotta edging brings a formal look to beds and borders. Pair it with prairie style planting (think: ornamental grasses and flowering perennials) for visually stunning borders.

21. Vary Height to Add Interest 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bring a touch of dynamicity to your beds by altering the height of stone edging. This border design brings a surprising and modern aesthetic. Plus, you can echo the staggered edges with your planting scheme, by varying the height of your plants, to add layers of visual interest to the garden. 

22. Define Flower Beds with Bamboo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bamboo is one of the best types of garden edging. Not only does it look great, but it’s fully natural and highly renewable. It can be installed vertically following any straight or curved border. 

23. Use Woven Sticks for a Rustic Look

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take a trip back to Mediaeval Britain by getting to grips with stick weaving! Bringing a rustic but infinitely stylish look to your garden, this is one of the more eco-friendly and affordable edging ideas. 

24. Create Waves with Sandstone Walls

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Add movement to gardens with undulating curved sandstone walls. Vary the height of the walls to create waves that will open up your garden vertically. 

25. Make a Creative Statement

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Kari Ballestracci (@frogrockvintage)

If you want to make a real statement, why not see what you can salvage to use as edging! Old road signs have a real visual impact. 

26. Create Raised Beds with Corrugated Steel

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show off your raised beds with corrugated steel. Designed to withstand the elements and add an industrial flair to your garden, this edging solution will do a great job protecting plants.

27. Choose Classic Brick Edging

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Although traditional, brick edging doesn’t have to be boring. Concentrate on aligning your bricks perfectly as this will give your borders a professional finish. 

28. Build Neat Beds with Wooden Panels

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you love clean, crisp lines, wooden block panels are a fantastic choice. Use to build neat, raised flowerbeds in your garden, or to separate your lawn from the patio area as pictured above. 

29. Upcycle Wooden Pallets

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There’s seemingly no limit to the versatility of wooden pallets! Good for the environment and great for your garden, pallets can be painted in your favourite colour and used to protect your beds. 

30. Weave Willow for a Traditional Statement

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rustic, durable and flexible, weaved willow is one of the best edging ideas for traditional country gardens. Use it to enclose your fruit and vegetable patches, or simply as a charming garden border for your flower beds. 

31. Recycle Rubber for Lifelong Edging

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Save rubber from landfill by using recycled rubber to edge your garden. Stylish, eco-friendly and extremely long lasting, this is one of the best types of garden edging for those who want to do good for the planet! 

32. Discover the Joys of a Gabion Wall 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Clean and modern, a gabion rock wall can be used to line raised garden beds. To make a DIY gabion wall, you’ll need concrete mesh, wire, and rocks in various shapes and sizes. 

33. Border Garden Beds with Large Rocks

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show off your raised beds with large rocks stacked on top of each other. The mis-match aesthetic brings its own unique charm. Edging your beds with rocks as pictured above will bring a magical woodland quality to your garden. 

34. Illuminate Your Borders

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you regularly use your garden after the sun goes down, one of the best garden border ideas will be to integrate lighting into your borders. For this border design, consider floor lights or solar-powered stakes

35. Create a Kids’ Area

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t forget to section off an area for the kids to play! Rubber or plastic tends to be the best edging material as it’s durable and safe. 

36. Mix and Match Edging Ideas

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mix and match different types of edging for a more unique look. Combining textures can create a contemporary garden design and bring a sense of individuality to garden borders. In the garden above, ornamental grasses bring a fantastic feeling of modernity when combined with stone edging and pebbles.

37. Add Movement with Undulating Borders

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Undulating borders can give a wave-like feel which can help open up the space in small gardens. Consider your planting scheme and use plants to enhance the undulating effect by allowing them to spill over the garden border edges. 

38. Incorporate Solar Light Bricks

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Alternating traditional bricks with solar light bricks will give you a garden border that’s sleek and understated during the day, but comes alive at night. You don’t need many to make a real impact! 

39. Line Beds with an Evergreen Hedge

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a seriously smart look, a perfectly manicured evergreen hedge will bring unrivalled structure to your garden. It’s a great way to bring even more greenery to your outdoor space, particularly because evergreen shrubs will continue to provide year-round interest.

40. Play with Orientation

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Go against the grain by opting for a classic edging material and putting your own spin on it. Pictured above, for instance, is traditional brick edging arranged in an unorthodox way. Dig a trench for the bricks then simply lay them against each other. 

41. Split the Edging Around Your Pond

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Some well-designed edging can make the world of difference to your pond. Mixing up textures and materials will help attract a variety of wildlife. Lay a brick border along one side and a loose rock arrangement along the other. 

42. Use Large Timber Blocks

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a welcome change to standard timber edging, use logs to define raised borders. Either vary the height to add interest, or keep the height uniform for a neater finish. 

43. Protect Trees with Circular Edging

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Protect your trees from mower damage and defend against weed growth with a tree ring. A low brick wall adds instant aesthetic appeal.

44. Go Contemporary with Light Colours

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a luxurious feel, opt for light coloured stones or bricks. These have a strong impact visually and will bring a contemporary flair to your garden.

For best results, combine with plants that have coloured accents to match the brickwork, as in the garden design above.

45. Add Decorative Pebbles

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One of the most popular types of garden edging, pebbles are inexpensive and easy to come by. They can be purchased in a range of colours to complement your plants, creating distinct lines between your beds and lawn. 

46. Go for Concrete Planters in Modern Gardens

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Contemporary garden owners could opt for large concrete planters. Concrete is weather-resistant, long lasting and provides a strong barrier against weeds. It can also look extremely modern when whitewashed.

47. Integrate a Small Water Feature

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether it’s a traditional pond or modern mini stream, a small water feature can create an attractive garden border. Opt for durable edging such as concrete or stone and play with colours and textures.

48. Create a Rock Garden

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Smaller courtyard gardens can benefit hugely from a rock garden. Instead of traditional beds and garden borders, create pathways using different size rocks and pebbles. Add some alpine plants for the full rockery experience! 

49. Use Planters to Mark Pathways

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re lacking inspiration, why not mark garden pathways with planters? This is one of the best border ideas if you don’t want to make permanent changes.

Opt for round, individual planters as pictured above, or go for large steel planters if you’ve got a bit more space. 

50. Integrate Flower Beds into Decking

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Add character to your seating area by integrating flower beds into your decking. Choose a spot in a sunny position and grow tall ornamental grasses and flowers to make a real statement.  

51. Opt for a Traditional Stone Wall

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Traditional stone walls look beautiful in cottage-style gardens, combining well with native plants to create a low-maintenance planting style. 

52. Revamp Your Borders with Eucalyptus

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Perfect for flower beds, tree rings, walkways and more, eucalyptus is easy to install and timelessly stylish. Follow any shape border with ease. 

53. Use Edging to Section Seating Areas

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s not just your flower beds that can benefit from a garden border. Make your seating area stand out with pebbles and your choice of border, as pictured above. 

54. Create a Living Border

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Instead of traditional edging, separate your lawn from your pathways using a living border. The garden design above demonstrates how buxus balls can be used to create a smart and modern outdoor space. 

55. Go Ultra-Modern with Geometric Paving Slabs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Give your outdoor space an ultra-contemporary feel with some geometric paving slabs. An up-to-date, low maintenance way to create a dynamic walkway and garden border. 

56. Use Subtle Borders to Create Zones

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s not just your beds that can be separated using borders. Pictured above is a subtle paved garden border surrounding a seating area. Creating zones like this can help create structure in paved gardens.

57. Go for Plastic if You’re On a Budget

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After a low maintenance border? Plastic is one of the most affordable and low-maintenance edging materials. Opt for a continuous border made from recycled plastic, like the garden design above, or consider plastic cobblestones. 

FAQs

How can I make existing borders look better?

As well as taking inspiration from the 57 ideas above to freshen up the edges of borders, it’s important to think about border planting too.

Planting bulbs that will add seasonal interest is a great way to make borders look better. Include plants that will flower in early spring and late winter (pansies flower November – March). Combine these with evergreen shrubs for a planting style that will make borders pop year round.

How can I cheaply edge my garden?

The cheapest garden border ideas will make use of materials you already have. This could be unused planters, plates or bricks from a construction project. 

Alternatively, use free materials that you can find out and about in nature such as sticks, large stones and rubble.

Find out if your neighbours have had any landscaping work done; if they’ve got material left over, they will likely be happy to give it to you!

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