Bring beauty to a basic green lawn by defining the landscape with color and texture. Using bright, bold flowers and plants along the edge of a lawn to contrast with the landscape. Perennial flowers that come back each year ensure a constantly evolving lawn design. Stones like brick and flagstone have the ability to trace around any size or shape lawn for a defining border that doubles as a garden pathway.
Colorful plants and flowers edging the lawn create a lush, vibrant landscape design. When choosing the plants and flowers, map out a plan to ensure that when combined, they have enough room to grow up and out. In cooler climates, choose evergreen plants that withstand low temperatures and frost. Evergreens like cotoneaster are low growing and creep along the lawn edge for a striking design. Evergreens also keep their foliage and color all year long, making for a hardy edging plant. Mix in annual flowers between the evergreens to add color to the edge. Pansies and ornamental kale and cabbage add bright bursts of color and texture while taking up little space. Annual flowers grow only one season to be changed out the following year for a fresh, updated design.
In warmer climates, choose perennial flowers like cockscomb and verbena to add color and height to the edge. Both add a tropical flair to the border and come back each year taller and fuller. Low-growing evergreens like sedum and creeping thyme are ideal trailing vines to plant along the front of the edge to trail around the other plants and fill in empty spaces. Adding perennial bulbs along the border ensures color to the lawn throughout the year. For each season, plant a few bulbs to sprout up and around the other perennial flowers. Building up the plant border creates a finished look to the yard.
Brick edging along the lawn creates a bold line between the lawn and flower beds. Durable and weather-resistant, brick has a deep crimson color that contrasts with a green lawn. Use versatile brick stacked along sloped lawns and banks to create makeshift retaining walls that act as the lawn edge. Buried halfway into the ground, bricks create a flush edge along the border for a seamless look to the garden. For curved lawns, brick is ideal because installed side-by-side, the brick takes on the sweeping curves of the land to make a clear, well-defined edge.
Along the lawn edge, install a stone pathway to create a walkway around the yard that doubles as a resting spot while gardening and pruning plants and flowers. Flagstone paths create a long-lasting landscape addition that beckons you out to stroll around the yard. Lay the flagstone along the lawn edge in a path 2 to 3 feet wide. This width allows for gardening equipment like wheelbarrows to fit along the path. In between the flagstone, grow ground covers like blue star creeper or moss to contrast with the stones and create a bright burst of color. Over time, the ground cover also softens the stone edging to trace around each piece for a defined pathway.