How to Border Landscaping Stones


Garden edges serve as transitional tools in a landscape. Homeowners often choose to leave the border areas with a natural look to blend grass and garden in seamless harmony. Other designers choose to add a definitive border of landscaping stones to add a finishing touch to the landscape. Create a border of landscaping stones to separate the garden and bring attention to your living work of art. Softening the border with mulch and low-growing flowers allows this stunning landscape feature to perform its intended purpose.

Step 1

Visit the garden center to determine which plants best suit your border needs. Border plants consist of cultivars that reach a maximum height of 36 inches. Some varieties create mounds, while others trail over edging materials. Consider perennials such as hosta and creeping phlox or low-growing annual plants such as vinca, petunias or marigolds.

Step 2

Remove weeds from both sides of the landscape stone border. Tackle these nuisance plants properly before adding plants. Use a hoe to remove surface weeds and dig deeply to remove the whole root of mature weed plants to lessen future outbreaks.

Step 3

Rake back existing mulch to create a working space. The addition of new plants to a garden requires soil amendments to increase organic content and improve drainage. Cultivate the soil using the shovel and hoe to a depth of at least 8 inches.

Step 4

Pour a 3-inch layer of compost or peat moss onto the cultivated area. Work this organic material into the soil with another round of cultivation. Rake the soil smooth after adding amendments.

Step 5

Perform a dry run for plant placement. Set plants in proposed locations to determine what looks best. Space plants according to grower recommended distances from other plants and the landscaping stones. Allow room for the plant to grow properly without impediment from the stone border. Trailing plants will eventually drape gracefully over the landscaping stones as the plant matures.

Step 6

Work from the back to the front in the garden when digging plants. Dig holes to mimic the planting depth conditions each plant experienced in the transplant container. Firm soil around each plant carefully and apply water to the plant at ground level, near the main stem.

Step 7

Pull back the mulch or added fresh mulch up to the edge of the border landscaping stone. Apply a new layer to a depth of 3 inches to discourage weed formation at the point where garden and stones meet.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Hoe
  • Peat moss or compost
  • Mulch
  • Low-growing perennials or annuals
  • Shovel
  • Rake


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About this Author

S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.