Ideas for What to Use to Make Garden Borders

Enhance garden borders to create a well-defined space for plants and flowers. Make garden borders with natural materials like plants and flowers or rocks like slate and brick to accent and bring out colors found in the garden. Nestled along the edge of the garden, borders keep the space looking clean and kept.


Groundcovers hug the ground to meander and creep around the landscape. Grown along the garden, they create a live border that contrasts nicely with the bright and colorful flowers and plants. Groundcovers grow in a wide range of varieties, each with its own color, shape, size and growing requirements. A hardy and rapidly growing groundcover is gold sedum. Growing 1 to 2 feet wide, the open habit and mat-forming shape makes for a commanding garden border. Plant the bright green groundcover as the edge of the border to let it weave around the garden. In summer, gold sedum lights up the border with its yellow flowers. Another vibrant groundcover is creeping thyme. Low-growing, creeping thyme has purple flowers that emerge in summer to brighten the garden border. Highly aromatic, creeping thyme has shiny green leaves that create a striking display.


Stones nestled along a garden help to define the space. Stone types vary widely and include brick, slate, flagstone and river rocks, which create a natural and low-maintenance border. An ideal stone to use along the garden border are river rocks. Their natural and unfinished look give the border a wild look that helps transition from the garden to nearby beds or paths. Stack river rocks to create a miniature rock wall border or place them side by side. River rocks can often be found along streams and rivers and when wet, the rock deepens to a jewel-like shade that gleams.


Brick is a durable stone that can hold up to daily wear and tear such as foot traffic and gardening equipment. Brick can be buried into the ground to create a flush garden border or situated side-by-side on top of the surface to create a miniature brick wall border. Not only is brick low maintenance and long-lasting, but it also gives the garden border a kept look. The deep red colors found in brick help to contrast with nearby grass or other flowers and plants among the garden. With its ability to withstand year-round elements like snow, wind and rain, brick creates a striking garden border.

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