Ideas for Landscaping a Grass Perimeter

Define the grass to create a polished look for your landscape. Tracing the grass with plants brings in color to an otherwise neutral border. Defining the grass border also helps to transition to nearby flowerbeds for a tended look to the garden. Large borders along the grass draw your eye as a focal point to the space.

Tropical Plants

Create the feel of a lush, island garden by planting tropical plants along the grass perimeter. Tropical plants in fiery colors like red, orange and yellow contrast with the green grass to create a balanced design. Tall, tropical perennial plants like elephant ear add height to the grass perimeter and are ideal for creating structure. Black magic, a variety of elephant ear, has large, deep purple to black heart-shaped leaves attached to dark purple stalks that grow up to 6 feet tall. A commanding presence, elephant ear plants complement the green grass. Tropical flowers like cannas have bright green foliage that grows in upright clumps, ideal for lining a grass perimeter. Reaching 24 to 144 inches tall, canna blooms grow in a wide range of colors including, red, yellow, pink orange and salmon. Summer-blooming, canna flowers require full sun to thrive. They tolerate drought and a wide range of soil varieties, making a versatile tropical flower to grow along a grass border.

Aromatic Herbs

Herbs have fragrant flowers and bright foliage, creating a scented grass perimeter. Herbs like rosemary, dill and fennel have highly textured foliage that, once planted, comes back every year for a striking border. Herbs like purple basil add color to the grass border and help to fill in the spaces with their clumping, upright shape. Planted side-by-side, nestle smaller herbs like creeping thyme, oregano and savory along the front of the grass perimeter to creep over the space with their trailing growth habit. For a bit of color, and to contrast with the varying shades of green, add in bright annual blooms like zinnia and cosmos.

Stone Path

Embrace a sweeping, curved or straight landscape by building a stone path along the perimeter of the grass. Flagstone is a flat, highly durable stone to use along the grass to create edging along the border. It helps create a tended look while adding a path to stroll down to admire the garden. Flagstone paths are versatile, connecting areas around the landscape like a backyard patio to a vine-covered pergola. Lay the flagstone at least 2 to 3 feet wide to create a wide perimeter for gardening equipment or resting while pruning nearby flowers and plants.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in and and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and