Landscaping & Edging Ideas

Edging with color and texture helps frame a lawn and garden. Since landscaping and edging options are plenty and are oftentimes inexpensive, be creative. Landscaping with perennial flowers and vines helps add vibrancy while creating a long-lasting display. With endless options available, the possibilities for beautifying your space is endless.

Flowers

For edging, you don't have to use the typical wood, plastic or metal. Instead, implement bright flowers and low-growing ground covers to create flower-filled edging for your garden, lawn or pathway. Choose perennial flowers such as coreopsis and coneflowers that grow year after year. Annuals such as zinnia, cosmos and lantana have bright blooms that look striking flanking a garden path or walkway. Add fragrant evergreen ground-cover plants like thyme and gold sedum to meander along the edge. These plants create a line of bright green that remains colorful all year long, including winter. As an evergreen, gold sedum retains its foliage all season to provide a constant source of lush texture to the garden. Other evergreen ground covers, like creeping cotoneaster, hug the ground to only grow 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall. Their dark green leaves and spring blooms create a "living" edge that contrasts with bright flowers found in the garden.

Stones

River rocks and fieldstone are often found in open fields and along rivers and streams, providing a low-cost and affordable edging idea for the garden and lawn. Slate and flagstone are flat and, when stacked along the border, create miniature rock walls, perfect for cascading plants. River rocks placed side by side create a natural border that blends in with the surroundings to showcase flowers and plants within the garden. Lining the garden and nearby beds with rocks helps create a cohesive and well-balanced design. Using the same rock throughout the entire landscape also helps draw your eye into the garden.

Vine-Covered Pergola

Nestle a vine-covered pergola along the landscape to create a spot for outdoor dining and living. Pergolas are ideal surfaces for growing flowering vines like bougainvillea and clematis. Their natural abilities to grow up toward the sun causes them to cover the pergola, creating a shaded landscape retreat. Around each of the pergola posts, grow a hardy and rapidly growing vine like Carolina jasmine. Growing 10 to 20 feet long, the twining stems easily attach themselves to the pergola and twine up and around for a showy display. The fragrant, trumpet-shaped yellow flowers of Carolina jasmine emerge in spring to light up the pergola with color. As an evergreen, Carolina jasmine also retains its vibrant green all season long, including winter to provide color to the landscape.

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About this Author

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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.