A landscape border is a way to separate flower beds from one another or from a lawn. The border can also serve as a transition point between outdoor rooms as well as preventing plants from spreading form one area to another. A landscape border can also keep your landscaping neat and give it a finished appearance. Many creative alternatives exist for landscape borders.
A pathway made of paving stones, gravel or mulch can serve as a border between flower beds and lawn while at the same time helping to transition visitors between different parts of the garden. Pathways also help to keep weeds and plant runners out of your flower beds by creating a 'no man's land' across which volunteers can't take root and spread.
A trench made by removing sod in strips from around your garden is one of the simplest landscape borders there is. Keep your trench clean by ensuring that grass can't put runners across the trench, and seeds can't take root there. Edging tools such as a garden knife are good tools for cultivating your trench. To maintain the beauty of the flower bed, cover your trench with the same mulch that you cover your bed with. Then push the mulch back and cultivate the trench four times yearly.
Paving stones specifically created for edging, such as landscaping bricks make an attractive hardscape that lends a finished edge to garden beds. Many landscaping bricks are made to stack so that you can create raised beds from them. These raised beds are simple to maintain. Simply remove any weeds that appear in the beds, and keep them mulched to discourage new weed growth.
Dense, low-growing shrubs and plants such as English Lavender, lamb's ear, boxwood and rosemary make good plants to edge a bed filled with climbing shrubs such as roses. The low-growing shrubs make a dramatic forefront for taller plants, and your flower beds appear to be planted in layering heights. Keep these shrubs trimmed so that they appear neat and do not sprawl.