How to Create a Garden Border

Overview

Garden borders are the perfect way to accent a lovely flower bed or garden walkway. Adding texture through a border allows the garden to contrast with the surrounding landscape. Budget-friendly and simple to create, borders can be designed with items found around your home like old bricks or contrasting flowers that visually create their own border. Low-growing creeping vines like thyme and creeping jenny are a natural way to create your garden border while extending the design of your garden bed.

Step 1

Clear out all debris, including weeds and small twigs from the garden area. Rake down the soil to remove any remaining rocks or small sticks.

Step 2

Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch around the garden bed to help retain water in the hot summer months and prevent weeds from shooting up through the soil. Smooth out the mulch with your gardening gloves to remove any clumps.

Step 3

Lay down a layer of your favorite stone like slate or brick as the border around your flower bed. Use rocks found around your home to keep the budget affordable. River rocks and other natural stones found in your landscape would work great.

Step 4

Lay the stones side-by-side, beginning at one end of the garden bed, down the edge of where the mulch meets the grass line. For a miniature garden wall, create a second layer of stones by staggering the stones over each other, similar to bricklaying.

Step 5

Gently press the stones into the soil. Don't worry if they move a little when you garden; over time, they will slowly sink into the soil for a snug fit. Wash the stones off with your outdoor house to remove any excess dirt and mulch.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always use stones or rocks free of jagged edges; this will prevents cuts and scrapes. If an edge is pointed, consider using that side of the rock face down.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Mulch
  • Stones
  • Garden hose

References

  • Sunset: Rock Border

Who Can Help

  • My Home Ideas: Mulch
Keywords: garden border design, stone edging, garden mulch

About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.