Borders work as a necessary, functional and aesthetic addition to the home landscape. Borders denote edges of garden beds and keeps grass out of the groomed area. Through the use of brick, paving stones or rock, one can use borders to create a transition between various elements in the landscape.
The addition of wood landscaping border helps blend this feature with fencing, decks or gazebos. Wood landscape takes many forms from railroad ties to upright wooden blocks purchased as pre-fabricated sections from a home improvement store. Wood borders blend with the natural environment and don't detract from ornamental flowers and plants. This product will degrade and weather over time to change the original color of the wood.
Brick serves as an extremely tough and permanent addition to the landscape. Inserting brick borders allows the landscape designer to create cohesion between the house and garden beds. The use of similar materials creates unity in the landscape. Bricks can be placed in every direction to create interesting texture as a garden border. Consider alternating directions of flat bricks, burying the bricks on end at varying heights, or angling them slightly to create a unique border. Adding bricks to the landscape requires preparation of the soil and leveling to create a firm foundation for installation.
A quick fix to add texture to the garden comes in the form of convenient plastic fence sections from the garden store. Plastic fencing delineates a flower bed in a temporary way, allowing the gardener the option of quick removal at any time. Fence sections snap together to create a seamless line at the edge of the garden. Thick-gauge plastic edging can be used to create a more permanent border around the garden bed. This type of plastic edging requires gardeners to dig a trench to bury two-thirds of the border. A rounded lip remains at the soil level and serves to discourage weed or grass incursion into the flower bed.
The transitional line around gardens doesn't need to be marked with a wood, plastic or stone border. Plants also serve as the perfect border for garden edges. Consider planting low-lying ground cover, such as sedum or phlox to mark the garden edge. Choose annual flowers in clumps of three plants to denote border areas that transition into grass or walkways. Living borders allow the gardener to retain a soft edge to every garden, while still creating dividing lines between outdoor spaces.