Gardener digs path around a garden, creates stunning border that makes neighborhood jealous

Looking for ways to beautify your flowerbed or vegetable garden? Have you ever thought about switching up your garden edging? Check out these ideas on how to spice up your garden using natural or recycled materials that you can find at almost any hardware or home improvement store…

Bamboo

Bamboo is known to be a sustainable and easily grown material that looks great. The best part about bamboo? It requires almost no maintenance! Try lining up your garden with some bamboo pieces in order to keep your garden looking beautiful and tidy all year long.

bamboo-edging

Shells

They may come from the ocean, but did you know that full clam shells can make your garden pop? Try adding some bleached clam shells to edge your garden in order to add something that will blend effortlessly with every other feature. If you want to take things one step further, try adding two rows of clam shells instead of one!

shell-edging

Herbs

There’s no better way to finish off a garden than with more plants. If you want to edge your garden, but don’t want to add anything artificial, try planting some herbs around the edge of your garden. These herbs will take advantage of your nutrient-rich soil and serve as a neat border for your garden!

herbs

Cinderblock

If you’re looking for something a little bit more sturdy, try purchasing cinderblocks from any hardware store. These cinderblocks make excellent mini planters when stood up, and can also be used as an effective drainage mechanism when laid out on their side. The best part? If you use your cinderblocks as mini planters, you’ll find that after a few weeks, the foliage from your plants will completely hide the cinderblocks!

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Logs

There’s no better way to add a rustic feel to your garden than by edging it with old logs. You might have some logs leftover from winter that you can chop up into smaller individual pieces. These logs will serve as a divider for your garden that will be both beautiful and functional. If you want to try this for your own garden, try using logs that around 5 inches in length if you’re going for a more minimal design. If you’re looking for something more robust, try using logs that are around double in length.

old-logs

Boards

This one is for all the DIY lovers out there. Try recycling old scrap boards in order to create an edge for your garden that is practical and functional. You can either leave the boards the way they are or paint them your favorite color. These boards are sure to leave your garden with an unique feel that almost anyone would be jealous of!

old-planks

Paver Stone

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, there’s nothing more traditional than using paver stones to give any flower bed or garden that clean and professional look you’re going for. You can either lay one row of paver stones to serve as the divider of your garden or you can go even further and add an extra layer in order to give your garden an even more defined look.

paver-bricks

Metal pipes

Metal pipes can serve as a robust and protective edging option for your garden. They also can serve as another area for you to plant in! Whether you fill the pipes with dirt, rocks, tiny cacti, or other tiny plants, anything you add to these pipes will take away from the tough look of the pipes and provide your garden a new look without sacrificing practicality.

pipe-edging

Stacked Stone

Stacked stones can give your garden either a unique or uniform look, depending on what type of stones you purchase. And as long as your keep your edging under 18 inches, you probably won’t need mortar to hold the stones together. The most fun part about using stacked stones to build your garden edge? Deciding what combination of different stone sizes, colors, and shapes to use!

stacked-stone-edging

Wine Bottles

You may have never tried this before, but don’t dismiss it just yet. One unique way to edge your garden is to use glass bottles that you’ve recycled. It doesn’t matter whether your bottles are all the same shape, color, or size, as long as you have enough to edge your entire garden. In order to set these wine bottles up, pack the dirt around the edge of your garden tightly and then insert the neck of the wine bottle into the ground. You’ll now have a beautiful and weather-proof garden edge that anyone would be jealous of!

bottle-edging

Woven Wattle

Last, but not least, you can use thin wooden branches to create a woven wattle garden edge that will add a rustic and a natural feeling. Popular in Europe for hundreds of years, you can quickly add the same look to your garden by using willow or hazel wood.

woven-wattle

What did you think about these different ways you can edge your garden? Do you do any currently? Which one was your favorite? We want to hear your thoughts. Let us know in the comments below!

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Patricia Lynn
Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.

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