8 Inexpensive Garden Edging Ideas to Make Your Yard Look Sharp

Give your landscaping some elegant outlines with our flagstone and brick garden edging ideas.

Flower bed

Peter Krumhardt

Create a crisp, clean design within your landscaping using edging to outline various areas of your yard. Define designated growing areas in your flower beds and vegetable gardens. These inexpensive garden edging ideas will add character and texture to landscaping. In an afternoon, you can create a rustic brick or concrete stone outline for any area using a few simple materials.

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Brick Garden Edging

Meditation Garden


Brick is a common garden edging idea because it's classic, widely available, and inexpensive. Push bricks tightly together to minimize spaces between them that turf can slip through. To prevent heaving and unevenness in your garden edging, set your bricks in a bed of sand.

Editor's Tip

If you set the brick just above the soil, you can use it as a mowing strip, running your lawn mower's wheel over the brick. This eliminates the need for trimming.

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Diagonal Brick Garden Edging

Blue Petunias

Peter Krumhardt

Lay old, mismatched bricks on the diagonal for a 19th-century domino effect in your garden edging. Dig a trench and add several inches of sand for drainage so the bricks don't heave. Set the bricks in the trench, half exposed, leaning tightly one against the next, then fill in with soil. If you're edging several garden beds, lean all the bricks in the same direction.

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Flagstone Garden Edging

Flower bed

Peter Krumhardt

Edging your landscaping garden beds with flagstone lends a classic look particularly well-suited to country and cottage gardens. Flagstone is available in several colors and thicknesses, so you can easily use it to coordinate or contrast your plants, other stonework in the landscape, or even stonework on your house. Irregular in shape, flagstones are durable and stack securely in the yard.

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Rock Garden Edging

Rock Garden

Susan Gilmore

Mix and match rock shapes and colors for a natural stone garden edging idea. Large multicolor rocks complement this landscape's informal style. Positioned in a winding pattern, the round boulders allow sweet alyssum to creep over and between the rocks, creating a lacy, scalloped look in this landscaped flower bed.

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Cobblestone Garden Edging

Garden arbor

Emily Minton-Redfield

Square cobbles of granite garden edging combine with a hedge of Korean boxwood to give this landscape shape. 'Annabelle' and oak leaf hydrangeas add billowing blooms of white, their large leaves contrasting with the textures and shapes of the paving, edging, and hedge.

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Garden Edging Idea with Plants

Backyard garden

Susan Gilmore

Low, mounding plants can be a fantastic landscaping garden edging idea. When planted in one long mass of draping color, low-growing plantings of sweet alyssum (shown here), veronica, bouncing bet, artemisia, coralbells, or candytuft soften hard edges and add a splash of color.

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Recycled-Bottle Garden Edging

Bottle garden edging

Peter Krumhardt

Edge your landscape in colored-glass bottles to infuse your yard with a whimsical, down-home look. Bury the bottles' necks side-by-side in the soil to use as garden edging. To keep turf or weeds from migrating from your lawn into your beds, sink a sheet of aluminum flashing about 8 inches into the ground alongside the bottles.

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Cast Concrete Edging

Concrete Garden Edge

Peter Krumhardt

Concrete garden edging eases mowing, and its serpentine shape creates a winding path through the landscape shown here. Varying heights add interest and allow for smooth slope or uneven landscape transition.

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