The Perfect Border for your Beds

As I mentioned last week while sharing ideas on creating an outdoor oasis, we’ve been fast + furious over the past few weeks on sprucing up the outdoors of our humble abode.

It’s what’s happening around our little ole’ homestead in the North Country and I am excited to share the updates we’ve been making!  First up, the garden beds in the front yard…

Granted the front beds have received a whole lotta TLC over the 5 years we’ve lived here, but I still felt like there needed to be more definition between the grass and the gardens.  After cleaning out the beds and before laying the mulch, I installed a stone garden edge that not only defines the line between the grass & garden, but gives character and texture…

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

This is the garden bed that is against the front of our home and it looks much different than when we moved in a few years ago.  It’s had quite the transformation…

Garden before

Without giving too much away (the full ‘tour’ of this years Spring porch coming later this week), this is how the front of the house looks now…

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

One of the many reasons I love having a blog is documenting the evolution of our home. It’s wonderful to look back and see how much we’ve done!

So back to…

CREATING A GARDEN EDGE USING STONE

I found these edging stones at Lowe’s for $1.28 each.

Stone to edge garden beds

These stones are a trapezoid shape – about 7″ long on one side, about 5″ long on the other side.  Because of the stones shape, they can be layed in a straight line (by changing the direction with each one) OR on a curve (tight curve or gradual curve) to border a garden.  One row high is just enough (that’s what I did) or these inexpensive stones can be stacked (staggering the joint) to create a taller garden border or retaining wall.  They can also be used to create a firepit.

The best part about these stones aside from the price is that there is truly no installation!  You simply set it & forget it (I sound like an infomercial, but it’s really that easy).

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

The garden beds bordering the front of the house & in the yard had a natural trench at the edge, so I followed the line and layed the stones in place.  A few tweaks needed to be in some spots to create a nicer curve but in all it took minutes to lay them all.

BEFORE & AFTER

Just a few weeks ago before the flowers started coming to life & before the mulch was added, I snapped the before picture.  Now look how the new stones define the garden…

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

Once the stone edge was set, I planted a few annuals amongst the growing perennials and filled in the garden with mulch.

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

And it was complete…

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

It’s far from an award-winning garden, but it’s ours that we created.

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

Each day the flowers show more of their beauty.

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.com

I’ll admit, because I am a bit Type A & love instant gratification, gardening isn’t top on my list of favorite things to do.  I often get frustrated & annoyed each Spring season not knowing what will bloom again. Thankfully looking back on old pictures, I am able to truly appreciate all the hard work we’ve put into creating a home we love.  What an incredible lesson of patience, right?!

This stone edge was truly a simple + high impact DIY project to jazz up the front of our home.  I am thrilled that it was inexpensive + easy to do – how much better does it get?!

The Perfect Border for your Beds: Defining a gardens edge with inexpensive stone that fit any shape or size garden bed.  Details @ www.jennaburger.comThe front facade of our home also got another big upgrade.  More on that coming soon…  In the meantime, if you have garden beds that merge into the grass, adding a stone edge will surely create the definition needed to add character & texture to your landscaping beds!

DISCLOSURE: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!




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  1. Linda says

    I just love your house Jenna and gardens look fantastic. Great job. It’s amazing what you can do with a little imagination and determination.

    • Jenna says

      Yes, I did purchase them at the store, but in the post I shared a link. Your best bet though it to go to your local Lowe’s to see and purchase the material!

  2. Judy says

    I really like this border. Im glad you posted that I can buy these at Lowes. Hopefully they will have them again this year. Did they have them in different colors?

  3. Melanie says

    Simply beautiful! Recently purchased a house and almost fainted after getting an estimate from a landscaper. Decided to put on my DIY hat and let creativity flow. I love the columns added to the porch, were they DIY also?

    • Jenna says

      Thank you Melanie! Yes, the columns were a DIY project a few years back as well. Basically they were 4″ sq skinny columns before and we added 2 x 8 pressure treated lumber around them to give a beefy look. Then at the top and bottom, we had a simple trim surround. We were novice DIYers at the time, so it was a fairly easy project. Thinking about something similar for your home? Good Luck!

      Jenna

  4. Gail says

    I used pinecones. They are organic, free, subtle. Defines the garden space and clears the property of fallen pinecones. Win-win!

  5. Diane says

    Hi! Thank you for taking the time to highlight this project – love the details! I’ve been slow to decide on edging for our landscaping and yours hits the mark perfectly. Sadly, Lowe’s in our area (Minneapolis) doesn’t seem to carry this edging in store, but I’m going to contact them directly to find out about delivery to us. I appreciate your efforts in sharing this design/products!

  6. Joanne Baronner says

    Jenna, I very much enjoyed the information you provided on edging a garden utilizing stone. What a beautiful result!! After forwarding your article to my brother, he inquired on the height of the stones (the article mentioned that the stones were purchased at Lowe’s for $1.28 each and were about 7” X 5). Unfortunately, I was unable to locate these stones on the Lowe’s web page. Do you know if they discontinued this item? Thank you for your upcoming response. Your help is MUCH appreciated. Regards, Joanne

    • Jenna says

      Thanks for reaching out to me Joanne! I don’t know if the stones were discontinued, but I do remember seeing them at Lowe’s earlier this Spring. There are similar stones if you can’t find the exact one I used. Good Luck! Jenna