Statement plants and hard landscaping steal the limelight but edging has an important supporting role to play.
Garden edging whether seen or unseen plays a fundamental part in garden design and can either support a beautiful design or undermine the design entirely. When done right it can be overlooked in comparison to the overall design –especially when done subtly or to blend in. However, when executed poorly it becomes highly visible – intentional or not.
Gone are the times when you simply took the spade edge to the lawn to create a separation from the flower beds. Whether it is decorative or practical, edging in landscaping is an essential element to most gardens, that doesn’t always get the design attention or recognition it deserves. When using loose materials like gravel it requires edging to keep the surface in place. As well as uniquely shaped lawns in order to maintain its shape.
Dependant on what you’re edging this will decide the material you should use. Some materials make more of a statement and can also be a design feature, whilst others can be low key and more practical and simply blend in if suitable. Particularly, if edging borders the planting will often obscure the edging material. Therefore it’s more practical to opt for a suitable but inexpensive material.
Garden edging can be used in traditional gardens that tend to be more formal with straight lines and also great for informal gardens. When welcoming curved or more circular shapes weathering steel is a great material to use; whether visible or not. It’s fittingly; anti-corrosive, durable, low maintenance and cost effective.
Strong yet flexible to create curves. The uniquely shaped lawn above is edged using corten steel.
The cheapest material choice that’s great in various settings, but it does have a certain shelf life.
A hard-wearing material that might be slightly pricier than other options but makes up for it by offering years of value.
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Not unlike bricks, pavers are timeless and classic.
Natural Stone Setts
If opting for textured tumbled stone setts it gives a textured and natural appearance.