Garden Borders: Ideas How to Build Your Walkways and Flowerbeds

Garden borders - essential elements in green spaces

Garden borders help to structure and retain the soil, but can also have an aesthetic function of enhancing the plants. By edge of garden, one understands the separation between the solid mass and an alley or the lawn. With a height that can vary widely, a border ensures the transition between two spaces by providing a decorative touch.

In order to create garden borders, it is necessary to choose materials that will fit well. According to their material - wood, stone, metal, bricks, plessis etc. Once the type is selected, comes the time to determine the usage. Limit the invasion of the grass in the massifs, stop the fall of land of your vegetable garden on the paths, form delimited 'squares' of cultures, highlight the parts of your garden by creating different levels.

You can vary the heights and thicknesses according to the choice of plants

decorative garden borders black steel

Types of garden borders


Indeed, wood is a classic material for creating borders. It is not at all expensive and in addition, it offers a lot of possibilities. The braided wooden borders otherwise called 'plessis' consist of willow branches, chestnut or hazel plaited around pegs anchored in the ground.

Used in raised gardens, this type of border gives a very natural and rustic look typical for the English gardens for example. Still from the same material, you can also make small log borders to delineate flowerbeds or lawns.

The wooden borders fit perfectly into the decor

border to plant wood


Elongated concrete curbs are the most classic. Except the basic gray color, there are some colorful for an original and modern decoration. Cobblestones are often used to create a border. You can even take the ones you built your driveway. The other possibilities are the curbs, an evolution of the pavers, or even the step-blocks. These elements must be sealed in concrete, preferably with a seal between them, for better durability.

The layout of a concrete border will allow you to highlight an alley or a massive

concrete garden borders

Natural stone

Indeed it is a material insensitive to the weather that resists time. It gives a rustic or zen side to the garden, and at the same time it is easy to implement. You just have to brick the elements to create low walls. A big plus of natural stone is that it can be free: taken from your yard or the river.

The stone border is decorative but also effective to mark the boundaries of a parcel or the layout of an alley

garden border small stones

Roof tiles

While the brick fits perfectly in the style of the English garden, the tiles planted vertically, ensure a Provencal atmosphere. Superimposed on several floors, they are an original and effective border that is completely free if the tiles come from your roof. Easy to set up, they can change their location according to your desires. In addition, the tiles last several years.

Tiles allow you to create beautiful borders and adapt to all types of terrain

border tiles


Also known as treads, the metal borders (there are similar plastics in the market) delimit the spaces invisibly because they can be driven entirely into the ground. They can also be left out of the ground to create a small difference in levels.

Metal borders are very suitable for city gardens

metal garden border

Other ideas of materials

Rubber curbs

rubber border


plessis border

Concrete blocks

border blocks

Plastic borders

plastic borders

Garden earthenware with wood

wood garden landscaping

Natural stone

garden stone border


trellis border

Steel garden edging

steel garden edging


bricks border

Vegetable border of boxwood

boxwood border

Objects of recovery

garden edge recycled objects

Solid wood

solid wood garden edge

Terracotta border

terracotta border


metal garden edge

Corten steel

corten steel garden borders

Natural stone

natural stone garden border


concrete borders

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