For all of you who have loved our popular post  5 Ways to Edge Your Landscape with Recycled Materials then we have even more great ideas for you! Garden or landscape edging can define a garden area, give structure in winter months, and add your personality as well. Whether you choose to use one of these unique garden edging ideas, or something more traditional, almost every yard can benefit from some “boundaries”. One tip I left out of the last post… when placing your edging materials, do yourself a favor and lay a strip of landscape fabric underneath. You will save your self a world of headaches down the road, when you have to pull a thousand blades of maddening grass from between your perfectly placed stones, or worse…have to remove a section in order to weed, then replace. That’s a lot of work that a preventative step can help avoid!

Garden Edging Ideas

Edging With Stone

So here are some unique and creative garden edging ideas for the adventurous gardener! The photo below is from Heidi at ‘My Sweet Cottage‘. Heidi and her husband found a ledge stone that was square in form so they could create this edging that they simply pounded in place with a mallet, then backfilled with soil. Gorgeous and natural looking!

More Garden Edging

Creative Garden Edging with Seashells

We HAVE to love these shell edgings! Perfect for a beach themed home, or just because you love the beach! We would suggest half burying the shells with soil to help keep them in place. Also, make sure they face away from you for the best effect and the bigger the better.

Shell edging

Using Roof Tiles as Landscape Edging

A gardener in Colorado creatively used leftover roof tiles as garden edging. The tiles are secured by old builders block behind the bottom edge of the tiles, then soil. This would be  a great place to use recycled concrete chunks as well. I wonder if you could scout out broken tiles from a local builder and get them for free, for hauling them off site? Great re-purposed project! Photo from ‘Jumbletown‘ member.

Roof tile edging

Bamboo Edging for the Lawn

Using old bamboo fence rolls, cut into smaller sections can make a great edging material, especially for a contemporary garden. Secure it with stakes every foot or two, depending on your situation.

Twigs and Wood Garden Edging

Using twigs and sticks from your garden, you can create a custom, natural looking edging! I love this idea! Here are easy instructions for this project from ‘Instructables‘.

Sticks edging

Sedums and Bricks as Unique Garden Edging

You could conceivably use this idea to create a garden edging that is both living, and sturdy.  Plant in every building block, or skip a few. Use the same plant in all the edging for continuity, or use different colors or varieties of the same plant for some personality. Photo by ‘Paradis Express‘.

Using Bottles as Lawn Edging

Yes, we did bottles before, but I love the way Melinda Myers used all the same color to not only edge the walkway, but also to offer some support to the plants at they grow in height. Check out her video!

Wheels – Creative Edging Ideas

This garden edging idea uses these wonderful antique metal wheels, but what about using old bicycle wheels? Photo from ‘This Old House‘.

This landscape edging idea is creative and done with intention, is full of personality, and was found in the Georgetown gardens. That being said, make sure your “junk funk” doesn’t cross the line, to just plain ol’ junk! Photo by ‘The Green Divas‘.

Balls, Anyone? Garden Edging Ideas

Ok, this last one is perhaps one of our most creative so far… Any one love it? Hate it? What about the other ideas? Share with our readers! Photo from ‘My Daily‘.

Bowling Ball Edging

Hopefully you have been really inspired by the creative garden edging ideas from these clever gardeners! We think you will also love our posts on Classic Garden Edging Ideas and DIY Garden Paths & Walkways.


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  1. Bonnie May 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I love the flat oval stones and have been trying to find them for 3 years. Where do you get them?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      You would want to check at a landscape supply store for river rock, in the size you would prefer. In some areas of the country, they can order it for you if they don’t have that size. It may be tougher to find in some parts of the country! Hope that helps!

  2. MJ Henry March 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Bowling balls…I use them but thru a Michigan winter many crack apart. Seems like the true rubbers ones last the longest. They also are to hard to relocate in a warm place over winter also to many of them and heavy to want to do that every year.

  3. niti sah July 25, 2015 at 12:34 am

    gardening my passion but i do not have much space to fulfil my passion but pinterest is the thing to give you to see your dream come true with whatever space you have…

  4. Suzette Trimmer August 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The Bowling Balls may be the last, however; I find them the most fascinating subject matter work work with. Far more so then the elegant looking blue bottle edging which I love but find dangerous and impractical ( please no offense) for the reason as a Gardener myself, if I did not trip over them, the children, grandchildren or any of our large dogs would have them broken all of them by months end. Where as the bowling balls are sturdy enough to withstand anything. I have resorted to using balling balls for almost all garden decorations. From Lady bugs to painted Bubble bees, and lately found fabulous Kyron product that sprays them as though Mirrors. I have used PCP piping cut at different lengths to create the illusion of gradual incline or any design, But Bowling balls are free and every lane I have visited always has a room full of used crack wobbly balls to give away, so far always for free. Most fun gluing almost anything onto them a pattern or not they always look great in any garden.

    1. Veronica Enriquez November 8, 2014 at 6:41 am

      The twigs, bottle edging, and the balls are one I like. The bottle edging being my favorite. Interesting point about the bottles and balls.


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