This homeowner really knows there stuff when it comes to landscape edging for curb appeal. I mean this home is absolutely stunning, from the long wrap around porches, to the tall trees and carefully manicured bushes surrounding the entire drive. I would happily move in here in a second, from nothing else but their epic lawn edging (I guess that is the landscape design nerd in me). Really though, for any beginner gardener looking for ways to elevate the look of their property or even just give the place some nice curb appeal before you sell, this house is a great example of how to do it right. Subtly is key -- you don't have to have huge over the top edges flanking every pathway.
I think that landscape edging can make small garden areas look so cozy and quaint, like a hidden gem tucked away in the back of the yard. After we added this flagstone pathway around the side of the house, we felt that it was a bit random looking. Unfortunately, when we planned it all out on our landscape design software, we didn't really notice that the path would be a bright grey line in the middle of the lawn. Our neighbor suggested planning small shrubs along the edge and framing it out with a short rock wall to finish off the design. These ideas turned into the best landscape edging in our neighborhood, and it was all because we had originally made a mistake.
For anybody asking what landscape edging is, I think that these photos show a great example of how to create decorative borders with plants to frame your property. In my experience, landscape borders like this are a great way to highlight certain areas of your yard or even architectural features that you want to draw attention to, in a nice subtle way. They are also a fantastic way to add extra greenery to an otherwise bare yard, without being too over the top with a lot of shrubs and trees. If you are just getting started with garden borders, begin with some small round boxwood bushes or even some monkey grass. These are both very easy to maintain, and look awesome no matter what type of architectural style your home is.
Sometimes I like to play around with those computer home design programs that allow you to create a virtual rendering of your dream home. This week I focused on adding some landscape edging around the pool and the retaining wall that holds back the lake (it is waterfront of course). Sure playing around with landscaping software and building a house on a property that doesn't even exist may seem like a silly past time, but I really believe that making these plans puts something out into the universe. These good vibes will that help the dreams that I am putting onto paper (or computer I guess) become a reality one day. So today I will play around with lawn edging ideas, and tomorrow I will be moving in to my waterfront dream house!
Whenever clients ask for a quick an inexpensive fix for a drab and underwhelming garden. I always suggest landscape edging because the plants are typically quite small and you don't need a ton of them for an area to look full and complete. Despite this, these simple landscaping ideas pack a big decor punch and actually bring a lot of life to otherwise bare areas. This was a small porch project that we just finished up -- it only took about a day and in that short period of time we were able to completely transform their front yard. We added varying layers of shrubs in multiple shades of green to add depth to the mulched area beside the walkway. The next step is to add metal landscape edging to tie in the exterior railings and what not, but the homeowner still has to pick that out before we can install.
Could somebody tell me more about what landscape edging is and how it can be used to decorate our admittedly very plain backyard? Our gardener suggested that we incorporate some landscape edging ideas around the new patio areas we added this summer, but I am not sure if that should be mulch, rocks, shrubs, or flower beds. As you can see from the photos, we like a pretty minimalist style both when it comes to architecture as well as landscape design. I don't need a lot of over the top colors or patterns, the simplicity of a lush green lawn and really nice siding is enough for me (which I suppose is why we are in this predicament in the first place). My instincts are to go with some type of concrete landscape edging in the same shade as our stucco exterior, but I am not sure if that would be too boring.