Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry
If your garden needs a boost, perhaps it’s time to rethink your edges. Installing new edging is one of the easiest, fastest ways to improve the overall appearance of your garden. Whether you want to dress up a swath of perennials, draw attention to a bench in the distance, or simply keep gravel inbounds, freshening up your edges often does the trick.
You can install some materials, such as metal and bender board, in an afternoon. Others, such as concrete and boulders, require a weekend or longer to complete and may challenge you to learn some new skills.
Take a look at the following six low-maintenance options. On function alone, they will keep your garden neat and tidy by holding back soil, defining beds, blocking the relentless march of invasive roots, and preventing mulch from migrating. But their aesthetic value is perhaps their greatest asset, ranging from nearly invisible to command performers.
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