The Lower Garden Newly Edged
Left Border From the House
Right Border From the Garden Bench
Boxwood Topiary at the Edge of the Terrace
I like borders to have strong edges. I like the contrast of the line, straight or curved, and an exuberance of foliage and flowers sometimes crossing the line. My first borders were edged by hand with a garden spade several times during the growing season which was very labor intensive. About eight years ago, I laid down a row of bricks perpendicular to the edge of the garden. It was an instant success and created the formal straight line I was after.
Several years later, the plants began to fall out and over the brick edging which made cutting the lawn difficult and time consuming because all the plants needed to be pinned up off the lawn every week. The brick edge was too narrow. So this weekend I laid two additional courses of brick longitudinally to the end of the beds. The brick edge expanded from 7 inches to 14 inches creating a wide panel for the plants to rest on. The ornamental oregano is the only plant that crosses the line.......so far.