Enhance Your Flower Garden With Garden Edging

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                                  Enhance Your Flower Garden With Garden Edging
                                                             By Lisa Sousa

  So, you've got your flower garden set up. You've planted the flowers, some perennials here, a few
annuals there. You've added a gazing ball, a bench, and some other accent pieces to help make your
garden unique. But you're still missing one thing. You're missing the edging around the garden.

 The edging around your garden is almost as important as the flowers. Just like a frame on a picture,
proper edging will enhance the appearance of the garden. Edging will set your garden apart from the
rest of the lawn. Proper edging will bring out the beauty of your garden, and turn it into a work of art.

 Several different types of edging are available for your garden. You need to decide which one best fits
your garden. A low brick or rock wall, held together with mortar is a popular type of garden edging. It
creates a solid, permanent edge to define your garden. But you may or may not have the money to do
this, or you may want a less permanent edging.

 Lining up bricks or rocks without mortar is another popular method of edging your garden. If you
choose bricks, you can line them up, stack them in a low wall, or set them diagonally, leaning against
each other. You can use rocks in the same way, simply lined up or stacked along the edge of the
garden. Obviously, the rocks will need to be small enough to move, but large enough to have an
impact. Many times, you'll find rocks while you're digging up the garden, or doing other landscaping
projects. Or you can find them in a friends yard, or a vacant lot. If you get them someplace other than
your own yard, just make sure you have permission to take the rocks.

 Your local home improvement or garden store will have a wide array of edging products. They have
plastic edging that can be placed vertically into the ground to provide a simple border. There are
miniature fences, landscaping timbers, artificial rock borders, and more. Browse around, and see what
will look good around your garden. If you choose any of these edges, be sure that they are of good
quality, and will last for several seasons. You don't want to be replacing your edging every year!

 Border plants are also a good option. You'll probably want perennials, like alpine phlox. You'll want a
low growing plant that you can divide and plant again each spring, so that you won't have to buy new
plants and replant every year, as you would with annuals. Check the amount of sun that the garden will
be getting, and choose plants that will tolerate your climate, and the amount of sun received.

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 Comfrey is a good choice for an edging plant for a large garden. The thick growth will prevent grass
from creeping in on your garden. The leaves can also be used for mulch when they fall. The flowers
will add some visual interest to the garden as well. Small gardens will be overwhelmed by the comfrey,
so it would only be suitable for large gardens.

 Strawberries or herbs are also a good choice for edging a garden. If you plant herbs, you can also use
them in cooking. Just snip off whatever you need, and you'll have fresh herbs for your meal.

 Whether you choose plants, rocks, bricks, or edging from the store, the proper edging will provide a
suitable frame, to enhance and show off the masterpiece that is your flower garden.

Visit http://www.garden-style-decor.com for more garden decor ideas and resources.

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                                     Helpful Ideas For Designing A Flower Garden
                                                         By Jennifer Houck

 There is one thing that all flower gardens have in common - gorgeous flowering plants. What sets one
flower garden apart from another is the structure and design surrounding the flowers. The most
attractive flower gardens have been planned carefully and designed precisely. In order to plan and
design a beautiful flower garden, you must plan in advance and choose plants that will compliment one

Before finalizing your flower garden plans it is a good idea to visit your local nursery to get an idea of
which flowers appeal to you and what types and colors of flowers will compliment each other nicely.
Try to choose plants that flower at varying times of the year and that offer a wide variety of colors.
Different textures and greenery will give you the best results. Also, choose a mixture of annuals and
perennials. Annuals are flowers that must be planted each year and perennials are flowers that return
year after year with no need to replant.

It is always helpful to make a rough drawing of the outline of your flower garden and begin adding
various elements from there. You will have to decide upon the border of your flower garden and the
shape of the bed. A border is the area around the outside of your garden and the bed is the area inside
the border. You can choose plants, stones, or edging for the border and then fill the bed with a variety
of flowering plants.

In choosing the types of flowers you will grow in your garden, spend a little time researching the best
types of flowers for your area. Some flowers will do well in any part of the country while others will only
produce flowers in certain climates. Choosing plants that are native to your particular area is always a
good idea, especially for beginners. Native plants are ones that grow naturally in your region and will
require the least amount of care and maintenance.

Jennifer Houck is the owner of http://www.bestflowergrowers.com, the Best Flower resource for
learning how to grow your flowers.

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