A well-tended garden is usually divided into different rooms. Fences and bed borders help to separate these from one another. We show various examples of how you can frame your flower beds harmoniously.
When designing the garden, the greatest attention is usually paid to the plants. In which color should it bloom, how high can it grow and what comes into its own where? The bed border deserves just as much attention, after all, even the most beautiful work of art looks unfinished without a suitable frame. In addition, the shapers can do more than just limit the growth of plants. Depending on the shape and material, they look romantic, rustic or modern, are flexible or rigid, eye-catching or reserved.
The art of edging the bed
The style of the garden and the corresponding planting determine whether bed borders made of wood, stone or metal are best. Models made of natural stone or terracotta go well with Mediterranean gardens, while rustic flower beds are given a stylish shape with wood and bricks. Ornate metal ornaments cut a fine figure in romantic gardens. If you like to be active yourself, you can make small fences from fresh willow branches and use them to border vegetable patches. Creative hobby gardeners stick old glass bottles upside down in the ground or paint stones with weatherproof paint and thus create an effective contour.
Delimitation to the lawn edge
A clear separation between bedding and lawn area prevents lawns, shrubs and flowers from growing into one another. Regular parting off of the edges creates a natural look, but is labor-intensive. Laying rows of stones is also relatively time-consuming. A demarcation from narrow rubber or plastic sheets, on the other hand, can be implemented quickly and inexpensively. Metal bed borders are also flexible and quick to attach. Just make a groove with the spade and tap the profile to the desired height with the rubber mallet. This stable variant is also suitable for absorbing small differences in height.
Lively diversity: Plants as green borders
Box hedges are the ideal border for beds. They lead through the garden like green guidelines and visually connect the different rooms with one another. But hardy perennials, herbs and mini shrubs are also suitable as living borders – from carnation and lady’s mantle to lavender and chives to barberries and summer sparrows. If you can’t decide, combine.