The creation of garden beds within the landscape is an absolute staple. There are two basic types of garden beds, island beds and borders, and two basic styles of gardens, formal and informal. Designs today involve garden beds that are; curved, wavy, right angled, circular and everything in between. In this section here we’ll talk about garden beds that are flush to the lawn, driveway or patio. Click here for Raised Garden Beds. Besides the dirt,plants and shapes; garden beds have 2 main components: Edging and Dressings.
Garden Edging refers to the garden border and its transition into a lawn or hardscaped area. Sometimes you will see no formal edge, but rather a depression in the dirt and lawn, upkept by way of weed eater. If you are trying to keep material from the garden bed from spilling over onto the lawn or hardscape, please consider these examples:
Wood Timbers, Paving Stone, Concrete Blocks, Large River Stones, and almost anything you can think of. See pictures below for some examples.
Garden Dressing refers to the placement of material over the dirt and under the plants. Various materials are chosen for different reasons: Aesthetics, nutrient delivery, maintenance, etc. Here are some common examples of garden bed dressings:
Barkmulch (Hemlock and Composted), 1″-2″ River Rock, 2″-6″ River Rock, Bark Nuggets, Lava Rock, Sand or open dirt. See pictures below for some examples.