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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Ugly Garden- Contain Yourself

I’ve been tearing up the garden beds in both the front and back yards. I would like to edge them with a permanent structure. In perusing Pinterest I found ideas under the titles of garden border, garden planter, and garden edging. Stone garden wall and brick garden wall also produced some lovely inspiration.

When we bought the house the beds had metal landscape edging combined with plastic brick edging.

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Over the weekend Sweet Guy dug out all the plastic bricks. They were still good, just not the look we wanted, so they were placed on Craigslist and gone within an hour.

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I should clarify that I do like the idea of a low brick wall.

Flower Bed Edging - Buzzle

But I would like it to be real brick in various shades similar to the brick on Storybook Cottage.

Pathway through defined planting borders to front door, something along these lines could be nice...

Stacked stone walls seem to be quite popular here in Texas.

Retaining wall  I'm going to plant some of those little white flowers all around my garden edging I think....if I knew what it was it might help...;o)

Several of our neighbors have stone and mortar edging.

Modern Backyard Garden Ideas To Help You Design Your Own Little Heaven Near Your House

It reminds me of the lovely stone walls that dot the English countryside.

We’re in the process of getting 3-4 estimates from local masons.

Do you like brick or stone?

Laura

25 comments :

Jeannie Marie said...

I love the look of stone as an edging. It has a timeless country feel.

Angela D. Boone said...

Stone would look amazing. You're making me want to get out and do yard work!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Here in New England, we have a lot of 'drystone' walls - stone fitted together without mortar. These walls were built by the colonists to keep pesky beasts in their place and have held up for 200 or 300 years or more - direct descendents of the walls that, as Laura notes, 'dot the English countryside.' That said, though, I do like brick - must be all those years at college and university - both were constructed of red brick - 150 years apart.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love both, can't wait to see what you do.

Auntie Em said...

Your garden is going to look so beautiful when you get it done. Can't wait to see the after pics. :)

Karena Albert said...

Oh it is going to be so beautiful Laura!!
Very excited to see the finish!!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Lisa said...

Ooh! Looks like big changes ahead!

ellen b. said...

I like both. Big help I am...

Vicki said...

I like brick always and stone on a case by case basis.

Rita C. said...

As you know, we have brick surround on our landscape, with steel edging around the bed plantings. We had plans drawn up for our riverbank with a dry-stack stone wall on the slope toward the riverbank, with gazebo, etc. Those plans were put on the shelf after getting pretty sick of the project going on so long, but I still like the concept. If you build a wall, you'll also be getting into the expense of dirt to fill behind the wall. I'm sure your decorator's eye will settle on something pleasing to both the budget and the eyes.

Vel Criste said...

I like both, but for your cottage, I think brick would look better.

Lorrie said...

I like both, too, but since you already have stone on your cottage, I'd use stone. Love the stacked stone.

designchic said...

I love them both - such pretty examples. Can't wait to see your choice!

Sarah said...

We have stone capped stucco, not stacked like the photos you show. I don't know how you could go wrong with either brick or stone. Both will lend a beautiful texture to your landscape. Can't wait to see what you do.

Kelley said...

Kelley's a stone girl.

Hugs, Laura dahling.
Kelley~

Terri Steffes said...

Our backyard gardens have a stone edge but the front is natural. I love the stone!

Katie Mansfield said...

I like both. I've never heard of plastic bricks. My word.

Blondie's Journal said...

It really is tough work-mentally and physically. I love the low brick wall and Pinned it. We have some work for next spring. Keep up the good job and planning, Laura!

Jane x

Lana L. said...

Such beautiful pictures! I would love to sit and relax in every single yard. I love brick, but stone is much more popular here in the Pacific Northwest.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love the look of both! We used stone in our yard.

Linda said...

I like either or whatever is cheaper, lol. My yard is a mix of all sorts of edges (or not). :)

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

My grandfather built a stone wall out of stones he dug from his property in North Alabama. I always thought it was so unique and beautiful, since we don't have any rocks down here on the Gulf Coast!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love both stone and brick borders. I have a dry stone border in my garden that dreadfully needs redoing.

Rue said...

I like both looks. I have flagstone and granite rock walls (natural to this area), but I have brick around one of my front windows and on top of my half wall in the front, so I think it's fine to mix different things.

Love the new trash can drawer! :)

xo

Jaybird said...

hmmmmmmm how about a stacked stone wall with a brick cap????
I know, I know....I'm no help at all :^)
Blessings,
J