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Practical or pretty, edging has a valuable place in any garden. It complements plantings and expresses a gardener’s personality, but it’s also a supreme multitasker: It deters lawn from creeping into beds while keeping garden soil and mulch from spilling out. Our collection of edging ideas repurposes ordinary objects, such as license plates and small terra-cotta pots, into garden enhancements.
  • Cookie cutters

    After you’re done with your holiday baking turn those Christmas cutters into ornaments. To make them extra festive you can wrap them in Christmas themed gift wrap. When the holidays are over take the gift wrap off and use the cutters for baking again next year!

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Krisada

    Fruit Crates

    The colorfully labeled ends of wooden fruit crates bring color and eclectic style to the garden. Make the boards more weather-worthy by sealing them with several coats of marine-grade polyurethane.

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Krisada

    Retro Plates

    Shapely vintage plates brighten this garden. You can purchase chipped or mismatched plates at bargain prices at thrift stores or yard sales. Store them over winter to extend their longevity.

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Krisada

    Terra-Cotta Pots

    Surround a bed with terracotta pots in a range of sizes. To stabilize the pots, pack each with damp sand just before turning it upside down and placing it along the garden’s edge. You can buy these garden icons for pennies, new or used, with or without collars. Leave them in the garden season after season, and they’ll develop a rustic patina. 

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Krisada

    License Plates

    Salvaged license plates stand out as an ornamental element between plantings and landscape timbers. Thanks to the metal plates’ slender profiles, they slide easily into place alongside existing plantings. Arc the plates to adapt them to curves. 

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017

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