Stone edging can be a good way to mark flower beds or paths in gardens, but natural stone can be expensive. A more economical option is faux stone edging. Most of these products are made from concrete poured into moulds and treated to look like natural stone, although some products are made of plastic. Faux stone edging has a uniform size and shape, which can contribute to the uniform look of a traditional garden.
Poured concrete stone-look edging products can be a durable and economical choice for gardeners who want to edge their flower beds or paths with stone but don't want the cost or difficult installation of natural stone. The only problem that gardeners might encounter with concrete faux stone is moss or lichen growth on edging, because concrete is porous and provides a surface where moss can grow. In extremely wet or cold areas, concrete might also break down faster because of water seeping into the concrete and freezing. Always look for products that are sealed against moisture to prevent these problems.
Many gardeners think plastic garden edging products can look cheap, but plastic faux stone edging has the look of natural stone without the maintenance or weight. Plastic or resin edging products are also less likely than concrete to break down because of moisture. Because these products are lighter than actual stone, all plastic edging should be firmly anchored in the ground. When choosing plastic stone edging, take samples of the natural stone or paving materials at the garden site to match colour and style.
Garden product companies are now offering faux stone wall or edging systems that are made up of interlocking pieces. The fake stone edging comes in sections that fit together like puzzle pieces and are secured in the ground with metal spikes. These edging systems are available in various heights for garden walls, enclosed raised flower beds or path edging.
Some faux stone garden edging can be used for more than just to surround raised flower beds. Uses could include paving, retaining walls or edging for water features such as artificial streams or ponds. Concrete or brick edging can be a better choice for edging areas that will be under pressure, such as retaining walls, because plastic edging can break if it is too thin. As with any building material, measure the depth you will need for retaining walls or pathway edging before buying anything.