While some gardeners love a wild, free-form look in their gardens, others prefer more tailored lines. Even if you cultivate a semiwild look around the edges of your yard, brick edging can keep the wilderness from getting out of hand. Bricks aren't expensive; they stack easily and they weather slowly, qualities that make them perfect for garden edging. If you're afraid of using the tired tilted-and-buried look to keep your flowers in check, don't worry. Brick garden edging is quite versatile once you put your mind to it.
Bricks are made for stacking, something you can take advantage of. Simply dig a trench along the edges of your garden about as wide and half again as deep as a single brick. Lay bricks flat into the trench as a foundation and stack bricks on top of those, staggering them so the second layer spans the cracks between the bricks in the first layer. You can make a retaining wall as low or high as you like this way. Stack your bricks flush together or leave a little space between them to accommodate curves and give the barrier an open feel. You might even want to pull a few vines between the bricks to make the garden look a bit aged. Only do this with a few plants; too many and your wall won't serve its purpose.
Mosaic and Paint
Your bricks are a perfect canvas for your artistic outlets. If you have old china, glass vase stones, sea glass pieces or polished river stones, glue them to the fronts of your bricks with tile glue. Mortar them and let them dry. If you have leftover outdoor paint or plenty of extra spray paint, stencil and paint your bricks with geometric patterns, vines, animals or celestial patterns. Paint either kind of brick with an outdoor sealer, and then stack or place them along the edges of your garden however you like. Dig a trench about as wide as your bricks are thick and half as deep as they are wide. Slip bricks sideways into the trench, stacking them in a staggered pattern. Your edging may be level or rise up into brick pyramids at points.
Herb Garden Patio
If you love to sit next to your plants during the day, try making a mini-patio containing both function and style. Remove the sod from the edge of your garden in a swath as wide as you like. Set bricks flat down into the area, leaving a little space between them. In some places, arrange the bricks so they form a square, diamond or hexagon with a hollow centre. Fill in the spaces between your bricks with pieces of sod. Plant colourful flowers or herbs in the centres of your brick shapes. This carries your garden into the brick, making the separation less sharp. Set a low lawn chair or Adirondack chair on the bricks along with a small, low table for a beverage and book. You have the perfect relaxation spot.
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