cheesesteakwithegg wrote:I want to build a flower bed in my yard this weekend. Does anyone have any recommendations on what type of edging stones / bricks to use to outline / build the bed with?
It's all based on personal preference and budget. Me, I was on a limited budget and simply used stones from a riverbed. Initially, I thought the idea was bad, but really needed something to set a defined boundary. Once finished, I was really happy with the result. As for purchased materials, you can go with recycled bricks that are put end to end or even put in the ground at an angle. You can also go with landscaping bricks, which generally are more decorative. And most expensive would be landscape retaining wall block -- which I'd only use if making a significantly large bed.
My recommendations in order of preference:
1. River rock. It's free, and if used in limited quantities, is really nice. If you want to see what I've done, I'd be glad to snap a few photos and post them.
Rough idea I found online - http://a-yard.com/wp-content/gallery/ga ... border.jpg
2. Landscaping timbers (which I didn't list above). If you're building a defined flower bed/garden that is square or rectangular in shape, this are cheap, easy to work with, and effective. Plus, they can be stained toy our color of choice, and end up looking great.
Vertical - http://www.leavesandlifestyles.co.uk/ac ... -small.jpg
Horizontal - http://weblogs.dailypress.com/features/ ... %20bed.jpg
3. Landscape pavers. They can range from tacky to classy.
Tacky - http://static.houstonproservices.com/im ... lop-01.jpg
Classy - http://prideandjoylandscaping.com/edgin ... edging.jpg
4. Block. Very nice, but can be clunky in small spaces and can get expensive in large spaces.
Example - http://www.drockcenter.com/images/marshal_ex.jpg
5. Recycled bricks. Not a fan.
Tacky - http://img.ehowcdn.com/thumbnail-140x14 ... 00x800.jpg
Ok - http://homebuilding.thefuntimesguide.co ... iveway.JPG
If you're going to buy, make sure you go to Lowes. Get gift cards at Giant Eagle for Fuel Perks, then go to your post office and get a moving package, which includes a 10% off Lowes coupon. If you need additional help, let me know -- I love landscaping and have done a good bit of it (as an amateur) over the last 15 years.