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I've just had the ugly front garden of my 1930's house dug up, it was all concrete. I've kept a small hardstanding for our motorbikes and I have decided to plant a white garden inspired by Sissinghurst, i think it will look wonderful especially at dusk. My problem is I need to surround this garden area with something, I can't find any flower bed edging I like and it is all ridiculously expensive for what it is, I hate box, I find it a bit old fashioned and prissy (sorry if anyone out thee loves box edging). I'm really looking for a cheap border edging that looks tidy and is also attractive. I'd really appreciate some inexpensive ideas. Bearing in mind this is the front of my house so it does need kerb appeal.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Are you looking for something evergreen Lou, and what kind of aspect do you have? I presume it's something shrubby you want rather than a perennial which will die back in winter. Also, what sort of height - something to keep as a low hedge or something taller?

    It's almost bare root hedging season so there will be inexpensive planting available from specialist nurseries, which might be a solution image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693

    Take a load of lavender cuttings, maybe. It will take time of course to get them to look like anything.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Hi there, thanks for the ideas, what I meant was I'd like a natural wood or fence to surround the areabut all so expensive, I was thinking maybe I'd get hammer in willow hurdles. Although white lavender sounds like a good idea and santolina, I had not thought of that!


  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    The front garden is North-East full sun.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    And seaside image

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Lou, keep your eye on ebay, i got a load of stone, the type you use for rockeries for free, i used it to make a low wall and edge a path.

    You could look for anything image

    Im with the others tho, a little hedge would look lovely image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913

    I know a lovely front garden on the coast which has a posts with holes drilled through, and nautical rope from a ship's chandler threaded through, a bit like this 

    It looks really effective. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    All wonderful ideas, thank you so much. We have a bit of a problem with the gas pipe which is basically lying on the surface of the plot we dug up and needs the gas board to bury it a bit deeper then I shall be getting to work. Bare root plants thanks to you (I had never thought of that) season is coming up so I will be able to buy many more plants than I thought I could afford. Also the plants I have sown from seed are doing very well image

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