Garden Borders That Require No Maintenance

5 Garden Borders That Require No Maintenance

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Garden borders are easy ways to create a separation in your space. With the right plants and materials, you can add visual interest to a previously plain yard. But visual appeal isn’t the only thing they can contribute, since garden borders can also help prevent the growth of weeds and retain soil moisture.

Adding more plants to turn into garden borders doesn’t always mean you’ll also need to spend twice the time gardening since there are options that don’t require as much care. If you’re itching to give your garden a bit of a makeover, below are a few garden border ideas that don’t require any maintenance.

What is a garden border?

A garden border is a landscaping method that’s used for creating separation in certain areas in your yard. They can also be useful for making your space look more cohesive or for indicating a path to allow you to move around easier.

Plants – in the form of hedges, herbs, and flowers are commonly used as garden borders. But you can also utilize stones, pavers, and bricks to add contrast or texture. A good garden landscape will require careful planning, where you’ll need to consider its size, style, and climate to figure out where and which type of garden border to add.

What is a good border for a garden?

Using plants that are native in your region is one trick to make your garden border low maintenance. Since choosing the right plants that can go in your garden can get overwhelming, here are a few ideas to get some inspiration:

1. Lavender hedge

Lavender hedge is an excellent plant border if your garden is located in a sunny climate. These pleasing purple perennials grow best when planted in well-draining soil under full sun. They’re also drought-resistant so you won’t have to worry when your area is prone to dry spells. Fertilizing them is also not necessary so you can leave them to grow on their own.

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Lavender is also an effective insect repellent since its pungent smell is enough to drive pests away. You just need to remember to prune them in the fall to keep their foliage well kept.

2. Rosemary

Aside from adding flavor to your meals, rosemary is also efficient as a low maintenance garden border. This hardy plant can tolerate almost any kind of soil,  including sandy or poorly fertilized ones. Plant cuttings are also easy to propagate so you can quickly turn one plant into a hedge in no time. Since they can reach up to 2 meters high, rosemary is also commonly used as a privacy hedge.

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But if you want to see some blooms, make sure to look for the Tuscan Blue variety since they can give off dark blue flowers in the spring or early summer.

3. Monkey grass

If you’re looking for a minimal garden border, you might want to consider planting monkey grass. Also known as liriope, this hardy plant can survive in any type of well draining soil as long as it’s exposed to partial or full sun.

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But when planting monkey grass, make sure to use Liriope muscari since they grow in clumps that’s why they’re great as plant borders. Avoid Liriope spicata since this is an invading species that can easily take over your yard. 

To maintain monkey grass, you’ll only need to remember to trim its foliage by the end of the growing season to remove any dead bits and prevent it from looking lanky.

4. Azaleas

Vibrant azalea shrubs are also great as garden borders since they can grow as tall as 6 feet. They thrive best in acidic soil, but remember to give them good drainage. Azaleas will give fewer blooms when placed in shady areas, that’s why it’s better to plant them under partial to full sun.

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Their flowers are also available in a wide array of colors, including red, pink, orange, yellow, and white that can last from spring or autumn depending on the variety. If you don’t mind them losing their leaves in the winter, you can plant a few deciduous varieties – but if not, evergreen varieties will be more ideal for your garden.

5. Bricks, gravel, and stones

If you think your garden has enough plants for its space, you can also use bricks, rocks, or stones to create a clear border where your flower beds end. They’re also handy for creating raised flower beds since they will stop soil from eroding when they’re stacked firmly.

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Bricks will look best as garden borders when they’re neatly arranged on the edge. While using one type of stone can create a uniform look, and 2-3 types will make it look colorful. Covering your pathways with gravel will also eliminate your need to mow because weeds and grass will have a hard time to grow out of them due to the lack of sunlight.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.