What postcard images do we associate with Ireland? Ould lads drinking Guinness? Donkeys and carts? Shamrocks? One of the most enduring motifs associated with Ireland is surely that of green fields surrounded by loose stone walls. There is something about a loose stone wall in Ireland that just looks ârightââthe stones are simply part and parcel of the land, and they speak too of the hands that built them. And so lawn edging ideas inspired by the Irish countryside will naturally work and look well in any Irish garden.
While our featured image was snapped in America, it can still inspire us to make our garden beds more dramatic and our garden landscaping projects more appealing. The red bricks of the edging make no attempt to match with the colours of the natural stone, which is just as well: edging pavers in the colour of the house seem to work quite well here. The garden landscaping project in the picture creates an extremely deep bed from front to back, but this is largely decided by the size of the garden.
This garden landscaping plan provides two beds for planting, with the bed nearest the grass reserved for smaller, tidier plants and shrubs. The mulch will make it easy to maintain too by keeping down the weeds. However, while the stones look quite heavy, there may be movement of the stone wall after construction. Two forces will be at work here: the earth behind the wall will tend to slowly flow or creep toward the lawn, while the top row of stones will tend to sink into the soft earth behind them, leading over time to a lowering of the wall, unless it is bedded on a firm, compacted gravel base.
The stones will provide shelter for insects, mice and shrews, and will become even more attractive over time, as grasses and dandelions (the gardenerâs favourite!!) will sprout between them. Planting some heather between the stones is another option. If you have access to nice stones, you can easily construct something different to the run-of-the-mill garden edging, and the rain will wash the stones clean over time. All you need is a plan, a pile of stones, and plenty of elbow-grease!
The team of Garden Landscapers at Ashbrook Garden Centre and Landscaping are experts in tarmac, cobblelock, garden landscaping, wooden fencing, bird houses, garden ideas, and general garden design. Contact us for a free consultation.