Planting a plethora of new rose bushes is not enough to make your landscape stand out. And in some cases, roses can't even be used in a landscape, such as in an Arizona landscape design. Homeowners often overlook garden edging when it comes to landscaping. Yet edging is what makes plants stand out. This is because it creates clean, distinctive lines and sections that set elements apart in a yard. It is also a wonderful way to create focal points in your landscape.

Residential landscape designers use edging because it offers flexibility and versatility. You can use it in numerous ways throughout a landscape and there are various materials and techniques that can give you many different looks. While you can consult with a residential landscape designer who can create gorgeous edging designs for you, you can also create many lovely edging designs all by yourself. All you need is a good eye and a few materials.

There are a number of materials that you can create edging with. You can use anything from sea shells to cement. The most common garden edging materials include wood, metal, brick, stone, and cement. To create your own edging it is simplest to start with brick or stone, but you can also find edging kits at your local home improvement store. Some have faux or pre-cast cement edging that is simple to put together. Some have plastic faux stone edging that can be pieced together, and so on.

If you want to give edging a try you can start out on your own by buying bricks or stones. These are the easiest materials for homeowners to work with. You can get creative and try to come up with your own designs, or you can try out some simple, traditional edgings. To get started you can try out one of these easy but visually effective ideas. Whether you want to make your roses standout, or whether you have an Arizona landscape design and you want to make your cacti standout, you can do so with these simple ideas.

Diagonal Brick Edging
Start by digging a shallow trench around a selected plant bed or landscape element. Place your bricks in so that they lie on top of each other at a diagonal angle. Place the dirt back into the trench to cover the bottom of the bricks. The end result should look like a row of brick pyramids peeking out of the ground.

Flagstone Edging
Take your flat flagstone rocks and place them in small stacks to give them a little height. Then take the stacks and place them close together around the perimeter of a plant bed or landscape element.

Picket-Fence Edging
Take any type of cut wood that you would like and place it around the perimeter of a plant bed or landscape element. The wood should be placed close together to create a "picket-fence." Also, make sure to place it deep enough into the ground so that it will not easily come out.

Boulder Edging
This is a simple rock edging. All you have to do is place your boulders side-by-side. You can do this with smaller rocks too but it looks striking with larger rocks. Using rocks of slightly varying color and size will provide a natural and organic look.