An important part of planning your landscape is the design of your driveway’s edging.
It’s often overlooked or dismissed as unimportant, but it’s something that’s easy to control and easy on the budget.
We cover some great driveway edging ideas here.
Driveway edging is important for controlling water, garden spillover, or for containing aggregate. Not to mention that when it’s done well, it adds significant curb appeal to your home.
Flat edge or raised edge
A driveway border edge can be flat like a grass or a brick pattern that lies flat with the drive, or it can be raised like a street curb.
Sourcing Materials for Driveway Edging
When looking for new ideas, keep in mind where you can source your materials. A driveway edge doesn’t have to be expensive to look great.
Brick can be reclaimed or inspired by what’s already in use on your patio or porch.
Belgium or Belgian bricks are rectangular quarried stones. You’ll find them used as driveways in many old houses. They can be used to edge an asphalt driveway or as gravel driveway edging.
Large stones will work on a garden edge.
Wood edging is also a common way to finish a driveway. If you live near a wooded area, ask the owner for permission to retrieve logs.
Here are a few more driveway edging ideas to inspire you.
1. Cobbles Surround Crushed Gravel
Cobblestones add a sophisticated touch to this parking court. They’re brought up a step from the driveway itself to become the driveway edging.
They keep the loose gravel from getting into the garden and onto the grass.
2. Use a Hedge for a Classic Look
Block paving sets the canvas for this home. A low hedge runs along the Belgian block edging.
A living edge can also be made using flower beds or ornamental grasses.
3. Raised Gardens and Grass Edge the Drive
An asphalt driveway takes on a formal look when they’re edged with Belgian blocks.
The garden beds are raised slightly, giving the driveway a sunken look.
4. Thin Beige Brick-Lined Asphalt Drive
Floral bushes and white brick pavers add so much elegance to the overall landscape design, it’s hard to remember this is a simple compact driveway.
Curved garden edging like this can be achieved using precast pavers or they can be poured in using cement or a resin compound.
5. Precast Cement Blocks and Permeable Pavers
Rounded precast brick adds a runoff to this driveway made of permeable pavers.
This design coupled with the mulch in the garden makes it unlikely rain will ever pool at the entrance.
6. Clay Pavers Edge an Asphalt Drive
This is a stunning edged driveway idea. The red brick edges are a striking contrast to the asphalt in the center.
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7. Cobbles Separate Grass From Pea Gravel
Belgian block pavers are an affordable edging idea for a gravel driveway.
They’re spaced far enough apart to allow pea gravel to drop into the channels, keeping them from rolling onto the lawn.
8. Light Brick and Low Hedge
This brick driveway has a flat edged in white blocks. A slightly raised line with low hedges adds polish to this contemporary home’s landscape.
9. Hand Cut Cobbles Line Brick Driveway
Raised edge blocks in a rough cut work with the transition from the mulch beds to the loose ashlar paver pattern on the driveway.
10. Crushed Gravel Driveway Lined With River Rocks
Loose gravel is a great base for large driveways.
The rocks used for garden edging help the drive remain true to the woodsy feel of the landscape.
via Barbara Wilson
11. Create Stripes With Black Gravel and Cement
A concrete driveway is separated into two paths. Black crushed gravel holds the line into the two-car garage.
The rounded cement blocks create the edging, curving around the corner at the bottom of the driveway.
12. Beige and Black Contrasting Driveway Idea
This intricate pattern made from stone pavers and tile could also be achieved using stamped concrete and resin casting. Since it’s a flat-edged drive, it could be broken up into sections and poured separately.
Driveway ideas like this take a lot of planning, but the end result will blend artfully into your landscape.
13. Retaining Wall of Grass
Here’s an example of a raised edge and flat edge pattern working together. Dark gray bricks are set next to the mulch bed on the left.
On the right side, vertical blocks using the same driveway flagstone pavers create a low retaining wall for the lawn.
14. Live Edge Grass Down the Center
This driveway is part of a larger hardscaping project. Pavers are flanked by a pristine lawn. Smaller bricks at the edge of the drive create room for more rain runoff.
Flat edging is usually the first choice for compact driveways.
15. Mulched Garden With Solar Lights
Low maintenance properties make gravel drive a popular choice in rural areas. If you live in a rural area, lighting might not be adequate on a long driveway. Adding lights helps keep drivers on the path and out of the mulch beds at night.
The owners also added a gravel color that contrasts with the dark mulch. The light-colored rocks and low plants also add reflective surfaces that help during nighttime navigation.
via Eco Lawn
16. Use Steel Edging for a Modern Look
Tile pavers on the driveway and steel edging highlight what’s possible in today’s modern home.
The steel edging provides a sleek contrast to the rough texture of the hardscaped front yard.
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17. Grass Live Edge and Mulch
Poured stamped concrete can be rounded off and finished with a clean, live edge.
This light gray driveway gets a nice edge with a deep green lawn and black mulch.
via Cut N Edge Lawn
18. Try a Live Edge With Rocks
Raised stone edging is created using a mound of mulch around a tree. The rocks provide the actual barrier, but the entire garden is an indicator of where the pavement ends.
19. Live Garden With Stand up Brick
A driveway gets a raised edging by standing Belgian blocks on their ends. As a decorative element against a garden bed, this edging mimics the look of the picket fence above.
A light-colored palette like this demands that the vertical blocks stay within that palette.
You don’t want to distract from the driveway or the flower bed. It’s better for the overall look of the stone pillars and pavers that the edging stones should remain gray.
20. Use Multi-Colored Pavers for Borders
This driveway border has three edges. The deeper colors of the brick provide contrast to the driveway itself. Next to this line is a line of long pavers.
These great pavers work with the rough textured blocks along the lawn edge to contain a section filled with pea gravel.
21. Red Brick Flows Into Walkway and Porch
Because brick comes in many colors, you can come up with an unlimited number of driveway edging ideas. They can be the focus of a new drive or an old house.
The beautiful red brick edging is used as flat edging along the walkway and porch, creating a seamless transition from the driveway paving.
22. Double Layer of Pavers and Brick
The easiest, most affordable way to get edging like this he’s with poured stamped concrete.
It complements the black asphalt, and it’s easy to achieve perfectly aligned contours.