Sometimes a design needs an edge. We're not talking about that special something that raises a design above others, although obviously that's good. We mean a real, physical, tangible edge. It could be for neatness, to give definition. It could be for practical reasons, to stop soil spilling onto paving. It could be to mark a change in levels or even create a raised bed. We're talking about our Edging Stones.
Launched this month, our off-the-shelf range includes Edging Stones in Indian Sandstone (Raj Green, Kandla Grey, Mint and Autumn Brown) and in some of the most popular colours in our Sawn Sandstone Paving range: Beige, Harvest, Buff and Contemporary Grey.
Of course, some designers and landscapers have been requesting bespoke edging stones for some time but, if you've not incorporated them into a design before, what do we see them used for?
Well, the edging stones are 600mm wide and 200mm deep and designed to be laid vertically, so that, once embedded, they'll rise 100mm above the ground. The top two edges of our Sawn Sandstone Edging Stones have simple pencil-round edges for neat, minimalist lines, while the Indian Sandstone Edging Stones feature a hand-chiselled, rock-faced upper edge which works well with the riven surface of the paving slabs and is useful when you want to add a layer of texture to your design.
We're excited by the possibilities and foresee not just neat edges to borders and paths, although along a planted border they'll certainly help keep flowers and foliage from flopping across the path and keep nearby paving clean, but also a solution to shallow terracing without the need for bricks. And, with grow-your-own areas still a popular request in some garden designs, we think these could do a good job of harmonising productive raised vegetable beds with an overall design.
But what do we know? Experience tells us that you'll have ideas for using them that we haven't even thought about, and if you send us your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org we'll make sure we feature you and them on Twitter and Facebook.