Could you please restate your question, Valerie? It got cut off just as you started the question! Thanks, we would love to help you with suggestions on what you are having trouble with.
I'm wondering about the best edge/ border for my flower bed? There were old timbers
that are rottening and would prefer not to use that again.
Hi, Valerie, I'm glad you got good answers for keeping weeds out of your flower bed! Now we still need to know how much sun vs shade it gets, how damp the area is, even what kind of soil you have and how big it is.
I'd walk through the neighborhood and ask friends if you could get a cutting from a plant you admire in their yard, or if they have a root bound plant that they were planning to cut in two, if you could have a chunk of roots when they're ready. Maybe someone is tired of the old look and ready to rip out and change their old plants? Be friendly and thoughtful and you'd be surprised how generous neighbors can be!
You'll still need to plan as it grows: taller plants in the back, or if it's circular, in the middle. What colors where to balance it. Be sure to write back with those answers and, please post pictures if you can. We love to see a work in progress. - Shuganne
Instead of timber like you had, you could go with brick, or there are a lot of attractive edging you could get if you want it more open. You could use the thinner rock like pavers stacked, there are all kind of options available to use that would suit your style. If you end up thinking the wood does look the best, make sure you use treated wood for the flower beds and it will last for many years without a problem.
I use just plan coiled plastic Landscape edging the most. It has less breaks and I can bury it a few inches into the soil to prevent some roots from entering the new bed. You can then add a decorative edging if you like. Pavers like Allen stones, stomp on plastic hollow bricks, individual pieces that slide into each other.