Spotted often in English gardens and coveted by at least one US gardener (me): terra cotta edging to border paths and flower beds.
Made from fired clay, terra cotta’s earthy colors (muted shades of red or orange are most common) are an easy complement to foliage and and natural materials such as stone or gravel. Here are some of our favorite modern and classic styles to border beds (along with 10 sources to buy terra cotta landscape edging):
Antique Terra Cotta Tiles Above: One-of-a-kind lots of antique terra cotta edging tiles often have ornate patterns. This collection of 12 19-th century Antique Terracotta Edging Tiles from Antiques Atlas is sold.
Other sources for antique and vintage terra cotta garden tiles include eBay and Etsy (see below).
One-of-a-Kind Accent Terra Cotta Tiles
Above: An Antique Terracotta Border Edging Stone salvaged from the town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre in France is $44.44 from French Vintage Shop via Etsy. Handmade Terra Cotta Edging Above: Family-owned Bennetts Magill Pottery in Australia has five handmade Garden Edge Tile patterns including, from L: Prince of Wales ($4.90 AU each); Regal ($2.80 AU each), and Sovereign ($2.80 each). Ruffled Terra Cotta Edging Above: Another style from Bennetts Magill, Poynton Garden Edge Tiles are $2.80 each. Wavy Terra Cotta Edging Above: With a wavy edge, Majestic Garden Edge Tile is handmade in Australia by Bennetts Magill Potteries. It is $2.80 AU per piece. See below for more of the company’s collection. Rope Top Terra Cotta Edging Above: With a rope top pattern, Terracotta Edging is £6 from Hampshire Garden Supplies.
Sold individually or in pallets, terra cotta edging tiles are held in place by the earth. To install, loosen the soil, cover the tile with a wooden block, and tap in gently with a mallet.
Half Rope Terra Cotta Edging Above: Useful for edging a patio or walkway, a pallet of 60 pieces of Half Rope Edging Terracotta is £349 from Wye Pave. Terra Cotta Corner Tiles Above: Corner pieces to coordinate with rope top edging tiles, Dolly Rustic Red edging is £2 per piece from Hampshire Garden Supplies. Terra Cotta Lookalike Edging Above: Made in molds to replicate traditional terra cotta landscape edging tiles, Full Rope Top Edging tiles are available in six colors from Wye Pave; £375 for a pallet of 60 tiles. Above: Made of concrete and engineered stone, Rustic Rope Top Edging from Bradstone comes in four colors. For prices and information, see Bradstone.
N.B.: Whether you’re designing a landscape from scratch or overhauling a single garden bed, use our
Garden Design 101 guides for tips: