7 Pond Edging Ideas

Creative pond edging ideas to beautify your garden pond

After installing your backyard pond, the next thing to think about is the pond edging.

Common edging materials like pebbles, plants and pavers not only enhance the appearance of the pond, they also hide the pond liner and help the pond blend into the surrounding area.

Here are 7 attractive pond edging ideas to complete the look of your pond.

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Pond decoration

Choosing the right edging for your pond

There are many different options when deciding what to put around your pond.

  • Casual pond edgings like gravel, rocks and pebbles help to naturalize your pond but need a bit more maintenance to keep the pond looking tidy.
  • Formal pond edgings like concrete, pavers and bricks are more work to install but require less ongoing maintenance.

Here is a thorough breakdown of the benefits of each type of edging.


1. Rocks and pebbles

Natural pebbles, rocks and stones are some of the most common materials for pond edgings.

Small rocks and pebbles with smooth edges are ideal for concealing the pond liner and helping the pond to blend into the surrounding area.

Large rocks can be stacked to create a natural looking waterfall or placed in shallow areas for birds and insects to land and have a drink. [1]

You can lay rocks around the entire edge of the pond or use them in a small section to create a pebble beach where wildlife can enter and exit the pond.

Just be sure to check that the rocks don’t have sharp edges, which can injure wildlife and damage your pond liner.

Pond edging with rocks

2. Plants

Pond plants help to naturalize the area around the pond and there are many different plants that will thrive in a pond environment.

Bog plants

Plants that grow well in swampy, waterlogged areas are known as bog plants.

These plants provide shelter for frogs and other wildlife that visit the pond and help to stabilize the bank around the pond to prevent erosion.

Some attractive bog plants are irises, canna lilies and pitcher plants.

Marginal plants

Marginal plants can be planted in shallow areas or shelves built in to the side of the pond.

You can also plant them in pots that are submerged in the pond.

Some popular marginal plants are lotus, water lilies and bacopa.

These plants are great for beautifying the pond but you’ll have to regularly scoop out the fallen leaves and flowers to keep your pond clean.

Pond plants

3. Lawn

Turf or grass can be used up to the edge of the water but it can be difficult to mow the lawn without the clippings going into the pond.

You can overcome this by letting the lawn right next to the pond grow longer.

Long grass is an ideal hiding spot for frogs and other wildlife that visit your pond.

If your pond is in a low lying spot, you may need to create a small drainage trench filled with gravel, about 6 inches (15 cm) away from the pond.

This will catch the water runoff and prevent the edges of your pond becoming too boggy.

Pond decoration

4. Concrete

Concrete is one of the more expensive edging options but it creates a tidy edge around the pond and it’s easy to keep clean.

5. Pavers

Paving tiles can be laid around the exterior of the pond and extended further out to create a seating or dining area next to the pond.

When laying pavers, it’s important to ensure that they’re not resting right on top of the pond edge, which can cause damage to the pond.

Pond edging pavers

6. Bricks

A row of bricks around the pond also makes a nice edge.

You can lay the bricks around the entire edge of the pond or build a small brick wall at one end where you can place some pot plants or create a wall fountain to enhance the look of your pond.

7. Hardwood

Hardwood or timber can also be used to create an attractive pond edge.

Hardwood is ideal for ponds with straight edges and it’s best to use untreated wood to avoid harmful chemicals leaching into the pond water.

So there are 7 attractive pond edging options to complete your pond.

Choosing the right edging materials will ensure that your pond becomes a focal point in your yard and remains beautiful for many years without requiring a lot of ongoing maintenance.


Which pond edging idea do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin. I'm passionate about gardening and horticulture, especially water gardens. I've been gardening most of my life and I created this blog to inspire gardeners to create their own water garden at home. Read more

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I really like the idea of using plants for pond edging but I’m sure they’d become overgrown. I think I’ll try rocks to edge my small backyard pond.

  2. Love your comments, ideas on plants and the coloring. I am using fairly large rocks and stones, and they’re very heavy so am making sure they’re placed where they are staying. My rocks and stone were gathered from a creek on our property that during storms push a lot them in the whirling water. We lost count how many we gathered and there are plenty more if needed or if we should require a small addition. Our pond is almost ready to turn the switch and sit back, enjoy and rest our sore muscles.

    1. Your pond edging sounds beautiful Cheryl. I’m sure it’ll be worth the hard work.

  3. I find it amazing that there are several ways to edge your garden ponds, such as adding a couple of plants or rocks! My aunt plans to add a pond on her lawn so that she could use it as an outdoor space for visitors. I hope this article gives her some ideas, such as having gravel delivered for her plan.

  4. I like the look of stone edging but can’t find anywhere to buy it. Flat stones 2inch 50mm would work for me. I live in Sheffield any ideas

  5. I had never thought to build a brick wall to hide my pot plants🤔

  6. Is there such a thing as faux thin flat stones to use as pond edging? Rocks and stones are heavy costly, any ideas would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Ruth, I’ve seen faux rocks on Amazon but not the flat stones unfortunately. Gravel is probably the most cost effective edging for ponds.

  7. Would it be ok use lumps of chalk in the bottom of my pond.

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