Excitement is permeating the outdoor space- just talk to an expert, and youll feel it too. Materials, both new and centuries old, are transcending the ordinary, even the high-end rubric; instead, they are interesting, they evoke warmth-they tell a story. The key words are no longer form and function but rather, beauty and technology. Together, these two formerly opposite elements create intimate spaces that are vividly original.

Steering away from the natural stone and wood edging, here is an example of a more industrial option – cinder blocks. While this may not be the first thing to come to mind, cinder blocks are very well-suited for this purpose. They are easy to install and can be placed with a slight curve, as seen above. You can also use the voids to grow more flowers around your garden. They could even be painted to compliment your house or other parts of your garden.ProsEasy installationEasier to constructL…