A gorgeous Modern Country front garden. Behind smart cast iron railings, four bay trees stand either side of a black and white encaustic tiled path, leading to a red brick double-fronted Victorian house. Behind them are small squares of lavender, bordered by buxus hedging. More details and images on Modern Country Style blog: The Best Front Door Paint Colours: Dusky Purples
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' . dogwood. Max height 1.5m. Spread 0.8m. deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn, fall. Kooks best planted in groups in damp areas , beside water, or in a winter border. It's best in full sun, and works well with red or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.
My favorite edging - Steel. Its strong, bends, changes color, you can seal, paint it, takes up minimal space, can be recessed or use to create steps. My 3 recommendations, 1- dont use a thin (gage) steel because it will bend when people step on it or to thick that you cant work with it . 2nd if your budget is tight check a local metal shop, see if they have cut scrap pieces you can buy. 3rd hammer the furtherest corners of your edging to be safe.