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Rock-Lined Flower Bed

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008

Window boxes filled with vibrant flowers are a welcome sign of spring. But when it rains, the soil in them often spatters, dirtying windows and sills. To prevent the muddy splashes, spread river stones (available at garden centers) in a layer over the tops of the flower beds. The stones will act as a barrier while keeping the soil moist for the blooming plants.

Comments (3)

  • CakeLady46 18 May, 2011

    To avoid the splatters and the hot sun just use landscapers cloth and tack it down in the corners.

  • FOODTHINgK 17 May, 2011

    Nice looking idea, however concerned about the added weight of rock to the flower box. here in the PNW, shells might be a better solution and still add a nice look without the weight to the box.

  • Eroica55 17 May, 2011

    Great idea, except in climates with blazing hot summers like we have in Oklahoma. Except in almost complete shade, the sun would heat those rocks and incinerate the plants around them in a matter of hours.