I have flagstone around my landscaping areas. When the regular grass is trimmed with an edger or weed whacker, the flagstone protects the flowers/plants/bushes from getting whacked. I love the look of natural rocks and the rocks last forever..
I like mulch because the brown color contrasts from the color of the grass. Just a thought. You can replace the mulch with pebbles. This will contrast with the grass and though it may be costly, it is forever and you will end up getting your moneys worth. Lay down weed fabric first because picking weeds out of pebbles is blah!
You can plant monkey grass along all of the edges to border your flower beds. This is a small grass that doesnt really die and if you trim it with the weed trimmer its not too bad and it regrows. You have to consider cost here because with 5 beds you will need alot.
GL! I was outside to day just dreaming of all the plants to buy this year.
at 4:59 PM on Mar. 23, 2010