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Living in the middle of a field, I found that I needed deep edging to keep out the grass which spreads by underground roots. I used 8" deep plastic edging. It's not easy to install when there are stones to contend with, but pounded down to level, it barely shows and does the job. It's hard to find the 8" stuff, though it's available through Gardener's Supply (though pricey). I also use it to contain my lily-of-the-valley, which I love, but which was taking over.
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These are just some of the areas in the garden wherein I've utilized edging and different border materials to include plants as borders themselves and structures like trellis/pergolas and arbors to create some type of separations;

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