Rocks provide a natural, textural element to landscape designs as well as a durable, low-maintenance, organic option that’s often quite eye-catching. Stones also can help hide or disguise problem areas, like ungraceful hills or grades, utility equipment, or unattractive foundation walls, or stand in for mulch in beds. Today, let’s look at some creative ways to add beauty and tips for landscaping with rocks, boulders, river rock, flagstone pavers, and more.
Rocks, boulders, and plants turn an awkward slope into an area that’s pretty and inviting.
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Landscaping an area with rocks and mulch yields an eye-catching and low-maintenance design.
Various size boulders, flowering plants, and vining ground cover create a natural-looking retaining wall.
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If you already have stones or boulders on your property, you can group them into beds, add a river rock base, and tuck in some plants around them.
Flowers mixed in with larger rocks is a beautiful (and easy) combination.
Mixing in large rocks into beds is a great way to mix up texture and sizes and rocks help retain moisture.
Smaller rocks added to garden beds are a fantastic way to hold in moisture and add texture.
Just as you can use different sizes and types of plants in your landscape design, you can incorporate a range of rocks and boulders for texture, contrast, and interest.
Constructed from large, flat pavers, this gorgeous stone staircase feels very organic and natural.
This stepped stone walkway cuts a pretty, winding path down this gentle slope.
Flagstone and river rock were used to create this walkway. Landscape edging contains the river rock at the sides for cleaner edges.
Instead of using rocks for the walkway, in this design, the stones outline the grass path and mingle with flowers and other plants in the beds.
Smooth, tumbled river rock can be used to border a flowerbed or to fill it in areas where you want low-maintenance landscaping.
Rocks are the ideal material for creating drain beds. Here, small stones were used to construct a dry river bed for redirecting and slowing stormwater runoff—and boost the home’s curb appeal in the process.
Large, flat rocks artfully arranged under a downspout provide stormwater runoff and also create a beautiful dry waterfall.
For a more modern look, this splash block combines fabricated stones with natural versions in an eye-catching design.
If you want to create your own rock walkway, this tutorial shows you how to combine large, flat flagstones with small decorative landscape rock.
In this design, beds edged with brick and filled with decorative landscape rock are illuminated by rope lighting that highlights the curve of the bed.
Rocks large and small can be used in so many unique ways in your landscaping. What creative uses can you find for them in your yard?
For more creative landscape and design ideas, you can find more inspiration here.
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