Stones to Make Your Garden RockSelecting the best landscaping
Rocks and stones is important for any landscape. They're
functional and provide a distinct natural beauty.
There are many kinds to choose from. The goal is to select the
ones that will result in the most dramatic, pleasing, and
When it comes to landscape design, it will be helpful to
become familiar with the terms softscapes and hardscapes
Softcapes pertain to the living elements of the
landscapes, like plants and flowers.
Softcapes pertain to the living
elements of the landscapes, like plants and flowers.
Hardscapes are those non-living elements that include rocks and
Rocks and Stones
Rocks are particularly durable and not easily destroyed. They are
perfect to use for pathways and retaining walls, and to enhance
the appearance of a pond mini-waterfalls.
Available in different sizes - they are ideal for water
landscapes, like falls or cascades. Large boulders can be used for
marking a driveway or for the entryway to a garden and can provide
a dramatic effect to the design. Make sure that they are
strategically situated to attract maximum attention.
Digging a shallow hole, 4 to 6 inches deep, and placing your
larger boulders in it will give the area a more natural
These stones are perfect for walks and patios. They are thin and
smooth and come in various shades, sizes, and distinctive shapes.
They are usually placed above a layer of sand. Flag stones can be
adjusted to make many pleasing designs.
When used in drier locations, river pebbles are the best choice
since they help with water conservation. They can also be used as
a decorative balance to plantings.
Beautiful and versatile, granites can be carved into garden
furniture like tables and benches or simply used for decoration.
Other Tips in Choosing
Appropriate Rocks and Stones
1. Consider the space available when making your choice. Take note
of the proximity of one to another. Make sure that they don't
block a path or an important view.
2. Some rocks can help implement specific color schemes. Select
red, grey, yellow or white areas or create colorful combinations.
3. Porous rock is a better choice for a weathered look. They are
receptive to growth of mosses and other plants like creeping
4. Avoid using sharp rocks near a pathway.
5. For a more natural look, choose rocks that are of similar
appearance, considering texture, color and form.
Stepping Stones can provide a walkway across a pond,
through your garden, across lawns, wherever your imagination
would take you.
Utilize rocks in creative ways. Choose well. Simply use your
imagination to make the stones functional in design. Make your
rock and stone areas look as natural as possible.
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