Natural stone makes a wonderful element in your yard or garden. In addition to adding contrast, texture, and even earth-based color to your landscaping, it can also become a rugged and durable ground cover that requires no water and almost no maintenance.
One of the best rock landscaping ideas is to use a stone border along your home’s foundation or near fences. By removing the sod, laying down some landscaping fabric, planting some bushes or plants in strategic locations and covering the area with rock, it makes for easier yard care. No longer will you risk damaging fences and other parts of your property with weed trimmers or when mowing the lawn.
To add even more elegance, you can delineate the rock area from the grass by adding a line of bricks to give an even neater appearance. Instead of a straight line as a border for the rocked area, consider a gentle curving edge which is more beautiful and offers visual flow.
A cozy option would be to create a fire pit in the backyard surrounded by rock. As with the border garden, you would remove the sod in the target area in a perfect circle. The area should be large enough for a fire pit and chairs. An area of 15 to 18 feet in diameter should be enough to offer seating for eight.
Create a fire pit using bricks or curved concrete landscaping stones. Line the area with landscaping fabric, then fill the area with gravel or small, smooth river rock (you may want to also ring the outer edges of the circle with brick). Then, place chairs or benches of your choice around the fire pit. Adirondack chairs painted in a rainbow of bright colors would be a fun option.
If you’re looking to add a little curb appeal, consider a different take on the traditional flagstone path to the front door. Dig out the sod for the path, lay down some landscaping fabric, then lay out the flagstones of your choice—but instead of nestling them close together, lay them a little further apart while still making them close enough to step from one stone to another. Then fill in all the rest of the path area with small scale rocks or large pebbles.
This will almost give the appearance of stone “lily pads” floating in a “river” of pebbles offering a whimsical approach to your front door. For a more attractive walkway, make the path gently meander a little instead of laying the typical straight path.
When choosing the right type of stones, be sure to keep the theme or tone of your garden in mind. To flank your lanai in a tropical climate, stick with flat terra cotta stones. For a more formal garden, white quartz or smooth river rock lends an elegant feel. For some Polynesian flair, use black lava rocks.
Although it may take a bit of work and expense up front, utilizing stone ground cover in your garden will save you a lot of money and time spent on maintenance in the long run. Try one of these rock landscaping ideas and you’ll have an impressive garden that will bring you many years of enjoyment.