How to Use Rocks in Your Landscape
Natural stone is one of the most versatile elements available for a landscape makeover. Landscaping with rocks adds texture and contrast, providing durable groundcover that requires little or no maintenance.
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Choosing the Right Rocks for Your Landscape
"Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a 'living sculpture'," says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place.
Use Rocks in a French Drain
Install a French drain using pebbles to create an appealing drainage solution in your yard.
Learn More : How to Install French Drains
Sidewalk Landscaping With Rocks
If there are no major HOA restrictions on landscaping your street strip, why not be creative? This sample from garden designer Rebecca Sweet features a colorful, eye pleasing mixture of river rocks, mulch and ornamental grasses and plants for maximum curb appeal.
Use Landscaping Rocks to Create a Fairy Ring
Stack landscaping rocks a few rows high to create a barrier between the plants and the play area in this DIY children's fairy ring you can create in your backyard.
Learn More : How to Create a Magical Backyard Fairy Ring
Asian Garden Design
This Asian garden uses stepping stones and rocks to create an organic landscaping design that blends beautifully with nature.
Create a Beautiful Vignette
A mixture of rocks, stone slabs, potted plants, ornamental grasses and ground covers transform the border areas of this pool into a wonderful study in textures and contrasts.
Plant a Rock Garden
Create a Centerpiece
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Round Fire Pit in Middle of Outdoor Kitchen
These homeowners have it made in the shade, with a built-in outdoor kitchen and stone fire pit that makes their yard ready for entertaining.
Front Entrance to Beautifully Landscaped Home
The front yard of this contemporary lakeside home features a beautiful, symmetrical design with concrete retaining walls, a gravel walkway and green shrubs filling the landscape with natural color.
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Build a Naturalistic Poolscape
Stacked stones and natural rocks are placed around this swimming pool to create an organic design that compliments the nearby lake view.
Rustic Fire Pit
A small fire pit embedded in a stone patio and circled by wooden chairs creates a rustic feel.