If you don’t love the look of your landscape, you should—and with a few well-placed natural stones you can. The addition of natural stone is one of the most versatile and affordable ways to transform the look and feel of your landscape design. Rocks add texture, color, and contrast, and replacing flower beds and sections of grass with natural stone is a major step towards home water conservation. Here are some ideas on how to use rocks in your landscape design. For more advice, or to see what types of natural stones you can use, visit a rockery in San Jose.
Determine a Design Aesthetic
The first thing you need to do in order to use rocks in your landscape design is determine the design aesthetic of your landscape and the look you hope to achieve with natural stones. For example, flat terracotta stones will perfectly complement a lush tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden or backyard space. Your local rockery and gardening center can help you choose the best stones given your design preferences.
Create a Natural Stone Centerpiece
If you want to make a big impression with natural stones, consider a large or unusually shapes boulder as an eye-catching focal point in your lawn or garden. A natural stone centerpiece is low maintenance and can add visual interest to monotonous areas, especially when properly lit with outdoor landscape lighting.
Go With the Flow (the flow of your landscape)
Rocks make excellent borders for flowerbeds, ponds, and sections of grass. If you will plan on building a natural stone border or walkway, make sure you follow the natural flow of your landscape design to prevent the rocks from looking disjointed and out of place. For the most natural effect, choose rocks and paving stones that are similar in size but irregular in shape and color.