Maintaining Trees and Lawns

Ideas for Using Rocks in Your Garden

by Cherly Wheeler

Landscape rocks spread beautiful colours like pink, fawn, ivory, and purple around the garden. Here are several ideas to help you get started with designing the rock features in your yard.


Gravel and pebble mulch scattered over the garden beds will impede weeds and help to regulate the soil temperature. However, some stone species absorb heat, so check with your landscape supplies expert on which available pebbles will work best. Dark soil and brown mulch don't emphasize the lushness of many green plants. On the other hand, a backdrop of pale beige, white, and yellow stones will make the greens pop. Additionally, gravel mulch won't require regular replenishment as often as organic mulches.


Pathways help you navigate your way around the garden without damaging plants and lawn in the process. A trail will encourage everyone to walk along the same area. You could create a stepping stone path using stone pavers surrounded by rounded river pebbles. Otherwise, lay limestone, granite, or travertine pavers to form a path. Pavers come in shapes like squares, rectangles, and fan shapes that piece together to create beautiful patterns. Interlocking pavers typically sit atop a sand and gravel base, which drains rainwater and prevents puddles.

Retaining Walls

A way to give your garden an old-world look is to build a stone retaining wall. These barriers often function to hold back soil and to form level regions in a sloping garden. However, regardless of the terrain, you can craft a retaining wall to encircle garden beds and form borders around spaces like a patio or meditation garden. Natural boulders give the most natural appearance, but you'll need the help of an expert who can expertly place boulders of specific shapes and sizes to create a secure structure.

Construct a Rock Garden

Your garden may not have a water feature around which you can strew decorative rocks, but you can create a rock garden regardless. Firstly, choose a large boulder with an appealing shape and colour as the focal point, around which you can place smaller boulders of diverse sizes. Then, intersperse the arrangement with plants and flowers. Pebbles in sand, blue, and purple will draw attention to the area and provide a transition between the large boulders and the ground, tying the scene together. Make sure, however, that the plants have enough space and air in which to thrive and the rocks don't squash them.

For more information about landscape rocks or other landscape supplies, contact a landscaping company in your area.