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How to Create a Beautiful Rock Garden for Your Home

How to Create a Beautiful Rock Garden for Your Home

A beautiful yard and outdoor living area makes a house feel like a home. Careful landscaping can bring a smile to your face every time you step outside. One of the simplest ways to do this is with a rock garden. Here’s why it’s an ideal way to enhance your outdoor living space:

  • Low Maintenance: Set it and forget it! Rocks don’t require mowing or replanting. Arrange them as you like, sit back, and enjoy.
  • Year-Round Beauty: Grass turns brown in the fall, and the flowers are all gone by winter. Rocks are beautiful no matter the season.
  • Variety: Just another patch of green grass? No way! A rock garden offers infinite options in terms of color, style, material, and arrangement.

This is how to create a beautiful rock garden for your home:

Step 1: Clear a Space

making a place for your rock garden

Decide where you want a garden and make sure the area is clear. It’s best to build it on a slope for natural drainage.


Step 2: Design Your Rock Garden

a rock garden design
Look online for inspiration. Consider stone pathways, boulders, and plants. Better Homes & Gardens offers a list of suggestions for plants to use in a rock garden.


Step 3: Select Your Stones


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Try eastern shore egg rock or Arctic rainbow rock around existing trees and plants. Lay white marble rock next to lava rock to create beautiful contrasting patterns. River rock, with its generally rounded edges, can be used for a pathway. There is a wide variety of stone available to complement your existing structures and suit your preferences.

You may want to consider a selection of boulders, large rocks, small stones, and flat stones, depending on your vision for the garden.

Arrange Your Rock Garden

finished rock gardenStart big and work your way down: set the boulders first, then move to the plants and smaller stones. You can add some mulch between your stepping stones, for example, to add some visual interest and prevent erosion.

To start your rock garden project, contact Wilson Blacktop. We offer a variety of stone in all shapes, sizes, and colors, aggregate products, landscape fabric, and mulch in several colors to help you create a rock garden you’ll love, and we’ll deliver it all within a 50-mile radius of our home base in Martins Ferry, Ohio. We look forward to learning more about your rock project.



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  • Braden Bills
    August 30, 2018, 1:45 pm REPLY

    I want to make my landscape look beautiful. I can see how a rock garden would add a lot! The fact that you don’t have to maintain rocks make it a pretty solid choice.

  • Kate Welling
    October 18, 2018, 8:10 pm REPLY

    My sister is building a new house, and she wants a big backyard that includes a rock garden. I will remind her to build it on a slope for natural drainage. I will let her know this information. The eastern shore egg rock is my favorite, so I hope she picks that one!

  • Braden Bills
    December 10, 2018, 3:30 pm REPLY

    I want to make a nice rock garden. It makes sense that a variety of gravels and rocks would really make things look better! I’ll be sure to set up a design before I have rocks moved in.

  • Stefan Bradley
    June 27, 2019, 6:26 pm REPLY

    Thank you for bringing the fact that rocks only require an extremely low level of maintenance since they don’t need to be mowed or replanted. My wife and I want to add a garden into our home and we think that surrounding the garden with small pebbles would make the yard look beautiful. We will be sure to remember that rocks like gravel require little to no maintenance.

  • Tyler Johnson
    June 28, 2019, 6:39 pm REPLY

    That’s good to know that you could get natural drainage if you put your rock garden on a slope. I would think that would be nice since the grass doesn’t grow very well on the slope in my yard. I’ll have to consider getting a rock garden to replace it.

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