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The 5 Best Ways to Use Rocks in Your Landscape

The 5 Best Ways to Use Rocks in Your Landscape

Incorporating rocks into your landscaping brings natural beauty to your home. Whether you’re looking for a serene retreat or a resilient yard, using rocks in your landscape is simple and a low-maintenance way to transform your outdoor living space.

Here are 5 of the best ways to use rocks in your landscape:


1. Rugged Sloped Landscape

use rocks to create a rugged landscape

If you have a sloped front yard or hill, landscape with a rugged, resilient, and carefree look in mind. Take inspiration from natural mountains by planting wildflowers and sturdy shrubs with versatile multi-colored show rock, gorgeous granite rose rock, or oversized rip rap.


2. Drought-Tolerant Succulent Garden

use rocks in your landscape to accent a succulent garden

Succulent gardens are increasing in popularity due to their low-maintenance water requirements. Plant your cacti and succulents in a bed of red lava rock. These warm red rocks mimic a desert color palette and contrast the bold blue-greens of succulents.


3. Capturing the Beauty of Water

use rocks in your landscape to capture the beauty of water

If you have an existing pond in your yard, consider bordering it with large stones. Unable to commit to a pond or fountain? Try recreating a dry river bed with a natural meandering path using river gravel.


4. Minimal and Exotic Rock Garden

use rocks in your landscape to create a simple rock garden

Find serenity by focusing on a minimal rock garden. Just because they’re simple doesn’t mean they’re boring! Vary the colors and shapes of the stones to achieve sculptural beauty. Black granite rock is a striking true black stone that can contrast bright bamboo or other rocks wonderfully.


5. Use Rocks to Highlight Your Existing Garden

use rocks in your landscape to highlight your existing garden

Use rocks to bring out your favorite parts of your current outdoor living space. White marble rock can replace mulch and make your plants pop. Create a pathway of large stones in a sea of decorative pebbles through the yard so you can enjoy more of your land.

Bring the best out of your landscape with the help of Wilson Blacktop. We carry a wide variety of quality rocks as well as the landscape fabric and mulch to help enhance your garden. Based in Martins Ferry, Ohio, we’re happy to deliver our materials within a 50-mile radius.


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  • Ashley Turns
    August 22, 2017, 11:49 pm REPLY

    My sister is redoing the landscaping in her backyard and really wants to use these beautiful rocks she has found. So I like how you suggested using rocks to border a pond. Since she was already planning on adding a pond to her landscape design, I’ll be sure to let her know that she could place her beautiful stones around it.

  • Derek Dewitt
    August 24, 2017, 12:40 pm REPLY

    My wife and I are thinking about doing some landscaping in the backyard but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you incorporate water with your rockscape. We can’t afford a fountain so we’ll have to try recreating a dry river bed like you suggested. Thanks for sharing!

  • Deb Pearl
    September 13, 2017, 1:58 pm REPLY

    I recently bought a new home and I would love to do something to the front of my yard. I didn’t think about using rocks to make a cool landscape for my yard. I love the idea of having a succulent garden! That’s a good idea to pair the plants with red lava rock. The reds and browns would compliment the plants very well. I will have to look into what I could do! Thanks for the ideas!

  • alena
    September 13, 2017, 8:33 pm REPLY

    The minimal exotic rock garden looks awesome. My husband and I have modern taste, so I think this would go well. It will blend the style of our home out into our yard. I’ll have to look into this as an option for us.

  • Tracey Campbell
    May 19, 2018, 2:12 pm REPLY

    You forgot, paint and hide to brighten every ones day!

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