While gravel can be spread on the walkways, large pieces of rocks can be used as accent boulders. You can also use rocks to highlight some interesting spots or special plants in your landscape. These rocks can also be used to hide any flaw in the landscape.
A large boulder can be used as a focal point in your garden. You may choose one with an unusual shape or color. Instead on placing it on the ground, bury the bottom of the rock for a natural effect. It will be a good idea to grow some plants around the base of the rock, as an added attraction. You may also use pebbles or gravel to soften the looks of the boulder.
Landscaping rocks are among the best options, as far as ground cover is concerned. You may use such rocks to cover the open areas of your garden or as a base for plants and accent boulders. Ground cover rocks too are available in different colors, from which you must choose the type that is best suited for your use.
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If you want a natural edging material for your garden or flower bed, rocks can be a good option. There are different types of rocks that can be used for this purpose. Medium-sized boulders can be arranged in a winding pattern for a natural look. Another alternative is stacking flagstones. When it comes to the use of thin flagstones with flat surfaces, vertical arrangement can also be done. River rocks with smoother surfaces are also ideal for edging.
When it comes to garden walkways, gravel is one of the commonly-used materials. You may spread newspapers (beneath the gravel) to prevent the growth of weeds. Other options include pebbles, small-sized rocks and large rocks with flat surfaces.
Rocks are excellent as an edging material for your garden pond. Apart from offering a natural look, rocks can hide the edges of the pond liner. River rocks and boulders are ideal for pond borders. It is always better to avoid use of soft rocks. In case of a pond with very few visitors, you can use stacked rocks as borders.
However, if the pond is located in an area that is frequented by kids and pets, you must not have any loose edging materials. In that case, make sure that the rocks are fixed well. You may use mortar to hold the rocks in place.
A water feature in the garden is very common nowadays. Be it a pond or a waterfall, rocks are usually used for that natural feel. You may combine a pond with a waterfall as well. Apart from some flat rocks for the spillway, you must also collect stones of different shapes and sizes. Flat rocks in the spillway will create a cascading effect.
If possible, incorporate some twists and turns, so that the flow of the water looks natural. If required, secure the rocks with cement, or else bury them halfway. As in case of pond borders, use sturdy rocks for waterfalls too.
Types of Landscaping Rocks
Landscaping rocks can either be natural or artificial. Natural stones (which are less expensive) are preferred to artificial ones, due to their durability and low maintenance. Among the natural stones, the colorful and bigger ones may cost you more, when compared to small-sized ordinary rocks/stones. The most commonly-used and popular landscaping rocks are flagstone, limestone, Pennsylvania blue stone, buckshot, cobble stone, granite, veneers, quarry stone, pink quartz, and purple quartz.