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Choosing the Right Rocks for Your Landscape The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years. Replace Mulch Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place. Plant a Rock Garden For a more exotic look, add a rock garden to your landscape. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun and install two or three small boulders. Surround the boulders with closely spaced low-lying flowers, such as portulaca (left), ground orchids or decorative cactus. Carefully fill in the gaps with smaller stones that complement the color of your boulders. Create a Centerpiece A large, unusually-shaped boulder can serve as an eye-catching focal point. Use as a tidy, low-maintenance centerpiece in a small garden, where an ornamental shrub might become too large or unruly. In larger gardens, a rock centerpiece can add visual interest to monotonous border areas, such as hedges. Build a Pond Border Large rocks are the key to giving your backyard pond that fairytale look. The right type of stone will help camouflage unsightly black pond liners and provide contrast to the dark pond water. Avoid using even rectangular pavers. For the most natural effect, choose rocks that are similar in size but irregular in shape and color. Create a Low-Maintenance Container Garden Instead of setting up a container garden on your deck or patio, where the pots need regular watering, place them in a rockscape that’s within reach of your sprinkler system. Line the area with a weed barrier and set the containers on top. Cut holes in the barrier, so the bottoms of the pots can fit through and settle into the soil. Make sure the pots have adequate holes for drainage. Surround the pots with small stones in a complementary color. The result is a striking container garden that gets watered whenever your sprinklers come on. Make a Stepping Stone Path A stepping stone path is a picturesque option for those shady areas alongside your house, where there is too little sun for most plants to thrive. It’s also a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side door or back door. For a tidy look, surround large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Landscaping with rocks and stones can be an elaborate process, but one that also has the potential to yield beautiful, long-lasting results. Whether you’re looking for flagstone patios, stepping stones, rock walls, groundcover or other uses for natural stones, our rock landscaping pictures and stone landscaping ideas will set you on the right path.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Fountains, pools, barbecue pits and other structures can be created from landscaping stones and rocks, both natural and synthetic. Bluestone is a trendy choice for natural stone hardscapes. Check with your local landscape supplier to discuss the porosity of the rocks you’re interested in.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Using rock pathways or stepping stones as part of your stone landscaping plan enhances your natural spaces with visual intrigue. It’s easy to think of gravel as blah or gray, but the material comes in so many colors and sizes, it has become a handy filler for just about any area in your landscape plan. Multi-colored gravel can have camouflage effect; dyed or white gravel makes the path more visible. Flat fieldstone works for stepping stones – just make sure that if the pathway is steep, rocks aren’t titled at an angle.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Although there are universal favorites among landscape designers, rock varieties can vary by region – from the largest landscaping rocks down to the tiniest of pea gravels. Georgia flagstone, for example, looks different than Oklahoma flagstone. National big-box retailers might carry many of the same varieties state-to-state (be sure to check if the stone is natural or “cultured” i.e. made of synthetic or concrete composite materials), whereas a locally owned landscape supply company might use natural stone products native to your region. The best place to begin your exploration of rock styles and types is on the web or in magazines. Get a feel for what you like, then you can decide how and where it might fit into your landscape design plan.
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Landscaping Rocks And Stones

Retaining walls, property line walls, garden walls, patio walls; there are endless barriers you can build with landscaping rocks of all shapes and sizes. Natural-looking stacked field or river stone walls provide a visual divide but lack the strength and longevity of a mortared wall.
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The beauty of a flagstone or natural slate patio is hard to top. For a more natural look, stones may be laid across a bed of sand with joints filled in with small gravel. A cleaner, smoother and more durable patio will have flagstones laid on top of concrete with mortar in the joints. Some contemporary patio spaces use small gravel as groundcover and larger stones around the borders.
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Instead of setting up a container garden on your deck or patio, where the pots need regular watering, place them in a rockscape that’s within reach of your sprinkler system. Line the area with a weed barrier and set the containers on top. Cut holes in the barrier, so the bottoms of the pots can fit through and settle into the soil. Make sure the pots have adequate holes for drainage. Surround the pots with small stones in a complementary color. The result is a striking container garden that gets watered whenever your sprinklers come on.
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For a more exotic look, add a rock garden to your landscape. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun and install two or three small boulders. Surround the boulders with closely spaced low-lying flowers, such as portulaca (left), ground orchids or decorative cactus. Carefully fill in the gaps with smaller stones that complement the color of your boulders.
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Cobble Stone: These rounded natural cobble landscape stones are great for creating natural stone accents in your yard or landscape design. An excellent choice for features such as a natural stone dry stream beds, ponds, and waterfalls.
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A stepping stone path is a picturesque option for those shady areas alongside your house, where there is too little sun for most plants to thrive. It’s also a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side door or back door. For a tidy look, surround large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color.
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Products may not be stocked at all RCP Block & Brick locations. Please call for availability. Rock and stone are natural materials and therefore actual color will vary. Please visit an RCP Block & Brick location to view actual product. Natural stone is a relatively hard, naturally formed mineral or petrified matter, produced by nature. Part of it’s beauty are the veins, color variation, striation and an infinite number of anomalies from fossils to fractures that create the unique look and feel of a natural stone. Therefore, considerable variations including, but not limited to, color, texture, size, and cleft may and probably will be present. These “imperfections” in color range, veining, and texture are responsible for creating the look, style and feel you are attempting to achieve. We at RCP Block & Brick strive to obtain and sell the highest quality and most diverse selection of natural stone available in the market today. Even though we do provide as much information as we have regarding any particular stone, it is still necessary for you to understand and accept one tried and true fact and a few possibilities about natural stone before making your final selection. Possible changes may include, but are not limited to: Dissolution – A process where some minerals are dissolved in water. Oxidation or “Rusting” – A process accelerated when iron-bearing minerals are exposed to high temperatures, moisture & oxygen. Spalling/Flaking – Caused by Freeze/Thaw, Thermal Expansion, Wetting & Drying or exposure to Salts. Several factors influence the type and rate of weathering, alteration and decay of any natural stone but it is important to know that one of these or some other conditions could affect your stone. All natural stone products are sold “AS IS”. There is no warranty of any kind expressed or implied. This is including, but not limited to the merchantability, fitness or suitability for a particular purpose. As such, the installation or use of natural stone products constitutes acceptance, thereby releasing RCP Block & Brick from any and all claims. All natural stone products are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. For More Information, Please Contact RCP Block & Brick – 794-4727

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