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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 With Stones

When most gardeners dive into a landscaping project, they typically — and naturally — think of plants. But landscaping with rocks and stones to accompany plants and trees or to use as stand-alone elements can be a refreshing way to add texture, color, and interest to your yard. Award-winning garden writer and author Barbara Pleasant (barbarapleasant.com) wrote Garden Stone (Storey Publishing, 2004), in which she offers tips to make the most out of landscaping with rocks and stones.
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Landscaping With Stones

Upgrade and beautify your outdoor living environment with our huge selection of patio stones and pavers and edging stones. Use retaining wall blocks, caps and leveling sand to give your lawn a sense of uniformity and order. Dealing with an uneven landscape? Hardscaping is a great solution. Build your own stone wall or retaining wall. Looking for unique ideas to add dimension to your yard? Try a railroad tie retaining wall and landscaping ties for a change. Lead the way with stepping-stonesand flagstones, or create a one-of-a-kind driveway using driveway pavers. Maintenance is a snap with paver sand and panels, jointing and polymeric sand and life-extending paver sealers. Fire Pit project kits are a convenient way to improve your yard’s appearance. Use edging to differentiate between your lawn and garden pathways with garden edging, lawn edging, or path edging. Looking for garden and landscape edging ideas and materials? See what you can do with your garden edges by using concrete edging, brick edging, or plastic lawn edging. Thinking about a rock garden or want to incorporate landscape rocks into your garden design or some creative garden ideas? Lowe’s has you covered. Stay warm with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Choose from a gas fire pit, stone fireplace, stone fire pit and more. Not sure where to begin? Learn what to do when building a fire pit. We also carry outdoor fireplace kits to get you started. If you’re in need of patio or backyard inspiration, check out our front yard landscaping ideas, backyard ideas and backyard patio ideas.
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Landscaping With Stones

Bring Out the Best in Your Backyard Upgrade and beautify your outdoor living environment with our huge selection of patio stones and pavers and edging stones. Use retaining wall blocks, caps and leveling sand to give your lawn a sense of uniformity and order. Dealing with an uneven landscape? Hardscaping is a great solution. Build your own stone wall or retaining wall. Looking for unique ideas to add dimension to your yard? Try a railroad tie retaining wall and landscaping ties for a change. Lead the way with stepping-stonesand flagstones, or create a one-of-a-kind driveway using driveway pavers. Maintenance is a snap with paver sand and panels, jointing and polymeric sand and life-extending paver sealers. Fire Pit project kits are a convenient way to improve your yard’s appearance. Use edging to differentiate between your lawn and garden pathways with garden edging, lawn edging, or path edging. Looking for garden and landscape edging ideas and materials? See what you can do with your garden edges by using concrete edging, brick edging, or plastic lawn edging. Thinking about a rock garden or want to incorporate landscape rocks into your garden design or some creative garden ideas? Lowe’s has you covered. Stay warm with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Choose from a gas fire pit, stone fireplace, stone fire pit and more. Not sure where to begin? Learn what to do when building a fire pit. We also carry outdoor fireplace kits to get you started. If you’re in need of patio or backyard inspiration, check out our front yard landscaping ideas, backyard ideas and backyard patio ideas.
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Landscaping With 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 With 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 With Stones

Charming Circle A gravel path winds around to a massive stone arch in the entryway to the “Sun and Moon Garden” in Ohio. Designed by Miriam’s River House Designs, the garden and walkway won a 2014 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award. Lakefront Look Georgia’s Jackson Lake may be the focal point of this property, but the stone steps and mulched beds outlined in stone beautify the space. Welcoming Details You will find multiple ideas in this yard, including curvy walls using stone that matches the exterior. Elongated stone pavers are embedded in grass, leading to the walkway of this custom home. Play Pit A section of yard can be carved out for a mulched bed and special feature, such as a sandbox with simple stone elements. Amazing Arch To create this stunning arch, Miriam’s River House Designs used linear stone side buttresses and the three top linear stones. The pieces of stone selected for the arch also have unusual formations and designs, and an angel sculpture can be viewed along the gravel path. Mixed Materials A mixture of mulch and pea gravel lays a striking foundation for the entryway to this neoclassical revival home, dating to the 1830s, in Madison, Georgia. Triangular Pattern Stone pavers cut in a geometric pattern are a key design element in a backyard that also has a stone patio with an outdoor kitchen and a pool house (not pictured). Low Maintenance for Lake Community A variety of mulched beds boost the look of this property, which backs up to a pond in the Harbor Club community on Lake Oconee in Georgia. Garden Pathway Use mulch and stone around one side of the home to lead people to your garden. Sculpted Backyard Sometimes the best-laid plans include stone and pinestraw. The design of the beds and patio placement by RPM Landscape and Pavers takes into account the slope of the backyard. Solution to Troublesome Yard A garden created by Dennis Hopkins of Northwest Botanicals uses mulch, wood chips, bark and cedar chips for drainage. Shredded Bark Mulch Used to Line Garden Pathway Try shredded bark to mulch pathways lined with plants and stones in a garden. Soft surfacing for garden paths consists of natural materials that include combinations of stone, wood and shell.

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