Rocks can add texture, depth and drama to any outdoor space. And, they’re so versatile. They can define pathways, elevate hilly terrain for amazing height and dimension and be used in a water feature. You can even learn how to build a rock garden on a slope. But the best part? It’s hard to kill a rock garden. Some light watering and occasional weeding (if you’re going with greenery) is all that’s needed to keep a rock garden rockin’. Get more rock garden ideas for your backyard.
Is there anything prettier than a well-loved garden? This one belongs to Cape Cod gardener extraordinaire, Dana, who goes by @thisoldcapehouse on Instagram. Her cottage and its grounds are dreamy! Here, a jubilant assortment of plants – including salvia, allium, sedum, aster, rhododendron, roses, hyacinth, echinacea and a baby red maple – are elevated and defined by a trail of rocks.
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Scatter Those Stones
A stunning pink dogwood (Cornus florida) is a sight to behold in this spring garden, where the rocks are scattered amongst the flowers as a way to keep the weeds out and bring a controlled look to the flower beds. It’s one of many great small rock garden ideas.
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Neat and Tidy
Rock garden ideas for the backyard can enhance the overall scope, such as with this lovely garden made up of small shrubs and dwarf plants – without the rocks, it would feel messy and disorganized.
The sound of trickling water in the garden is instantly soothing. Transform an unloved section in your yard into a rock garden that incorporates a meandering stream composed of dynamic rocks, soil and plant life. Don’t forget to add a figurine!
Use Stones to Define Steps
Stone steps are nice and everything, but if you’re not that sure-footed, solid wood is the way to go. This impeccable craftsmanship by Ottawa-based Showcase Stoneworks shows such steps flanked by piles of pretty stones and jutting shrubbery.
Plant a Path
This rock garden has an impeccably neat contemporary feel. Because the rocks bring meticulous order, they’re perfect for defining pathways. Keep a single colour tone to make the look cohesive.
Go Big for a Sense of Drama
Oversized rocks act like natural sculptures in a yard, though you’ll need help getting them there. The large beautiful stones create surfaces for plants and flowers to cling to and spring from, adding height and interest.
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