Landscaping ideas that stand out have elements that are truly organic to the outdoors. The use of rock, stone, and gravel never fails to add that extra feel to simulate a natural outdoor environment. Nothing could be more organic than rock, stone, and gravel. Including these elements in landscaping ideas raises the design bar. Their inclusion also breaks the monotony of greens in the garden. They likewise help economize. Using gravel, for instance, is an inexpensive alternative for covering areas where plant growth is anemic. Take a look at some suggestions for using rock, stone or gravel to help diversify your landscaping ideas.
Create a Gravel Pathway or Driveway
The charm of a gravel pathway or driveway is simply unmatched. The sound of crunching gravel under rolling tires is so evocative of country house charm. Essential to using gravel to form a pathway or driveway is defining the area so gravel does not spill out. An effective and inexpensive material to use for this purpose is pavers. Simply define the path on both sides with pavers, burrowing about half their depth into the soil. Even though this may just be an inch deep, they will not budge. Create one to three columns, depending on the size you are outlining. Once you have finished the entire path, begin placing the gravel until the entire earth is covered. Gravel is also an alternative to use in small areas, rather than grass or ground cover.
Use Rock Formations to Decorate a Wall
Though not a DIY project, wall rock gardens give off a superbly rugged appearance that mimics natural stone formations. Otherwise, ordinary concrete walls are transformed with the creative use of stones. More elaborate landscaping ideas add running water systems into these rock gardens. Ask your landscapist to select natural stones shaped as if they have been exposed to intense water friction and lots of sun exposure. Your rock garden could also be your water feature already.
Use Stone to Design an Outdoor Fire Feature
If you live in an area that will benefit from a fire feature, then stone and rock are choice materials. Outdoor fireplaces have been in demand as of late. Simulations of natural stone formations housing fire pits can be quite beautiful. They add the x-factor to outdoor landscaping ideas. Typically, outdoor fire features will use bigger paddle stones, boulders or cobbles. To transition from the pit back to greens, gravel or pebbles are used for a subtle changeover.
Landscaping ideas are not really complete without the integration of rocks, stones or gravel. Just like any design plan, their manner of inclusion will be very individual. Stones come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. The prices will vary too, depending on many variables. More than anything stone adds credibility to your outdoor layout, offering a perfect counterpoint against the fragile and gentle nature of plants and flowers. If perhaps a garden could say something to a stone (cheesy as it sounds) it would declare “you complete me.”