Using Stone in Ornamental Landscaping Design

ornamental rock bouldersHardscaping has a practical purpose, but it also can have an ornamental purpose in your landscaping design. When using pebbles, boulders, drystack and other stones for ornamental purposes in your landscape, you add beauty that blends the function of the stone with nature to create an outdoor work of art.

There are many different types of decorative stones to use in a landscape. Choose from crushed stone, gravel and native rock in a variety of sizes, textures and colors. Depending on the size and type of stone that you choose, your options are limitless for adding an ornamental touch to make a beautiful and unique outdoor setting.

Six Ways to Give Your Landscape an Ornamental Touch with Stone

  1. Use stone as groundcover to add texture and color to different areas of a garden, or around driveways, walkways, pools, and recreation areas. Be creative by making your own design along a grass border or by widening an existing sidewalk. Specialty crushed stone, river rocks and lightweight aggregates can help give an unforgettable natural look to any outdoor area.
  2. Mix and match large boulders with an area of smaller pebbles. You can add two to three boulders to a garden bed and then surround the area with a border of pebbles. The larger the boulder, the more prominent is the appearance. For a less prominent effect, switch it up by adding smaller pebbles as mulch around plants and then place medium-sized boulders or riverrock around the bed in place of edging.
  3. Create something special using boulders. Place one large boulder or a few together in a decorative display. You can choose a location that almost implies a story. If you have a pond, randomly place a few boulders to create a natural feel. Or if it is structure you are looking for, choose several boulders of the same size and space them at consistent intervals in or along a garden bed.
  4. Stack drystack stones or riverrock in columns or create a wall for visual height or depth. Placing four stone columns around an outdoor seating area or building a short stone wall around a patio can set apart the area by acting as a decorative frame.
  5. Use drystack stones or granite cobblestones to build an ornamental design feature. A fountain or fireplace adds luxury and beauty to any landscape. If it is a casual atmosphere you are designing, stack the stones in an offset pattern or with no particular pattern. If you want to achieve a more structured appearance, stack the stones evenly in a consistent pattern.
  6. Add custom cut limestone, bluestone and sandstone fabrication to pool and spa copings, outdoor fireplace surrounds, and window sills and trims for ornate detailing that is sure to impress. Fabrications are custom cut to your designs and will enhance the beauty of any outdoor space.

As a landscape architect or homeowner, you are sure to have projects where you will find unique, functional, and creative uses for stone. Fieldstone Center can help you choose the right stone to add an ornamental element to your project. Contact us at (770) 385-7708 for more information or to arrange to view our stone selection.

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One Response to “Using Stone in Ornamental Landscaping Design”

  1. April CookJune 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    We are trying to make our backyard more drought resistant, and I think decorative rock would be a great idea. I like the idea of using different sized to mix things up. A stone display doesn’t need watering like a floral display! Do you ever need to replace gravel that you use? Thanks for the ideas!

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