Mix large rocks with flowers in beds.

Rocks provide a natural, textural element to landscape designs as well as a durable, low-maintenance, organic option that’s often quite eye-catching. Stones also can help hide or disguise problem areas, like ungraceful hills or grades, utility equipment, or unattractive foundation walls, or stand in for mulch in beds. Today, let’s look at some creative ways to add beauty and tips for landscaping with rocks, boulders, river rock, flagstone pavers, and more.

Rocks, boulders, and plants turn an awkward slope into an area that’s pretty and inviting.

Rocks and Boulders

via Princeton Scapes

Landscaping an area with rocks and mulch yields an eye-catching and low-maintenance design.

Rock and Mulch Bed

via Stonewood Design Group

Various size boulders, flowering plants, and vining ground cover create a natural-looking retaining wall.

Boulder Retaining Wall

via Wallace Trucking

If you already have stones or boulders on your property, you can group them into beds, add a river rock base, and tuck in some plants around them.

Country Rock Garden

via Creative Country Mom

Flowers mixed in with larger rocks is a beautiful (and easy) combination.

Mix large rocks with flowers in beds.

via Garden.Org

Mixing in large rocks into beds is a great way to mix up texture and sizes and rocks help retain moisture.

Mix landscape bed with large rocks

Smaller rocks added to garden beds are a fantastic way to hold in moisture and add texture.

Mixing in rocks into gardens

via Gardenaholic

Just as you can use different sizes and types of plants in your landscape design, you can incorporate a range of rocks and boulders for texture, contrast, and interest.

Rock Garden

via Lushome

Constructed from large, flat pavers, this gorgeous stone staircase feels very organic and natural.

Rock Staircase

via Lithic Construction

This stepped stone walkway cuts a pretty, winding path down this gentle slope.

Rock Stepped Walkway

via Westover Landscape Design

Flagstone and river rock were used to create this walkway. Landscape edging contains the river rock at the sides for cleaner edges.

River Rock Walkway

via Pinterest

Instead of using rocks for the walkway, in this design, the stones outline the grass path and mingle with flowers and other plants in the beds.

River Rock Beds

via Worthminer

Smooth, tumbled river rock can be used to border a flowerbed or to fill it in areas where you want low-maintenance landscaping.

River Rock Bed

via Life in the Mediocre Lane

Rocks are the ideal material for creating drain beds. Here, small stones were used to construct a dry river bed for redirecting and slowing stormwater runoff—and boost the home’s curb appeal in the process.

Rock Drain Bed

via Chesapeake Stormwater Network

Large, flat rocks artfully arranged under a downspout provide stormwater runoff and also create a beautiful dry waterfall.

Rock Gutter Drain Bed

via Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons

For a more modern look, this splash block combines fabricated stones with natural versions in an eye-catching design.

Stone Splash Block

via Phillips Scott Landscaping

If you want to create your own rock walkway, this tutorial shows you how to combine large, flat flagstones with small decorative landscape rock.

Rock Walkway DIY

via Better Homes and Gardens

In this design, beds edged with brick and filled with decorative landscape rock are illuminated by rope lighting that highlights the curve of the bed.

Rope Lighting Edger

via Lifehack

Rocks large and small can be used in so many unique ways in your landscaping. What creative uses can you find for them in your yard?

For more creative landscape and design ideas, you can find more inspiration here.

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