Landscaping ideas using boulders


Landscaping is never complete without the addition of natural stones which adds that unique style to your garden. Even though you have a plan that is well thought out and designed with all details about the sizes and materials to be used, including the shapes of the boulders, you can never get a boulder into a shape you desire, as each and every boulder is unique and comes in various shapes. Hence, while designing a plan, make sure not to decide on the shape of the landscaping rocks.

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Boulder rocks are a bit expensive and hence it’s important to place it on the right areas to get the maximum appeal out of it. Hence, you should consider the following factors while selecting and placing the boulders in your garden:

1.    Choosing the right ones

Before choosing the boulders for your design, make sure to analyze your garden and understand what kind of boulder will fit into the design. There are many varieties of landscaping stones available and the most commonly found landscape rocks are the ones that are sourced from water courses like lakes and near waterfalls. And these boulders are often rounded in shape with a grayish color without any lot of details. Whereas iron stained boulders that is surrounded by moss and patches of lichens means it has been there for a long time and try to avoid those. 

2.    Buy locally

Large landscape rocks are huge and heavy and that’s why the cost is not only for the rock, but to transport from the source to your destination. Hence, if you buy from a stone store nearby your location, the transportation cost will be much lesser than transporting from a long distance, which will cost you a lot more. If you already have some natural rock in your garden, then buying contrasting colored ones will not be a good option, as it will not look natural.

3.    Place it according to the environment

The placement of a boulder depends on the surrounding environment and the overall design. Either you need to look for many designs on the internet to finalize a design and placements of the landscaping rocks, or get professional advice from your nearby landscaping design consultants. One of the common mistakes made by many is to use undersized or smaller boulders where large boulders are required, as placing the smaller ones will not do justice to the design originally planned. The small sized are used, as the large ones are expensive and hard to transport. But what you can do is arrange smaller landscaping rocks in a creative way to resemble a big boulder.

4.    Accessibility and Placement

Landscaping design consultants having experience in building beautiful waterfall using small and large landscaping rocks knew exactly the difficulty in procuring and transporting the boulders into your backyard. It certainly required manpower to move and position the boulders to create the look as per the design. Many DIY homeowners who are into landscaping for the first time, underestimate the size of the boulders and don’t leave enough space for them in the design and also don’t think about bringing it into the backyard if the access is narrow. That’s why you need to look for the right contractor experienced in building landscaped gardens using boulders to do the job.

5.    Arrangement options

Nowadays with more and more people into landscaping design gardens, it is very difficult to find a single boulder at the size you are expecting. But no need to worry, the Japanese garden design comes to your rescue, as in many of those designs you can see that many sizes of boulders are arranged in a way to resemble a natural rock. Sometimes if arranged creatively, they may look even more beautiful than a single large boulder.

6.    Nesting Boulders

The way in which these landscaping rocks and boulder are placed can provide many chances for various planting opportunities. Naturally, when boulders are placed among plants, they provide protection from natural elements and also to absorb moisture found under the stones during the dry seasons. This process of landscaping design is called as “Nesting” common in Japanese garden designs.