Utilizing Stone in the Garden

Melinda Myers
Posted at 11:41 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 11:41:11-05

Every landscape needs a good rock or two.  And here at Northwind Perennial Farm we have lots of examples.

Since boulders erupt from the ground and not fall from the sky, they look best when half of the stone is buried or visually anchored to the landscape with plants.

Use stone as an edge, to create waterfalls, and hide the mechanics of water features.  Here the rock, along with the plantings, help nestle this pond and waterfall into the surrounding landscape.

And this boulder is purposely placed to provide a seat to sit, relax, and meditate in this beautiful space.

Stone has long been used to create raised garden beds - elevating the plantings for greater impact and easier access.
A dry riverbed lined with stone gives the illusion of a river while providing an attractive way to manage excess water during wet periods.