Incorporating Rocks Throughout Your Garden

When you think of cultivating a garden, what are some of the first things that come to mind? You probably envision leafy, green plants, colorful flowers, manicured shrubbery, trees and the like. But what about landscaping that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? Garden rocks make a great addition to any garden, especially if you’re looking for drought-tolerant landscaping ideas.

Adding Rocks to a Garden

We love rock gardens for their versatility; here at Asphalt Materials, we often see customers choose:
  • Raw materials
  • Cultivated rocks
  • Gravel
  • And even crushed rock

Depending on the aesthetic you’re going after, here are some ideas on how you can incorporate a variety of rocks into your garden and landscaping as a whole.

Rocks as Mulch

Help conserve water usage in your garden by surrounding your plants with ground cover in the form of garden rocks. If you already have an established garden with lush vegetation, consider using rocks as mulch. It’s an easy way to incorporate rocks in your garden as rocks are more sustainable than conventional mulch. Initially, the expense for using pebbles as mulch is more costly than purchasing bags of bark mulch, but you’re saving money in the long-term. Rocks don’t need to be replenished each spring! Small rocks also offer a lot of texture and color variety when used as mulch; Opt for a punch of color, or a monochromatic look that won’t detract from the colorful plants you’re mulching.

Rock Borders

If you have designated areas in your yard for pathways, water features, or vegetation, incorporating rocks in your garden as border material is a smart choice. Pavers, large stones or gravel can be used to finish the edges of defined spaces in your landscaping while adding low-maintenance visual interest. When adding a path to your garden, go for contrast by laying gravel with large stepping stones spaced equidistant from each other. For a natural edging around a pond, stream or other water feature, add river rock as a border.

Define Garden Spaces with Rocks

Container gardens are a great option for small garden spaces. You can easily grow fruits and vegetables in containers or add color with flowers, succulents and dwarf trees. To avoid having to manually water each individual container, you can define a garden space using rocks. Large slabs can extend your patio or porch surface area and garden rocks can also take the place of some of your existing lawn, allowing you to place containers within reach of your sprinkler system.

Xeriscaping with Rocks

For a drought-tolerant garden, xeriscaping is an excellent option. With a combination of landscaping rocks and low-maintenance plants, you can create a beautiful yard. Rocks can take the place of water features such as fountains or streams when artfully placed in your landscape.