Adding Visual Interest with Landscape Boulders

Adding Visual Interest with Landscape Boulders lehnhoff's supply

If you are looking for creative ideas for landscaping boulders, keep reading for more inspiration.

Adding boulders to your landscaping brings an extra layer of texture, color, and visual interest to take your garden from ordinary to extraordinary. However, when adding boulders to your landscape design, you should leave the job to the professionals with the tools and know-how for efficient and safe installation. This timeless technique blends the durability of rock with the elegance of landscaping. If you are looking for creative ideas for landscaping boulders, keep reading for more inspiration.

Using Boulders for Retaining Walls

One way to incorporate boulders in landscape design is with retaining walls. When creating a new landscape, retaining walls hold back the soil and prevent erosion around your property. This is a functional purpose, but that doesn’t mean the finished product has to look plain.

Rather than using artificial pavers, using boulders to create a retaining wall has a more naturally decorated and beautiful look. A rock wall can often double as a seating area around a patio. It also establishes a ledge around a patio or other hardscape areas where you can add planters or other design elements.

Adding a Water Feature

Another way to complement your landscaping with boulders is to use them to create a water feature. A cored boulder with bubbling water creates a natural fountain that provides a charming addition to your landscape. Or you may want something bigger, like a pondless waterfall. With a pondless waterfall, the water “disappears” into an underground reservoir. The design typically includes gorgeous boulders with water cascading down them.

Mix Small and Large Boulders

For a more dramatic effect, accent your boulders with smaller stones for a unique look. You can add interest to larger rocks by pairing them with small or medium-sized boulders. For a natural look, bury part of the smaller rocks so only some surface area is exposed. You should ensure your boulder placement complements plants rather than detracts from them, so try clustering the rocks around plants or incorporating grasses or ferns into your design. 

Boulders Can be a Statement Piece

It’s also important to point out that a boulder can be a statement piece on its own. Using boulders and large rocks in landscaping adds a sense of interest and appeal to your design while giving it a more natural appearance. It doesn’t always have to be part of a water feature or a wall.

Simply strategically placing boulders around your landscape makes a huge difference in adding to the look and feel of your space. One added benefit is that boulders contribute to a low-maintenance landscape. Unlike plant material, you don’t have to do anything to maintain a boulder.

Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help

If you still have more questions about using boulders in your landscaping design, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.

Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook, X – Twitter, and Pinterest!

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