Combining hardscape and softscape elements is a time-honored way of creating a balanced, cohesive landscape. Filling your yard with a multitude of plants is a dream come true for any gardening enthusiast, but adding hardscape accents that work harmoniously with your plants can truly take your vision to the next level. Boulders are ubiquitous and can be found scattered about anywhere and everywhere in nature. Placing them deliberately in your landscape, however, allows you to make a big statement.
Accent Softscape Elements
Does your landscape feature a massive shrub, tree, or thick patch of tall grass or groundcover? These large swaths of green can appear overly large and lacking in definition, but adding an appropriately-sized boulder nearby can add some much-needed textural contrast. When accenting the rest of your landscape, choose boulders that fit in: select a variety of stone that works well with your garden’s color palette, opt for the stone’s natural shape instead of cut blocks or slabs, and consider cultivating moss or vining plants to give the stone a timeless appearance.
Create a Focal Point
Landscaping boulders aren’t just great supporting players — they make excellent focal points, too! A massive hunk of rock might not seem like anything special, but a well-placed boulder can be the crown jewel of your yard. Add visual interest to a large lawn, or create an unchanging focal point in an otherwise ephemeral sea of plant life.
Landscaping Boulders Make Excellent Steps
Adding boulders is an aesthetic choice, but it can also be a practical matter. Large stones with flat surfaces can be the perfect material for natural stone steps. Just make sure to install your stones firmly in place to ensure stability underfoot.
Use Large, Flat Boulders to Build Benches
While a hard stone surface may not seem like the most comfortable place to lounge, you’ll find boulders used as benches in all kinds of places. A large, flat boulder can serve double duty by adding texture and usable seating to your outdoor living space. These stone benches look particularly attractive along meandering garden paths or water features!
Design a Unique Rock Garden
Consider adding a rock garden to your landscape for a truly otherworldly look. Whether you take inspiration from Japanese dry gardens, the barren landscapes of the American southwest, or anywhere in between, you can design a stunning, one-of-a-kind landscape with a rock garden. Rock gardens are especially useful for homeowners without an inclination for gardening — it doesn’t take a green thumb to keep a rock garden looking fabulous!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for winter or spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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