There are so many ways that rocks and stones can be used to add interest in a garden. Whether used as structural elements or individual features they will act as a foil to the neighboring flowers and shrubs. In her article which I found on the Houzz website Janet Dunn urges us to “Enlist these heavy hitters to take your garden to the next level of loveliness”.
Gardeners know that a landscape is much more than plants. The lushest foliage and flowers have limited appeal without other elements to act as a foil. Rocks and stones play a vital role, setting unpolished grainy textures against delicate plants, playing earthy tones against vivid floral displays, and adding weight, mass and a sense of solidity to a dynamic green scene. Enlist these heavy hitters to take your garden to the next level of loveliness.Steady as a rock. The presence of rocks in a garden is calming and restful. Surrounded by seasonal changes of plants and weather, rocks stand firm. For some, this steadfastness promotes a meditative environment and a strong connection with nature on a spiritual level.
Creating a rock garden as a place for reflection is possible in even the smallest garden, using existing materials and virtually no water. Sitting in a quiet corner contemplating plants growing in harmony with rocks is a respite from the busy outside world.Stones for sustainability. Rocks, stones and gravel cut down on areas used for lawns and water-hungry plants, substantially reducing water usage. ?With our limited water resources and changing climate, sustainability is an underlying philosophy for most landscape designers,? says Janine Mendel, a landscape designer at Cultivart Landscape Design.