For a more organic edging, look to stones. Light colored river rock creates a striking edge between lawn and planting beds. When using river rock for edging, you’ll need to monitor for weeds or grass creeping into beds. To reduce weeds or grass, hand pull or spray. Placing weed fabric under stones can help suppress grass, but it may break through eventually.
This front entrance features a flowing stream that gives way to a 6 foot wide waterfall that plunges 5 feet to the lower terrace. Boulders frame the perimeter of the landscaping and create a mountainous feel. Rich plant life keeps the space bright and airy against the natural gray tones of the rock.
Black flat river rocks ground a collection of small shrubs, variegated yucca and globed cherry trees in this contemporary landscape. A concrete walkway carves through the design, and granite orbs lend additional interest to the outdoor space.
Consider lava rock as a mulch in xeriscape gardens or around shrubs, succulents or other plantings that won’t change much over time. This type of rock is lightweight compared to traditional stone mulch, which makes it easier to haul and handle without professional help. Individual rock edges tend to be sharp. Stone mulch doesn’t ever break down or disappear—it’s a permanent addition to the landscape. Place it on a layer of landscape fabric to prevent rocks from sinking into soil.
A concrete driveway transitions into a paver walkway leading up to the front door of this home. Planted sections border the walkway adding life and color to the landscaping. The rock and wood give this entryway a mountain-inspired feel.
This dramatic front yard features a six-foot-wide waterfall that plunges five feet to the lower terrace. Surrounding this water feature, the landscape is adorned with lush perennial and annual gardens. Large stones create gorgeous shapes and textures against the trimmed grass.
Large stones give a beautifully natural quality to this bright yard area. Stone steps and a small walkway create a path from the grass to the driveway for a fluid transition toward the home. The healthy green plant life looks extra vivid against the coarse, natural gray and brown tones of the rock.
Drawing on rounded slabs of rock, the landscape architects carved out a staircase that leads to the upper deck. Along the way, the owners can enjoy a little patio area, with two wicker-backed chairs for comfortably stargazing.
The faux-rock water slide of designer Scott Cohen's Robinson Crusoe landscape gives young "pirates" a good view of their terrain. All "boulders" were made on site: Bent rebar cages were hand-packed with concrete, hand-carved and textured with rubber mats.