Turn to decorative stone mulch when you want to give plantings a formal ambience. Stone comes in a variety of colors and shapes. River rock usually has smooth, rounded edges, while quartz is more jagged. Stone mulch doesn’t degrade over time and doesn’t usually need replaced if it’s seated on landscape fabric. You might need to refresh the top layer of stones at times if it fades or discolors.
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.
Natural stone steps connect paver patios in this gorgeous backyard. Stones create a bed for a pond bordered by planted shrubs lined in a mulched area. The patio pathway leads to a seating area and descends slightly to a fire pit with additional seating.
A paver patio section is surrounded with boulders and bright plant life for a gorgeous mix of texture to naturally decorate the space. A stone fire pit is surrounded by brown adirondack chairs on the paver patio. A fountain blends into the mulched area creating a subtle extra in the design.
This beautiful home features a tasteful and timeless design. Black roof shingles add texture to the gray siding. A small stone stairway leads through the neatly mulched garden from the the sidewalk to the driveway.
A stone fence provides an elegant border for an Alanta garden. The homeowner desired a garden view from every window, which resulted in seven garden rooms oriented in relation to the house, according to Harrison Design. The home has been on tours hosted by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Elevated mulch sections, a concrete path and accent wood panels create a beautiful collaboration of texture for the landscaping of this modern home. Concrete stepping stones border the shape of the house with strips of grass growing up in between. Plants and shrubs add personality and natural color to the gray and neutral home components.
To keep the grounds sustainable, the landscaping incorporated permeable paving, mulches, recycled materials, locally sourced and site-salvaged materials and low maintenance, low-water demand and drought-tolerant plants.
This stone bench has been constructed by simply placing a stone slap atop two boulders to create garden seating with rustic appeal. The neatly manicured garden features classic foliage plants and ornamental grass accented by red bark mulch.
The natural rock texture of the boulder steps and planter retaining boulders brings a great, rough texture to this backyard. The stones transition the space from the lawn and melt into the concrete walkway. Small mulched sections create a space for gardening to add natural decoration.
This large, two-story home is fronted by a variety of plants, including ground-cover providing shrubs, ornamental grass, and flowering plants; a round flagstone patio; and stone steps inset into a mulched area.