Rock Garden Design Ideas – To Create A Natural And Organic Landscape

How to design a rock garden? A beautiful garden can be the detail that puts your house over the top. But planting a few colorful flowers and having green grass on the lawn is not enough. You have to be more creative than that. Perhaps some rocks would look great in your garden. You can use them to create beautiful landscaping.

River rocks.

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Very simple garden with bamboo lining the fences and synthetic grass

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Traditional garden featuring a stone walkway and river rocks
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For a more natural look you can use both river rocks and large rocks
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The combination of small river rocks and concrete walkway is chic and simple
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Another modern garden landscape with a slightly asymmetrical walkway
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Play with lines and shapes and combine natural materials to create an interesting display
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You can also plant succulents and the river rocks will provide a nice background
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Use river rocks to create an Asian-inspired landscape for your garden

You can use river rocks around the pathways or you can create an interesting display for your plants. Some species don’t need soil. Perhaps you could also use river rocks around your potted plants, just for display. Another option is to only used river rocks to create an interesting design in the garden, without using plants or other materials.

Use boulders to create a fire pit.

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This fire pit is custom made and tied into the gas line but you can also do it the old fashion way
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Build a fire pit in your garden using solid rock to make it durable and to give it a natural look

Regardless if you want a modern or a more traditional landscape for your garden, using natural materials is always a good idea. Here’s an interesting option: use boulders or large rocks to make a fire pit.

Use stone to delimit the borders.

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Beautiful garden terraced with stone and filled with succulents and drought-tolerant plants
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A sloped terrain is perfect for creating retaining walls using boulders and stonework

If you’re living somewhere such as near a lake or a forest where there are no clearly delimited borders for your property, perhaps you could use stone to create an interesting landscape for your garden and to also create some sort of borders.

Create a private outdoor space.

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A sunken outdoor terrace with room for a cozy sitting area

If you have the space, it would be nice to have an outdoor sitting area or some sort of outdoor living space. By using stone, you’ll seamlessly combine the natural landscape with the artificial design. You can use different types of stone for a more interesting visual effect and you can choose the ebst type for each project.

Stone stairs.

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An intentionally imperfect design is what you should try to achieve
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Add a few boulders on the sides to make the garden look more natural

Forget about the typical modern designs for stairs and staircases. Try something with a more natural look for your garden such as stone stairs. Don’t worry about creating perfect, straight lines. An authentic look needs to be unique.

Stone seating.

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Modern landscape featuring boulder walls and a stone bench
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Traditional patio with river rock floor and stone seats
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You can always add more comfort to a stone bench with some cushions and pillows

Another very cool feature you could create in your garden is a stone bench or stone seating around a fire pit for example. Try to make it look natural and organic. However, don’t expect such a design to be very comfortable.

Stone walls.

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Make stone walls to delimit your property or your garden
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You can also create interesting stone-enclosed spaces for your decorative trees and plants
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Of course, the obvious thing to do is an outdoor living area

Another thing you should consider is building stone walls. You basically take rocks and stones and put them together to form walls, just like in the old days. Of course, they’ll look better in your beautiful garden.

Fountains and water features.

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Use boulders to create artificial waterfalls in your garden
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A stone fountain would definitely look amazing in a Mediterranean garden
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You can make your own river with small waterfalls to run through the garden
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Tranquil patio design and great use of stone and water into the landscape

Of course, since river rocks come from river and stones and rocks are often found near water, you could also take advantage of that and build a natural-looking landscape in your garden that includes fountains, waterfalls and other water features.

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