|Dry Creek going into DG Pathway|
I absolutely love stone! From pea gravel or decomposed granite to 500 lbs boulders, stone is a wonderful material to work with. Stone can be used as the floor of a patio or pathway. It can form a dry creek through the garden. Boulders give children a place to climb and play, and provide a seat for the weary gardener.
I do not love it when gravel is used as a mulch to cover an entire yard with a few plants thrown here and there. In that case, stone is a harsh material that can increase heat and glare.
|Lava rock at a mid-century home|
When boulders, gravel and flagstone are used artistically in combination with plants and other materials, something magical can happen. Stone adds color, texture, shape and a sense of place to a garden. Chosen wisely, it can help define the style of a landscape and contrast beautifully with plants and architecture.
I choose materials with an eye to the needs of the property and questions of use -- do we need a pathway? a place for rainwater to seep into the ground? But most importantly, I choose materials based on my client's taste.
Here are some recent Fairy Yardmother Designs that show off my clients' style using different sorts of stone for various uses.
|Red Sedona Flagstone with colorful pebbles and boulders|
Mixing flagstone with pebbles of different sizes in complimentary colors can make for a very pleasing pathway. Large, colorful boulders add interest and play off succulents and red flagstone beautifully.
|Boulders with grass-like plants in DG|
|A less natural "island" of stone inspired by client|