So there’s something lacking in your garden and you don’t know what, well integrating garden stones into your landscape design could add that extra dimension you've been looking for. Not only can a stone add depth, but it can provide texture as well as seating. Consider the use of stone in walls, garden paths and borders; that’s the beauty of using stone, it’s versatile. Use stone sparingly as an aesthetically pleasing decorate. There are many cost effective ways to really add that personal touch to your landscaping. So here are a few tips on making your garden rock!

Stone possesses sculptural characteristics which make it pleasing on the eye, but these traits can also be used as a tool. Stone is the most durable of garden materials, it can be used to direct rainwater where it’s needed most; indicate a change in land elevation or to support a hillside. Stone is perfect for water gardens; it can provide a definite edge to a garden pool and be used in the construction of a waterfall. For water gardens and rock gardens boulders can act as the ideal focal point. However, these larger stones should be set in the ground to provide stability.

There is a wide of range of garden stones to choose from. The ideal choice are those found in the local landscape which will blend in well with the natural aspects of your garden, the neutral colours of these will add to, rather than take away, the qualities that your garden already has. If you are unsure what type of stone to use, Fieldstone is the safest of choices. It has a number of uses, garden walls, patios and stepping stones.

Bluestone’s colour varies and is perfect for that rustic appearance. It can be cut to various shapes and sizes making it perfect for patios and paths. Cobblestones are perfect for edging gardens or for small, informal patios and paths. They’re not, however, suitable for large patios since cobbles have an uneven surface and setting a table level is difficult.