If there’s one thing that’s prevalent in Texas besides oil and longhorns, it’s stone! Stone is a wonderful feature to add to any garden. The combination of materials, like mixing stone and wood, can make your yard really stand out. Additionally, stone is simply a wonderful, natural, and simple addition that can make your yard look like new! If you want to learn more about how to incorporate stone landscaping in your yard, read on!
Rock Outcroppings: Rock outcroppings in a yard make it seem as though the stone placement in your landscaping has always been there! This is a very natural look that needs to have a lineal directional pattern when designing the layout of an outcropping. You want only the tips, shelves, and weathered exfoliation of the rock to be exposed to the line of sight.
Stone Retaining Walls: Creating elevation changes always help a garden’s character, since it creates a dimensional effect. Stone walls are ideal for terracing and retaining, gardens, planting beds, and turf areas. Walls can range from large boulder, holding a house on a hill, to a blocky field stone, a freestanding wall, to a thin strip flagstone along a garden path. Shorter walls look the best with thinner or smaller stones for giving a layered appearance. Check out some ways that Scapes, Inc, has used stone in landscaping here.
Rock Transitions: You can use bigger pieces of flagstone or slabs to define transitions or threshold between spaces or from patios to pathways. Applying stone veneers (rock applied vertically on walls so surface or face of stone is exposed) on the bases of houses and on concrete walls helps blend the rustic landscape with the structured architecture of a house. Setting boulders along the base of walls and at the corners of the house makes a nice transition from the landscape to the structure.
Flagstone Patio: The advantage of a flagstone patio, whether you’re capping a concrete slab or setting the stone in sand or soil, it that they can be as formal or informal as one wishes. Flagstone is a great material due to its durability, character and the variety of colors and textures available. Dimensional cut stone is probably the easiest type of flagstone to install because of its modular shape. Irregular shaped flagstone is a less expensive option, but can be time consuming to install. Flagstone patios are a great example of a flawless incorporation of stone landscaping,
Stone Path and Steps: Paths, like patios, can be as informal or informal as one desires. Paths can be made of flagstone pavers, larger flagstone slabs, or gravel. Most paths are edged with a material such as a flagstone strip stone to keep the material between the stones contained. Stone steps are always a nice feature in a garden. They can be easily installed using flagstone slabs for the tread portion of the step and a strip stone for the rise portion.
If you decide you want to incorporate stone landscaping into your yard, you should check out how Scapes, Inc. does hardscaping! Once you know that you want stone in your yard, as a path, patio, garden wall, or whatever, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you in designing or installing whatever product you’d like!