I love working with stone because it brings such fabulous energy to the garden. Plants and stones are perfectly complementary materials—each one enhances the other. Stone directs and holds energy with its strength and permanence, and adds color, texture, and depth to your garden.
Stones are as individual
as plants—full of personality and alive, but in a different sort of
make excellent focal points in your yard.
You can own an enduring and timeless piece of natural
Individual rock placement—adding rocks to your landscape
Which rocks are you drawn
to? They can complement or contrast with
your home color or style--sharper stones to repeat the theme of steep
rounder, lighter stones to brighten, highlight, or contrast. They can naturalize your yard and help
replicate the surrounding environment.
I especially like pathways and patios of stone. They are tidy, enduring surfaces and become a work of art, to be enjoyed from many angles and in different light and weather. For the most part I do not set stones in mortar but in sand, which I like for the flexibility it provides with shifting ground—and resetting stones takes minutes.
I love to do flagstone patios—cracks that inevitably appear are natural and one can easily plant between the seams to help naturalize the area.
Retaining walls made of stone look natural and are enduring. The weight of the stone holds them in place and they easily assimilate into the landscape, looking like they have been there forever.
I recommend browsing
through the beautiful stones available at American Soil Products in