How Can I Use Decorative Stones In My Garden?

Are you considering using decorative stones to spruce up your garden? Maybe you want to add decorative stones but aren’t sure how best to do it? Well, we are here to help! 

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We have teamed up with Narellan landscaping supplies to inspire you to turn your garden into a heavenly oasis with decorative stones. 

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What Are Decorative Stones?

Decorative stones are rocks used for their appearance. They are typically cut and polished to improve their appearance, allowing you to use them in your garden. Decorative stones come in various sizes, from small pebbles to large boulders. You can find them in multiple sizes and colors, usually on sale at your local garden center or landscaping supply store. 

Budding DIYers and experienced landscape gardeners worldwide use decorative stones. They have many uses, including creating stylish borders, raising flowerbeds, or quickly covering large areas of ground. 

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How Can I Use Decorative Stones In My Garden?

Decorative stones can be used in several ways in your garden, including covering the ground, creating borders, or making one part of your garden a focal point. Below are the popular ways decorative stones are used. 

To Replace Mulch 

A garden bed with green and yellow variegated plants, accented by large, smooth, dark gray pebbles and a background of lush, green foliage

Instead of using mulch around your trees and flower beds, you can use decorative stones. You won’t need to replace them when the mulch fades every season, and you don’t need to worry about them trapping water and raising the humidity level. Decorative stones will retain their colour and be easier to clean when needed, keeping your garden fresh. 

Add some landscape fabric underneath to prevent weeds from sprouting between your stones. This will keep the area free of weeds and prevent the rocks from sinking into your soil. 

To Make A Focal Point 

Larger decorative stones or rocks can be used as focal points in your garden. You can experiment with color and texture to attract people's eyes to the stones. You can use larger stones to break up flower beds or create a focal point near a pool or play area. 

A rock garden featuring bright yellow and purple flowers, with green succulents growing among large, weathered stones.

To Create Borders 

Decorative stones make wonderful borders. You can use them alongside existing paths to create stylish borders that separate your grass and paths. You can also use coloured stones here to create a contrast, which can help make your path more obvious and prevent people from walking on your grass. 

These borders can also be used in flower beds to mark up smaller beds, creating a visual distinction between plants or to help you mark out where you want to plant each plant. You can opt for coloured stones that will match or contrast with the colours of the plants and flowers in your garden. 

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To Raise Flower Beds 

This works better with larger decorative stones, creating rings around your flower beds. These will add a different texture to your garden and can create a definitive border between your grass and flower beds. You can experiment with colours here, too, and even add some solar-powered outdoor lights to turn your flower beds into a stunning focal point. 

You can achieve this with smaller decorative stones, too, but you will likely need a lot of them, and they will not have as much of an impact as larger stones. 

To Create A Dry Riverbed 

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Dry riverbeds are a wonderful option with your decorative stones, especially if you have a large patch of garden you don’t know how to decorate. They can help with drainage and erosion control while being a stylish addition to your garden. 

These can be as functional as you like, opting for an organic, natural style, or create a neat and structured look that will be more decorative than functional. A mini bridge works well over dry riverbeds to create a focal point. 

To Make A Path 

A pathway made of rectangular stone slabs laid out on a bed of smooth, multicolored pebbles in various shades of gray.

To make a path using decorative stone, we recommend using large, flat stones. This will help create a flat and even space to walk on and ensure the stones lie flush with the ground. You can use larger stones to create a path from your door to the garden or paths around your garden, allowing you to walk without hitting any muddy patches. 

Final Thoughts

A potted plant with long, pointed leaves placed on a square concrete slab, surrounded by smooth white and gray pebbles.

Decorative stones can transform your garden in several ways. Without spending a fortune, you can create borders for flower beds, stylish paths, or a focal point without purchasing any plants. You can experiment with size, colour, and textures to create a unique garden that you will love. 

Which method will you choose today? 

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