For years people have been using boulders to accent their landscaping. Landscape boulders can be grouped amongst plantings or used to divide areas in a garden. But have you ever thought of using them as a fire pit, seating, fountain, or even a planter? We have many creative ideas that can help you achieve your vision.
Natural Landscaping Boulder
Natural stone is among the most long lasting and beautiful additions to a landscape. It’s also the most unpredictable. No matter how well your designer delineates boulders on the plan, the actual rock used may not resemble that shape at all. That’s because every boulder is unique, which dictates their final selection and placement be done in the field. Drawings are only a suggestion. The real talent for fine rock work can only be done by a designer or contractor with a lot of field experience.
Type of Boulder
Due to the cost of obtaining stone for the landscape, it’s vital that each piece is used to its maximum advantage. The right choice must work properly with both the details of your house and your landscape. The scale of the immediate space, and that of the site overall contribute to the proper sized boulder for the job. This is where a professional’s field experience really comes in handy. The weight of boulders is always underestimated by the homeowner, and sometimes by inexperienced designers too. It’s enough to cause serious cost overruns. There’s also a risk to paving, vehicles, and structures if these heavy objects are not handled safely.
Boulders & Plants
To create successful constellations of boulders that resemble natural rock outcroppings, a boulder worked into a group of smaller sized “helping stones” always results in a more beautiful composition. The way boulders and their helping stones are arranged can create ideal planting opportunities just as they occur in nature. Plants grow at the edges of boulders for protection from the elements and to access moisture sequestered beneath the stone in dry seasons. Millcreek Landscape Design understands these principles and works with you make your vision a reality.