If your garden is looking a little worse for wear and you have decided that now is the time to make it into an outdoor haven, you may be considering hiring a landscaping company. As well as leveling out your lawn, trimming it and de-weeding the edges, a landscaper can also help you design and create a beautiful outdoor scene that you will be proud to show off. When it comes to ideas, however, it can be hard to know where to start. When putting together a plan, stone is an element you may want to think about including, as it brings rich texture and colors. Here are some things you can do with stone.
Build a Waterfall
If you are lucky enough to have a huge garden to play with, you will most certainly want to include a pond to attract all sorts of wildlife and cool the air, but a plain readymade circle pond isn’t going to catch the eye. Instead, you can use stone to add a natural-looking waterfall that wows your guests. To ensure that it doesn’t look manmade, take inspiration from nature, and go for one dominant type of stone, like granite, mixed with a few small pieces of off-white quartz.
Use Stone Seating
When it comes to seating, most people will lean towards popular trends like Rattan furniture and swing seats, but if you want to keep that all-natural look, why not go for a stone bench? This is such a simple design feature to include, but it can really help to enhance the look of your garden. Find an unused corner or nook in your outdoor space and nestle a stone bench in between winding foliage for the ultimate privacy space that you will want to frequent.
Consider Stone Wall Cladding
This is one of the more expensive design options out there, but if your building and the exterior walls are not in keeping with the landscape design you have in mind, then why not consider updating them with natural stone veneer? You can find plenty of high-quality options in many different color varieties that will add a show-stopping element to any project. If you don’t want to make too much of a change to the exterior, you might want to also look into a gabion retaining wall filled with carefully chosen stones or rocks.
Combine a Bird Bath with a Water Fountain
If you like the idea of being woken up to birdsong, you can attract birds to your garden with a water fountain that doubles as a birdbath. When made out of stone and rocks, along with the sound of moving water, a fountain is easier for the wild birds to locate. Additionally, you won’t attract unwanted mosquitoes since they don’t tend to lay eggs in anything other than still water.
There are many other ways to incorporate stone in your garden, but these are just a few ideas to get you started. Let us know your design ideas!