It's best to integrate landscape boulders naturally in the landscape, particularly when placing them in planting beds. They can also be used for retaining walls and are actually less expensive than many other wall materials.
Read on but also see some of the following pages for other ideas and information.
This large boulder was on the property and left there.
Here are some guidelines for creating a natural look with boulders.
Use some xeriscape plants
or drought tolerant plants right up against the rocks. Sedums, Junipers
and Cotoneaster are all good choices. This will add some softness to
the landscaping boulders and to the landscape design in general.
Boulder Wall with Plantings
Entire landscape retaining walls can be created out of boulders. This works well when there are numerous boulders on site...either naturally or from blasting. Here is a photo of one such project. Major blasting had to be done for the house foundation and thus the rock was used for walls.
boulders can also be used to end a retaining wall. If a retaining wall
is created and needs to meet grade, often the top of the wall steps down
or the top of the wall is level and the ground slopes up. Sometimes a
wall turns to meet the existing grade.
Another option is to have the wall even and end it with a boulder. This adds a natural quality to the hard surface of the wall.
I wrote this ebook to provide even more help specifically with front yard designs. Take a look to find out how it can help you.
And if you'd like to know real pricing for almost all areas of landscaping, you will find this book extremely informative!
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