One of the most effective ways to transform the look and feel of your home is by enhancing your landscape. You can take an otherwise ordinary looking house and make it pop with just a few enhancements. One option that offers multiple applications and variations is stone accents.
Using Stone Accents to Enhance Your Landscape Design
Stone comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. There are multiple ways you can use stone accents to liven up an otherwise ordinary landscape design. Consider the following 5 beautiful options:
1) Chop stone borders.
Give ordinary landscaping substance and definition with chop stone borders. Adding a little structure to your design goes a long way in the observer’s eye. There are many basic designs available ranging from common curving pattern to the more formal and modern straight lines. You can also choose more intricate detail work with multi-level walls, varying elevations, and a mixture of materials for texture.
2) Boulder accents.
Using boulders to accent your landscape is a great way to amplify its natural beauty. They come in various sizes, shapes, colors, and textures and can be placed in just about any way imaginable. Popular options include a natural stone bench, standing them upright like sentinels, or a random, scattered look.
3) Creek effects with gravel.
Gravel makes a perfect transition material moving from your house to the lawn or garden. It’s hard and durable enough to cover any path or driveway, yet it has a softer effect than most other paving options. It’s great for creating a dry creek effect which also doubles as a walkway. Let plants spill onto the gravel to soften the edges and create islands in the creek to feature other landscaping elements.
4) Stepping stone paths.
If you’re looking for a simple way to add character to your landscape, consider a stepping stone path. Paths made with stepping stones can be placed in the front or back yard and even along the sides of your house. They come in various sizes, textures, and colors. Choosing stones with a little more texture will help keep you from slipping when they’re wet. Also, remember darker stones may become very hot in the summer sun. What a great, practical path for all your household foot traffic!
5) Crushed stone walks.
Crushed stone is another popular and effective material that can be used in walkways. While gravel is formed from the natural processes of weathering and erosion, crushed stone is created by machines. This makes its surfaces more angular than gravel. It comes in a variety of styles and colors ranging from the traditional washed clean stone to more decorative options. Select a crushed stone pathway to add the perfect accent to almost any landscape.
The Wow Factor
Achieving that wow factor in your landscape design doesn’t have to be complicated. Stone accents allow you to keep it simple while adding substance and charm. That being said, there is an art and science to a well-designed custom crafted landscape. The strategic placement of every element, informed choice of materials, and quality in execution are all extremely important. If you want your landscape to continue to turn heads for years to come, work with professionals you can trust.
Absolutely Outdoors is your resource for landscape and pool design. With over 20 years experience, our professional designers are experts in matching the right color tone and type of stone accent. For assistance or to learn more about using stone accents to enhance your landscape, Contact Us.