River Rock Landscaping Photos

River Rock Landscaping Photos

River rocks are only lying in the river to be washed, and they can also increase the gorgeous colors for your life. That’s true. River rocks are beautiful natural accents and great natural building and decorating materials that can add to your home design ideas regardless indoors,patio or your backyard. With natural colors and round shape, river rocks can make your outdoor designs look spectacular, stylish and exclusive. For the indoor design, for example, adding river rocks to your bathroom can create a spa-like atmosphere. What’s more, river rocks are durable, so they require little or no maintenance. And they are easy to get that you can gather them from a river or creek. Here we’ve collected 36 amazing ideas adding river rocks to your home designs. Enjoy!
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

River Rock The rich, natural, and varied color of river rock makes it a popular landscaping stone. Because it comes in a variety of river sizes and colors, it can be used in almost any style of planting bed and edging, or mixed with other materials in pathways and patios. For something off the beaten path, create a meandering dry stream bed like this one in your own backyard.
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

Choosing the Right Rocks for Your Landscape The rocks you choose will help set the tone for the rest of your garden. Tawny beach pebbles or river rocks add warmth, while white marble chips help brighten up shady areas. Flat terracotta stones complement a tropical landscape, but can seem out of place in a more formal garden. For a minimalist modern landscape or Polynesian-themed garden, try black lava rocks. Check out photos of rockscapes online to see what appeals to you. Because stones last indefinitely, it’s important to choose a look you’ll be happy with for many years. Replace Mulch Rocks may be more expensive than mulch, but they have several advantages as a groundcover. The first is durability. Mulch must be replaced every season, while rocks can last the lifetime of your garden. Another advantage is that pale-colored stones provide striking contrast against deep-colored foliage and help brighten up shady corners of your landscape. “Call attention to a favorite shrub or specimen tree by surrounding it with medium-sized river stones. This creates the effect of a ‘living sculpture’,” says landscape architect Maureen Smith. Rocks will also discourage weed growth around your prized plant, but for the best results, install a weed barrier before putting the stones in place. Plant a Rock Garden For a more exotic look, add a rock garden to your landscape. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun and install two or three small boulders. Surround the boulders with closely spaced low-lying flowers, such as portulaca (left), ground orchids or decorative cactus. Carefully fill in the gaps with smaller stones that complement the color of your boulders. Create a Centerpiece A large, unusually-shaped boulder can serve as an eye-catching focal point. Use as a tidy, low-maintenance centerpiece in a small garden, where an ornamental shrub might become too large or unruly. In larger gardens, a rock centerpiece can add visual interest to monotonous border areas, such as hedges. Build a Pond Border Large rocks are the key to giving your backyard pond that fairytale look. The right type of stone will help camouflage unsightly black pond liners and provide contrast to the dark pond water. Avoid using even rectangular pavers. For the most natural effect, choose rocks that are similar in size but irregular in shape and color. Create a Low-Maintenance Container Garden Instead of setting up a container garden on your deck or patio, where the pots need regular watering, place them in a rockscape that’s within reach of your sprinkler system. Line the area with a weed barrier and set the containers on top. Cut holes in the barrier, so the bottoms of the pots can fit through and settle into the soil. Make sure the pots have adequate holes for drainage. Surround the pots with small stones in a complementary color. The result is a striking container garden that gets watered whenever your sprinklers come on. Make a Stepping Stone Path A stepping stone path is a picturesque option for those shady areas alongside your house, where there is too little sun for most plants to thrive. It’s also a practical way to keep shoes clean when walking up to a side door or back door. For a tidy look, surround large stepping stones with small pebbles in a contrasting color.

River Rock Landscaping Photos

Just so we’re on the same page, let’s start with a definition of river rock as it applies to landscaping projects. These stones often look dramatically different from one another. Some are as big as a softball, while others are pebble sized. River rock can be blue, green, red, pink, orange, coral, slate gray, or any combination of these colors. It can have stripes, spots and striations, or it can be solid colored.
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

Trivia: Some of the landscaping river rocks you see in landscape yards and home supply stores actually come from the ocean. This is especially true in coastal cities, where these stones wash right up on the beach at high tide. We live in San Diego, and my daughter and I collect them to put into decorative vases. Any type of rock that has been shaped by water can be labeled and sold as river rock — even if it’s from the sea! So if you live near the ocean, you may have a free source of this material.
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

The rich, natural, and varied color of river rock makes it a popular landscaping stone. Because it comes in a variety of river sizes and colors, it can be used in almost any style of planting bed and edging, or mixed with other materials in pathways and patios. For something off the beaten path, create a meandering dry stream bed like this one in your own backyard.
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

You also need to choose a type of river rock that’s on the smaller end of the scale, so it’s easy to walk on. Pea gravel will do the job. You might want to use some pavers or flagstone steps too, interspersing the river rock between each of the stepping stones. This would make it even easier to walk on. But it can be done without this added feature. We have a path in our backyard that consists of pea-sized gravel only (no stepping stones), and it is fairly easy to walk on. So it’s really a matter of personal preference. What type of look are you going for?
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River Rock Landscaping Photos

This is a variation of the river rock landscaping idea above. Here you would use the same concept, but in a way that makes the creek bed function as a path, as well. This project would require some type of border material to keep the rock in place, especially if the path is going to butt up against a grassy area that gets mowed regularly. You don’t want any stones getting under your mower blades.
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If you need professional help with your project, use the link provide above. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, check out the river rock landscaping ideas below.
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Let’s talk about the different ways you can incorporate this material into your next landscape project. Take a look at the pictures below, and you’ll see why river rock is so popular as a landscaping material. It is incredibly versatile, and it puts a nice finishing touch on any design. It can be used as the focal point of a landscape design project, or it can play more of a ‘supporting role’ as a substrate or background material. There is no limit to how you can use this type of stone.
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This is one of the most common uses for river rock, from a landscaping perspective. It adds an interesting visual element to any yard, regardless of what ‘obstacles’ are in the way. In fact, you can incorporate things like trees and boulders into the flow of the creek bed. So there’s almost always a way to build this idea into your overall landscape design.
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If you’re planning to make a serious investment in your yard (i.e., a lot of time, money and effort), you should buy a landscape design book that is full of pictures and ideas. Most of these books have an entire chapter dedicated to using rocks and stone, including the many different ways you can utilize river rock. At the very least, visit some more landscaping websites that have pictures of this product in ‘action.’
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River rock is incredibly versatile. But it’s not the easiest thing to transport and install. Depending on the size of your project, and the landscaping idea you have in mind, you might be making quite a few wheelbarrow trips. It can be dirty, backbreaking work.
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I hope you have enjoyed this guide to landscaping with river rock. We add new articles, pictures and tutorials to this website on a regular basis. You can use the sidebar menu, or the search box at the top of the page, to learn more about this topic. Good luck with your project!