Landscape designers often mix up man-made and natural materials to add texture and interest to your garden.

If you’re planning to revamp your garden space and add more natural elements with stone, consider using these four types of stone for your garden.

Monkey Stone:

Money stone is a great way to ensure sustainability in your garden, or any other sustainable local stone. Monkey stone is ideal for rockeries and water features.


Riverstone comes in various sizes. The large ones are great for surrounding water features and smaller stones can be placed around containers. To make the most of this stone, mix up the textures and colours of your stones and pebbles for added interest.

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Gabions are Riverstone encased in wire mesh. These can be used for retaining walls and used to create walkways. It also gives your garden a rustic look and feel.


Slate can be used for dry stone walls and is very reminiscent of the English countryside, wonderfully planted with soft foliage.

Tips for using stone in your garden:

  • Large square pieces of rock are very striking when used to edge your lawn.
  • Use a series of large, flat rocks to create steps in your landscape design. They add a sense of adventure.
  • Cement pavers surrounded by stone chips transform a space where you are struggling with growth.
  • Rocks are low maintenance and easy to install
  • Given their nature, rocks are virtually unaffected by changing weather conditions
  • Rocks will actually protect plants since they do not have the propensity to decompose or attract pests
  • Rock landscaping provides a garden with a sense of structure
  • Not only is rock landscaping durable, but it is also cost-effective


Stone landscaping and how it benefits your garden

A version of this article was published in the Garden&Home April 2023 print magazine

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