14 easy ways to create a rustic stone-filled garden

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Choosing the perfect landscaping scheme is no easy task but one aesthetic that will always work well is a more rustic one, with stone as the main material. It can be difficult to know how to use stone to the best effect, if you aren't a professional gardener, but we think we've found some terrific ideas that will get you started and we're going to show you them, right now!

Naturally tactile, balancing and beautiful, stone is a fantastic material that can transform any garden instantly and we think that you'll be pleasantly surprised by how many different types there are to choose from, so let's take a look at some of our favourite projects!

1. Lay out a template with wooden edges and then simply fill your new beds with gorgeous gravel. So simple, but wonderfully effective!

2. How about using large stones, to hide some lighting and help to illuminate your space at night? Now that's a clever touch!

3. White gravel is ideal for raised zen installations and have such a soothing and calming effect. Look how neat it looks too!

4. Combining boulders and gravel will always help to create a dynamic and interesting landscape that needs to be explored further!

5. Use your stones to support large plants and trees, while also tapping into a more tropical look and you'll feel like you're on holiday all year round!

6. Only have a small balcony to work with? That doesn't matter, seeing as stone comes in all shapes, sizes and colours!

7. Even just one solo feature, surrounded with stones, will be a wonderful focal point and add to a wider rustic vibe! Love this seating circle!

8. Rugged, large stones that look almost prehistoric are always a wonderful way to make a garden look more bedded in and mature.

9. For a cohesive finish, try to colour coordinate your stones with other materials in your garden. For example, the pale gravel here looks great with wood.

10. If you can't think of a real use for stones just yet, think about using them to differentiate between your path and grass. Textural diversity only works, if you highlight it!

11. If you really enjoy using stone in your garden, how about transforming the whole space into a rock landscape? Plenty of succulents and cacti can grow on them!

12. To tap into the zen garden aesthetic, you need to account for all the elements and we don't think you can beat stone, for earth! Even a stone sculpture would work well!

13. Don't forget that the more styles of stone you include, the better the visual diversity in your garden! The quartz chunks here are stunning!

14. If you really want to go all out in a bid to create a tropical paradise of a garden, you absolutely need to include chunky stones. They add a real sense of natural glamour!

For even more stone garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: The 10 most sensational stone garden pictures.

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