Super-Smart Ways to Use Flower Bed Stones in Your Landscape

Whether you stack them for a border wall or use them for an insect-proof mulch, stones serve a variety of purposes that are both natural and attractive.

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Flower bed stones add a finishing touch to your landscape. Whether you stack them for a border wall or use them for an insect-proof mulch, stones serve a variety of purposes that are both natural and attractive.

Flower Bed Edging Stones

Show off your flowers by elevating them in a raised flower bed. Natural stone is used as a retaining wall that creates a stunning, attractive border. You can build raised beds in a weekend with a few supplies and muscle. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Plan your space by laying out a rope or garden hoses.
  2. Dig a trench along the rope and fill with gravel.
  3. Lay landscape fabric over the gravel and lay the first course of stone.
  4. Stack the stone one layer at a time and gradually backfill.
  5. Level and lay the capstones.
  6. Mortar and tuckpoint the capstones.

Here are the detailed instructions for building a raised flower bed.

Stone Flower Bed Ideas

In the front yard, stones add a natural look and they help keep flowers from spreading where you don’t want them. Here are some ideas for using stone in your flower beds:

  • Build a wall using river rock.
  • Mulch with small stones.
  • For a small yard, or if you live in a dry climate, replace the grass with stone.
  • Create a water fountain.

for inspiration, here are 10 front yard landscaping ideas that utilize rocks.

Stone Flower Bed Design Ideas

Build your own backyard water fountain and stone flower bed. This pondless design eliminates the maintenance a pond requires, and you can build it yourself in a weekend.

A rain garden is a reservoir that uses water from rain and runoff from gutters to grow beautiful native flowers. This one uses river rock and decorative boulders.

Flagstones and stone walls make a stunning patio for the backyard. Include flowers around this design and you have the perfect mix of stone and flowers.

Stone Flower Beds Designs

Flat stones make great garden paths for your flower gardens. Use pea gravel to fill in between the stones. Stepping stones through the lawn make an inexpensive walkway from the back deck to your outdoor storage building. And, a stone border alongside the sidewalk in the front yard adds a rustic touch.

For more stunning combinations of flowers, check out these 12 inspiring flower bed designs.

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