Landscaping with boulders can add drama to your lawn and garden designs. Landscaping with boulders demands significant advance planning, however, simply because the boulders are so difficult to move. The boulders should be the first things positioned in a garden and their oppositions should be permanent, with all the other landscaping elements planned around them. Landscaping with boulders will give you the opportunity to add distinct levels to your garden. You’ll have to select the best areas in your garden to develop into levels, and then define each level with groups of from three to seven boulders of different sizes. Boulders of different minerals will add different textures and colors to your garden and you can group them in similar colors for a large area of visual impact. Color has a strong influence on mood, so you can use boulders to transform different areas of your garden into calming, or energizing places.
If you’d like to add an Oriental look to your garden, landscaping with boulders is a very effective way to achieve one. A strategically positioned series of descending boulders can create visions of a waterfall; if you are lucky enough to have a stream in your garden, you can even create an actual waterfall by landscaping with boulders.