Landscaping Ideas for Natural Stone Waterfalls

Stone waterfalls are dramatic landscape additions that create the relaxing sound of trickling water for an inviting and serene space. Nestled within a small or large landscape, a waterfall surrounded by lush foliage and colorful flowers creates a well-balanced and dramatic design to the surrounding landscape. Watch as the water from the falls cascades down and attracts wildlife like birds and butterflies.

Water Plants

Line the stone waterfall with vibrant water-loving plants. Plants contrast with the flowing water to create a balanced and cohesive design. Along the waterfall, plant chameleon. This deciduous, perennial ground cover has a mat growth habit and the spreading stems grow up to 9 inches in height. Chameleon ground cover has heart-shaped, green leaves that grow 3 inches long. Some variegated varieties of chameleon grow with red, pink and cream stripes shooting down the leaf. The cascading foliage emits an orange peel smell when crushed, making for a fragrant landscape. The tiny white blossoms are bracketed in shape and dust the foliage with color. Chameleon thrives in moist soils and does well alongside water features.

River Rocks

River rocks are a way to bring added texture and color to a natural waterfall. River rocks come in a wide range of shapes and textures and look rich when wet, as the color in the rock deepens. Add the river rocks around the edge of the stone waterfall to help define the border. Vary the sizes and colors for a visually appealing design and one that mimics the look of a real waterfall habitat. Add river rocks at the bottom of the water feature to mimic their natural habitat of lining a river. Spread the river rocks along the bottom or stack them at the water source to create a different water flow pattern for the waterfall.

Japanese Maple

Along the back of a natural stone waterfall, plant a focal point to draw your eye into the space and help shade the water for a cooling effect. Japanese maples are billowing trees that cascade out in a mushroom like form. They are deciduous, slow growing plants that enjoy moist soil and dappled shade. Their spreading branches reach 25 feet in width for a stunning focal point. In the summer months, their leaves are green and slowly turn purple, red and bronze during the fall months. There are many varieties of Japanese maple that add drama and height to the space. Dwarf Japanese maples are excellent for small waterfalls.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.