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Ideas for Landscaping With River Rock

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Ideas for landscaping with river rock include combining the rocks with plants to create a lovely accent. River rocks come in many interesting colors and patterns, which enhance gardens and landscapes. Use river rocks to define the space along a perennial flower bed, or in place of mulch to help plants retain water. While river rocks are ornamental, they also help prevent weeds from shooting up and robbing your plants of needed nutrients.


River rocks are ideal stones to stack around a flower bed--this will add natural edging to the landscape. Since they help prevent weeds, river rocks also keep your landscape looking tidy. Use rocks in various sizes and shapes to create an interesting border. Line the rocks side-by-side for a simple garden edge or scatter them out at least 1 to 2 feet along the bed for a wide garden edging. Beds filled with flowers and plants contrast nicely with a line of river rocks. This also creates a defined border.


River rocks create an inviting pathway around the garden and surrounding landscape. Paths provide accessibility to your landscape. For a visually stimulating path, use river rocks to create a mosaic. Mosaics can be designed in any pattern. Create your own one-of-a-kind design. To organize your mosaic path, categorize the rocks into separate piles according to color. Alternatively, and for an easy garden path, randomly lay the river rocks down along the defined space, as you would small pebbles or gravel.

Water Feature Accent

Nestle river rocks along a pond or water feature. Place them in the pond to create a rocky bottom. When wet, river rocks look brilliant with their deep gray and orange colors. Create a cohesive design--add water plants and water-loving flowers, such as ferns, along the edge of the water feature.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.