One of the most powerful yet available decorative effects you can use in your landscape design is the placement of stone, rocks and boulders. There are many different areas in Los Angeles where you can find different types of rock. There are sandstone rocks in reds, beiges, yellows and whites as well as multicolored granites. You can find wind and water rounded rocks and boulders and sharp-edged splintered rocks. Some areas on the outskirts of Los Angeles have iron in the stone formations making them orange and others with copper that turns rock green. Mica and quartz can make stone glitter. There are rocks and boulders that will go with just about any kind of design you have in your Los Angeles landscape design.
Rocks are perfect to enhance a Southwest landscape theme, to set off the interesting shapes of a cactus and succulent garden or to offer natural seating in a wild or native landscape design. Add a boulder to highlight an ornamental grass garden or use scatterings of rocks to trace out a dry riverbed. Rocks can be the focus of an Asian or Zen garden or they can be carefully placed to be used as furniture or to set off a shapley tree. Design with rocks and boulders into almost any theme to add accents and character.
You can buy rocks and boulders, priced by the pound or you can collect your own from your own property or from open, undeveloped land or dry rivers. Do not take rocks or stones from parks or other California public areas: it is against the law. If your yard has an unblocked view of surrounding land, you might want to choose the same kind of rocks that will blend with your local, natural stone. It will help your garden to look like it flows beyond your property line.
Look around at some examples of the landscape design with stone and rocks in the Los Angeles area by checking out garden magazines or the internet. Check out parks and public gardens in Los Angeles for ideas. Then decide on the kind of stone, rock or boulder you want and blend it into your own garden. Build with rocks and stone that will complement your garden style, the area you are living and even the design of your house.
Adding stone, rock and boulders not only creates interest in the design, but it can help you build areas of drainage and permeable paving that will help with excess rain run-off during the winter wet season. And use it to fill in hard-to-plant areas so they look great in the hot summer. Stone is a natural, eco-friendly product that can be used safely anywhere to advantage in the Los Angeles landscape.