15 Small DIY Rock Garden Ideas From Your Dream

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Every homeowner dreams of owning a garden, growing beautiful flowers and grasses in their yard, and watching the sunset from there in the evening. Not everybody can get this dream materialized either because of the rocky terrain of their yard or time needed to maintain a regular garden—rock garden to the rescue. You can use rocks of different hues and sizes to create garden designs you otherwise thought were only possible in your dream.

A rock garden is a garden area that has been beautified with rocks either naturally found stones or rocks added to the area.

Making a rock garden is a recreational activity in itself. Before you start, you should consider the type of plants you’ll like to have in your garden. Smaller plants stand out more in a rock garden, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out other larger plants.

A group of 15 amazing rocky garden ideas has been compiled for you. These ideas do not require a designing degree to accomplish.

1. Rocks in Equilibrium

Rocks in Equilibrium

This garden idea sets stones of different sizes in equilibrium and creates an exciting look in your garden area. To make this garden idea, clear out an area preferably closer to your front door, and fill it up with small stones and gravel. Stand large fine rocks and use smaller rocks to holed them from falling apart.

2. A Japanese Zen Rock Garden

A Japanese Zen Rock Garden

A Japanese Zen garden is a perfect meditation area you can have in your home. This garden idea involves using Japanese sculptures with rocks placed in strategic locations and the space filled with gravel just like the picture. Add green plants at the sides to complete the touch-with-nature feel.

3. Rocky Garden Pond

Rocky Garden Pond

If you already have a body of water like a pond, waterfall, or even a river, you can style the area with rocks of different hues and sizes. These rocks are placed by the edges of the water body, which creates a sitting or standing platform you can step on to cross over. Fine pebbles are the perfect stones to use near a water body to increase the appeal.

4. Small Buddha Rock Garden

Small Buddha Rock Garden

This is a beautiful Buddha inspired rock garden idea you can set up in your yard if you have a Buddha statue lying around. Simply pick a corner of your yard and place the Buddha statue. Add fine pebbles around the sculpture and use larger, varying rocks to form a perimeter. Then plant low hanging plants around the area. No Buddha statue? Simply use a large enough sculpture to get this design going.

5. Flat Slabs Garden Pathway

Flat Slabs Garden Pathway

Using flat slabs along your walkways in place of concrete will enhance your garden’s natural look and form a great rock garden design. Placing flat walkable rocks around the wooden walkway in your garden is a perfect blend between architectural and natural design. Select slabs of the same hue for a more comprehensive look.

6. Mini Rock Pond

Mini Rock Pond

No pond? No problem. You can create a mini pond in your garden and instantly make it the topic of discussion among your friends. All you need is a large bowl, fine rocks and pebbles, and glue. Glue the stones and pebbles into the inside of the container, place the pan into the ground and fill it with water. Add some fishes to increase the natural appeal. Your miniature pond is ready.

7. Painted Stepping Stones

Mini Rock Pond

You can completely transform your walkway with this painted stone design. Have some painting experience? You can paint beautiful designs onto the surface of flat slabs and use it as stepping stones to your garden. Place a small portion of the slab into the ground to prevent it from being moved around or shifted. You can also get already painted slabs at decent enough prices.

8. Wooden Logs and Rocks

Wooden Logs and Rocks

If you’re looking to create a different level from your garden while still being able to design the raised area, then you should consider this design. It uses finely sanded wooden logs cut into smaller pieces of the same length to create a bed that is filled with gravel and serves as a base for garden pots. You have the luxury of shaping this raised area however you want. However, this is a somewhat complicated design that’ll need a little wood chopping experience if you’re cutting the logs yourself.

9. Raised Garden Bed Using Rocks

Raised Garden Bed Using Rocks

This rock garden idea is ideal when you want to create a different level for planting. It uses fine rock pieces placed carefully on each other to form a small circle and filled with soil. You can then place some stones at the center of the bed and plant round the stone. Use larger rock pieces to create a boundary for your raised garden bed to discourage animals from reaching the bed.

10. Beautifully Designed Garden Beds Using Gravels and Pebbles

Beautifully Designed Garden Beds Using Gravels and Pebbles

This state of the art design makes use of rocks of different sizes to create garden bed areas for single plants. Pebbles, gravels, and large stones are placed at strategic locations to enhance this garden bed design, as seen in the picture. When placed along the walkway to your front door, it is sure to wow all your visitors.

11. Stone Fire Pit and Sitting Area

Stone Fire Pit and Sitting Area

With this design, you can have a fire pit and sitting area for late-night discussions with friends and family right in your garden. Use large stone slabs placed together as a sitting area with cushions and pillow for added comfort. Dig out a small portion in the middle of the sitting area and use rocks to line the hole. Fill the void and the surrounding sitting area with gravel, and your fire pit is ready to be enjoyed.

12. Cement Rock Garden

Cement Rock Garden

This rock garden design debunks the idea that your rock garden must be placed in your yard. You can create a beautiful design right on your cemented walk or driveway. When making the cemented pathway, leave out a square or circular area. Fill this area with pebbles, gravels, and different plants and garden pots.

13. Zen Garden Made With Rake

Zen Garden Made With Rake

You can create a circular zen-like garden design by merely filling up a clearing in your garden with gravel and using a rake to create a circular design that’ll make it fun and appealing. Not only is this design elegant and straightforward, but you can also change the layout whenever you want by merely raking in another model.

14. The Magical Rocky Doorway

The Magical Rocky Doorway

This is a telepathic entryway made with rocks of different sizes and formed into a circular doorway. Using this as a doorway to your garden area is sure to be the center of attraction in your yard. This is a more complicated design and may need some expertise to pull it off. The stones are aligned to fit, and mortar or cement is used to hold them firmly together.

15. Mulching Using Pebbles

Mulching Using Pebbles

Mulching is a great way to prevent the loss of moisture and nutrients from the soil through evaporation. It also helps to choke out weed and keep the area tidy. However, using a mulching film or grass is never appealing; that is why mulching with pebbles is a great idea. Gives your garden bed protection and added aesthetics. 

Rock gardening is a fun way to create a natural feeling in your garden while making amazing designs. The simple ideas listed here can be made into a family project to foster unity and resourcefulness. Choose any rock garden idea you like and get creative.

About Jennifer Igra

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York City known for it’s green gardens. Jennifer, a 30 year old gardener and green living fanatic started Igra World to share her gardening journey and increase gardening awareness among masses. Follow Igra World to improve your gardening skills.

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