Highlighting Boulders in Your Garden

Bright Leaf Landscaping provides landscape design and installation services to Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. Boulder placement has been tied into many of our landscape design projects. Read on to learn about highlighting boulders in your garden.

Clients want boulders incorporated into their gardens for many reasons. I’ll create a bed of low growing plants around the boulders. I like to use a variety of groundcovers and spiky textured plants. The idea is to showcase the boulder, not cover it up. You can even install a spotlight for a nighttime view.

Phlox subulata and Iberis sempervirens

Phlox subulata and Iberis sempervirens

To highlight boulders in your garden choose plants that will provide coverage year-round. Evergreen groundcovers like Phlox subulata, Iberis sempervirens, or Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ work well in the front layer. Around the sides and back try spiky plants like Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’, Iris ensata ‘Variegata’, or Acorus ‘Ogon’ for texture. Fill the bed in with perennials and ornamental grasses for seasonal interest.

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ and Iris ensata ‘Variegata’

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ and Iris ensata ‘Variegata’

Interested in a planting to highlight boulders in your garden? Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919.619.4460 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!