• Boulders
    • give shape and order to the landscape
    • highlight areas of importance
      • entrances to paths or patios
      • coves around patios/seating areas
      • header areas of dry creeks or ponds
      • changes in heights and elevations
    • reflect path lighting
    • offer additional height to berms
    • offer protection to garden roots – cool in summer, warm in winter
    • provide seating and play areas
    • hold back soil and slopes
    • provide physical and visual transitions between ground cover

Here’s the deal with boulders (and decorative rocks). They are an acquired taste. But once you indulge, you’ll discover a deeper appreciation for the forms of the natural world. The shapes, the source material, the function… all of these things will add context to your enjoyment of your outdoor living.

Living in a landscape that has a groundcover that is primarily pebbles and boulders is a BOLD MOVE. For maintenance, however, it’s the easiest possible solution.

Yet, if you come from a place in the world that has regular summer rain (the southeastern US, the tropics), it may take time for your eye to adapt to the summer-dry California climate. We should talk about this when making decisions for your space. There are alternatives to pebbles/rocks.

BUT… if you’re ready to go big and bold, you’ll not meet a landscape designer who loves boulders more than Cyn.