Stone accents provide a myriad of benefits for garden rooms and landscape designs. In addition to connecting your home to its natural surroundings, stone materials add texture, color and visual interest. They’re also incredibly durable, so you benefit from both a low-maintenance landscape and hardscape features.

From pathway pavers and borders to larger rock outcroppings, stone is a versatile material. The following examples show how stone elements can be implemented into your garden room’s design.

Make it look natural. Stonework looks best when it appears naturally. Choose pavers and rock accents that look similar to the rock and stones in your garden. It will appear like your architectural features were designed around the stones, rather than the other way around. Also, look for stones with naturally occurring depressions that can serve as a birdbath or a flat ledge that can serve as a bench. This will enhance function, as well as aesthetics.

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Leave boulders in place. Have you come across large boulders in your excavation? Consider leaving them in place or moving them to a location where they can be used for visual interest. The juxtaposition between a large boulder and flat pavers is stunning. Equally stunning is the look created by a jutting rock formation surrounded by soft flowers and foliage.

Think in curves. Use stone and rock work to create pathways, patios and borders that are more rounded that square. This is a more accurate representation of how trails and borders appear in nature. A meandering pathway through the garden is more interesting than one that cuts straight across. Plus, it will flow more easily with the surrounding landscape.

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Similarly, a small stone water feature can give the impression of a flowing stream bed by echoing nature’s design.

Consider form and function. In some cases, the form and function of your design will inspire the best stone accents. For example, a granite slab is an obvious choice for a bridge leading to the seating area of this peaceful rock garden surrounded by a moat and lush greenery.

What types of stone accents are included in your garden space? Is the use of natural stone carefully curated to enhance the look and feel of your garden? Leave a comment and share with us below!

Contact TMS Architects for assistance with your next renovation or new build. Our team can help you achieve the home of your dreams and will make sure no detail – from the smallest stone accent to the largest boulder – is left out.


  • Thank you for the advice on stone landscaping accents! I think that some stones could really help me achieve the natural look I’m going for in my yard. However, there aren’t any natural stones in my yard, so I guess I’ll have to have some brought in. Do you know how much it costs to buy some boulders and have them placed in the yard?

    • Jeannie Hannigan says:

      Hi Eliza,

      That’s a great question! Prices for stone will range depending on the weight of the stone and how far the quarry is they’re being hauled from. A local landscaping or hardscaping center (we like to work with these would be able to give better “rule of thumb” pricing, but they usually charge by the ton so you would be able to get a bunch of small ones or a couple big ones for relatively the same price. Your best bet is to talk with some local landscape and/or general contractors, as sometime you can bypass the quarry and work a deal out with them if they may be trying to get rid of that type of material from another site that may not want to utilize them.

      Best of luck, and keep us posted!

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