Rocks are one of nature's many gifts. In Missouri, we often joke rocks are the main thing we grow in our gardens. At the end of the last ice age, the ice sheet ﬂattened the top part of the state and caused ripples at the bottom as the ice formed the Boston Mountains in Arkansas.
Living in mid-Missouri, that means we have a lot of rock including limestone and quartz. If you do a little planning, you can use your readily available rock supply in a number of ways in your garden:
- Use rocks in the bottom of pots to help with water drainage and to stabilize planters from moving.
- Rocks are useful to make borders for walkways and beds.
- Large rocks make nice garden focal points.
- Weed prevention, such as small rocks around drain pipes.
- Rocks in small trenches also become drains for ﬂash ﬂooding.
- Rocks retain heat, warming surrounding soil and resident lizards.
- When placed properly, they don't need anything to hold them in place.
- You can use rocks to form a dry creek bed.
- Easy to spot in winter, when everything else is dormant, rocks add beauty and interest to a winter garden.
What other ways can you use rocks in a garden?