7 Useful Backyard Landscape Stone Structures | Bethesda, MD

Stone structures are much more visually appealing than brick and pass the test of time too. We've got seven ideas for stone structures that can easily find their way into your backyard if you know the right people.

Stone is inspiring, it represents strength and longevity yet somehow manages to be playful and mysterious. There is no limit to its uses in the landscape:  

  • Sitting Areas
  • Retaining Walls
  • Raised Levels
  • Paths or Patios
  • Focal Points
  • Fireplaces
  • Grottos (hidden in the corner waiting to be found)

Even a small stone feature or the addition of a flagstone walkway can turn an plain backyard into a visual world you can't get enough of.

Once you decide on the basic plan, the next step is choosing the type and shape of stone, each offering a somewhat different mood and a different complement or contrast to existing structures. Does your plan call for boulders or used cobblestone? Are you familiar with:

  • Lake George Ashlar
  • Emmitsburg Brown
  • Seneca

It is best to get to know the range of choices and colors through interaction with the materials themselves. Looking at completed projects and consulting with landscaping professionals helps make the final choices easier.

To explore the varieties of stone from the warmth of your home:  

Visit Irwin Stone

Sponsored by Irwin Stone