What is the best landscaping rock for flower beds?

Flower beds can look fantastic in a well-designed garden. Using suitable landscaping rocks can create a massive difference, mainly if used correctly. But the type of landscaping rocks you use and how they get used will depend on your circumstances. With suitable stones and flower bed designs, you can transform your backyard into a beautiful garden that is easy to maintain.

Here are some of the best landscaping rocks for your flower beds.

Red Lava rock with shovel

Lava rock

Lava rocks are usually red or orange and have a distinct rough look, often cut into various shapes and sizes to create multiple textures and patterns. Lava rocks are a popular choice for building flower beds because they retain their colour while retaining moisture. They’re also known for their ability to keep weeds at bay, and they’re even a good deterrent for pests.

Lava rock can also heat up significantly due to its properties, leading to unwanted heating of the plants and soil around them. This can be a problem in places with a hot climate, so it’s essential to be aware of the weather in your area before using lava rocks for flower beds. Lava rock is also somewhat tricky to clean. Due to their size and shape, they are also hard to pull out of the soil cleanly.

In short, lava rocks look fantastic and have a long lifespan. However, keep flower bed temperatures in mind before using them, especially if you live in a hot climate.

Pea gravel

Pea gravel refers to small pea-sized and shaped stones often used as landscaping rocks for flower beds. Pea gravel comes polished, giving them a shiny and unique look, and mainly gets used for patios and to create flower beds. Pea gravel also is excellent for filling in the gaps between larger landscaping rocks. With so many potential uses for pea gravel, it’s one of the most versatile landscaping rocks.

Thanks to its versatility, pea gravel is easily one of the most cost-effective landscaping rocks you can use. Its ability to fill up spaces makes it an excellent option for preventing weeds from growing and improving drainage around your flower beds. You can also purchase coloured pea gravel to create a particular design or look around your flower beds.

However, pea gravel is not very pleasant to walk on. Since there are so many small pieces, walking across it with your bare feet or even socks can be highly unpleasant. Pea gravel can easily get washed away with heavy rain, or if your garden hose is too strong, which can launch the pea gravel around, so you will want to be careful with how you use it.

Landscaping rocks


Flagstone is made from sedimentary rocks that break up and can get made from sandstone, bluestone, limestone, or quartzite. When you buy flagstone, you’ll often have the choice of purchasing irregular pieces with many different sizes and shapes. You can also get uniform details that are fantastic for building paths around your garden and are mainly used to make pathways and surrounding flower beds.

A significant advantage of flagstone is that it’s solid and doesn’t move around much, making it ideal for pathways and extensive flower beds but also immune to the weather. In comparison, pea gravel tends to wash away if there are seasons of heavy rain. And lava rock absorbs much heat, which can unintentionally cause your lawn or flower beds to heat up. Flagstone is also surprisingly easy to maintain, thanks to its size, and all you must do is spray or sweep it now and then.

However, the size is also a disadvantage. Flagstone is heavy, and it can be expensive to install. While it’s generally resistant to weather, you will notice that it can get slippery or hot during certain seasons.

In Summary

If you’re looking for more landscaping rock options for your flower beds, don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more.

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