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Where to Place Boulders

To reflect famous locations like the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona is synonymous with boulders and rocks in landscapes. Here’s what to keep in mind if you plan on incorporating boulders into your outdoor designs.


Homeowners should make sure their boulders compliment the rest of their landscape design, especially if they’re considering importing their boulders. Boulders from colder, wetter climates tend to be dark and gray which may clash with most Arizona landscapes. On the other hand, if your landscape has lots of green and stone, desert-colored boulders will awkwardly stand out.


Homeowners should compare and contrast local versus regional boulders. If money is a factor, local sources tend to be far less expense than hauling boulders from long distances. Local landscapers and rock delivery companies can set your boulders as well, which non-local companies may not offer. That being said, you can’t get away with adding local boulders to your design if the boulders you already have are obviously from a different region.


Homeowners are tempted to use small boulders because larger ones are more expensive to deliver and set. However, size is just as important in design as color. Make sure everything is to scale or risk an amateur-looking landscape.


The perfect boulder is one that looks like it was there naturally. Therefore, homeowners should keep in mind:

  1. Boulders in nature usually exist in groups of various shapes and sizes.
  2. Boulders should resemble natural rock outcroppings.
  3. Boulders don’t sit on the ground. They’re planted into it.


A great way to make your boulders look more natural is to place plants around them. Nesting, for instance, is a Japanese technique where boulders appear to be rising from vegetation. In Arizona, homeowners can overlap boulders and set cacti and other native plants in between them.

Whether you need commercial or residential landscaping services, Victor’s Landscaping ensures every plant and boulder meets your design dreams. Contact us today.

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