A naturalistic grouping of boulders and rocks provides numerous nooks and crannies in which to locate accent and color plants – and can also help to reduce water use. Burying boulders partway enhances the natural appearance. Add to the area an overhead canopy, such as a Palo Verde tree, to create partial shade to benefit the plants beneath.

If your yard is sloped, boulders can complement the elevation change while also providing erosion control and terracing to the site. Smaller rocks positioned along patio edges and curbs also add interest, help prevent erosion, and reduce water use.

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Source: Lush & Efficient