Gardens with Stones.pub - Lee County Extension
Stone Gardens: South Florida
Stephen H. Brown
Lee County Horticulture Agent
[email protected] (239) 533-7513
Unlike a rock garden that consist of plants that grow in rocky environments, a stone garden is
meant to be a utilitarian garden. Stones in the garden have their purpose. Among other things,
they can be used to reduce the impact of rain and irrigation on soil, slow soil erosion, define
plant and property borders, protect trees and shrubs from lawnmower and string trimmers, create focal points, provide shelter to small wildlife, give contract to green foliage, and increase
the value of a garden and landscape.
For the most part, the stones pictured here are from the underlying bedrocks of Florida. They
are dug up to create ponds and mines, broken, crushed and reused in the landscapes.
Key words: Landscape designs, stone garden designs, stones in the landscapes, rock gardens.
Florida Plant Links
Colorful Annuals and Bedding Plants
Flowering Trees Fact Sheets
Ground Covers for Florida Gardens
Landscape Design with Florida Native Plants
Native Plants Fact Sheets
Shade Trees for South Florida
YouTube Landscape Channel
All pictures taken by Stephen H. Brown.
This fact sheet was reviewed by Peggy Cruz, Lee County Extension and Kim Cooprider, Lee County
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