Including boulders in your front yard or backyard landscape will lend authenticity to your property. Natural stone is among the most long lasting and beautiful additions to a landscape. The way boulders and their helping stones are arranged can create ideal planting opportunities just as they occur in nature. Plants grow at the edges of boulders for protection from the elements and to access moisture sequestered beneath the stone in dry seasons. This is an ideal opportunity to integrate long lived perennials or to add a specimen shrub such as twisted Harry Lauder’s walking stick to visually anchor your stone. While rock is the universal element world wide, it is the plants your designer uses that projects the style you desire.