5 fabulous stone gardens to jazz up the inside of your home

Lindsay Whitney Lindsay Whitney
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What is in a home? A kitchen, a bedroom, a bookcase, maybe a sculpture and… a garden? Yes. If you have been wondering how you can liven up your home with something a bit less conventional and full of life, then installing a garden inside your home is a great idea 100% of the time. 

But perhaps here 'garden' warrants some explanation. We at homify emphasis the use of a stone garden inside, rather than a full rose garden, for example. Stone gardens sound like what they are: featuring stones, but also greenery, possibly sand, flowers or fountains--there are endless stone garden combinations. Aside from the calming feel provided by grey stones, stones are ideal for inside gardens because they are much easier to manage than straight soil, cleaner so you won't be constantly vacuuming up dirt. And if you have a pet, they are much less likely to get into stones than soil. 

So to inspire you, we have put together this list of five variants of inner home stone gardens, which you are free copy and share. We begin with the unique staircase stone garden…

1. The staircase stone garden

If you have some extra space near your staircase, the staircase stone garden might be for you. As seen here, large, shapely stones create bed from which the plants can grow, along with smaller pebbles. 

Make the garden the length of your stairs or use any patch of extra space nearby to give what is often an ignored space in the house, and a narrow area that suffers from lack of fresh air, a garden-fresh revamp. Adding a stone garden to stairs makes them literally fresher and more beautiful.

2. The atrium garden

Here we have a classic atrium stone-based garden, set in the centre of the lower house, with views from the living and dining rooms and hallways leading to the bedroom. If you have a more open floor plan, this configuration is actually very easy to achieve, and involves simply constructing a four-walled structure with glass windows and placing it in your space. If you cannot make the ceiling of the garden a real skylight, then simply install a fake skylight that mimics sunlight for the benefit of the plants inside.

The garden itself uses various stones and pebbles that are placed over the soil, and a little stone slab path leading to different areas of the garden is a solid addition, and one could imagine even putting in two little chairs, making it a whole extra room-within-a-room. 

3. The sand rock garden

Another kind of atrium garden but this time with sand and one central tree, surround by more misshapen rocks. 

We love the way light grey pebbles and long, sanded stone strips have been used to create a frame around the sand and tree, having it seem as though the tree is an island and the sand an ocean. Finished off with a subtle, yellow-lighted, traditional floor lantern, this house garden really harnesses the serenity of a home stone garden!

4. The fountain stone garden

bamboo fountain in your stone garden is totally worth it, if you are willing to put in a little extra work and the varieties of fountain now available is so large you are sure to find a 'trickle pattern' that is music to your ears. 

If you rig up a solid enough irrigation scheme, you can have the water trickle directly onto a stone or into a antique metal bucket, as pictured here. Then, turn on your fountain, curl up on the sofa and relax!

5. The entryway garden

The last example of a great home stone garden is one that greets you and guests at the door. There are so many benefits to this stone garden scheme, including the fresh, natural, cool smell that it gives off right when you enter, making fake, store-bought air fresheners a thing of you past. 

But we would like you to note the stone wall that frames this garden--a mixture of concrete and random sized, light grey pebbles is easy enough to do yourself, simply involving collecting pebbles and poring a bit of concrete into a mould built to the spot you want the wall to be. Then, litter the area with stones and your favourite foliage and, voila! Your guests are sure to be impressed.

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