As a kid I collected rocks – granite, limestone, quartz – and what I collected could fit in my hand. I still collect rocks, but now they are much bigger, and all in my garden! Rocks add texture, depth, structure, interest, form…all essential boosts for garden design. As example, a dry creek bed is a relatively simple garden addition with big impact. Large rocks can double as steps or benches (with no maintenance!). Rocks help to moderate soil temperature, weeds can’t grow through them, they provide homes for moss, make an efficient edging, and they are a perfect backdrop to highlight plants. I am fortunate to have been able to collect wonderful rocks from the farm where I grew up. I earned them, as they are the same rocks I had to pick off the fields as a kid, and then I collected them from the fence lines for my garden!