Landscaping Around Your Rock Waterfall

Adding landscaping around your rock waterfall is a fairly easy way of adding beauty and value to your landscape. Whether your garden is small and budgeted or lavish and expansive, adding landscaping around your rock waterfall is sure to add to any garden space. In this guide I’ll be going over specific plants that will work well with a rock waterfall, as well as some tips on maintaining the area.

Deciding What Style to Go With

When landscaping the area around your rock waterfall it is of the utmost importance to choose an overall theme, even if it’s a broad one. The tranquility and peacefulness a waterfall brings to your garden make an Asian or tropical style very appropriate. Another great looking style is the desert oasis. If you’ve got the climate for it, a desert oasis theme could be absolutely wonderful and fairly easy to throw together with some rocks and plants native to the desert.

What Plants to Use

Naturally, the specific plants you use depend heavily on your personal style, tastes, budget and climate. It also depends on things such as whether or not water will be splashing up and hitting the plants. Only certain plants can handle so much water. For a lush garden full of vibrancy and color I suggest things such as the Hawaiian Ti, Pussy Willows and Red Osier Dogwood. These plants are full of color and will add beauty and majesty to your garden. Bamboo is great too since it’s a beautiful plant that is fairly easy to maintain and will grow vertically, allowing for other foliage, should you choose to plant it.


  • Don’t think that just because plants are by a waterfall that you need to water them less. You should continue to water your plants as you normally would.
  • Keep on top of maintenance. Dead leaves could clog the inner workings of your waterfall, causing it to stop working. Regular maintenance and clean up is one of the easiest ways of preventing this waterfall crippling problem.
  • Be mindful of the climate where you live. You don’t want to plant tropical plants in a climate where it snows half the year. Even if the plants I have suggested wouldn’t fare well in your climate there are always plenty of beautiful plants and flowers you can use that will.

What to Avoid

  • Avoid plants that need a very specific amount of water, as water from your waterfall may mist the plants regularly.
  • Try not to plant your foliage in places where the shade from the waterfall will cover the plants too much. Some shade is okay, but it’s generally important that plants get direct sunlight.