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25 Super Easy Dry Creek Landscaping Ideas You Can Make

Most people prefer to hire a professional to complete tasks around their house like gardening or constructing a display based on some dry creek bed ideas. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast, you might look at things and immediately think, “I can do it yourself”!

Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration, and this list of dry creek bed landscaping images will help you succeed. Have a look-see and start planning your dry river bed landscaping ideas for this weekend.

Rock Beds, Mulch, Gravel Pits, And A Bridge 

For the go-getter in all of us, this dry creek bed landscaping idea covers the whole darn yard. Everything from rock beds, mulch mounds, gravel pits, and even a cute bridge to join two areas, this idea is certainly a big project but doable.

A Simple Stack

It really doesn’t get any easy than this. Gather up a collection of large, jagged stones and place them stacked underneath or in front of one of the eaves through drains around your house. It’ll filter the water coming down and help guide it away from your house with style.

Stunning Stone Feature

If some of the previous images are just too easy for your adventurous tastes, try this one on for size. A heavily involved DIY dry creek bed landscaping idea, this one requires some land manipulation to create the slope of the bed around the seating area. Carefully plan this one out.

Dry Creek Bed with a Fountain

Turning your backyard into a rock garden oasis is even better when you have a cool rock fountain. Plan and design your dry creek river and then plant a fountain in front and center. An outdoor fountain creates a more serene outdoor environment, and they’re pretty easy to install.

An Easy Stone Path

This idea is really neat because it’s a dry creek bed that doubles as a walking path. By making the walkway using stones like the one shown in the image, you create the perfect place for water to gather and filter into the ground. Lining the sides with similar rocks finishes it off and allows the planting of some flower beds.

Slanted Dry River Bed

By designing and forming your dry river bed on a slant such as this, you make the gorgeous feature visible from just about anywhere in the outdoor area. And if you’re going to put in the hard work of creating a beauty like this one, you may as well show it off.

Water Drums And Rain Gardens

If you live in a wet or super rainy climate (usually coastal areas), you most likely deal with a heavy burst of water coming down through your eaves-trough. View this as an opportunity to create a gorgeous dry creek bed and a self-sufficient pond such as this.

Add Some Flare

As if dry rock creek landscaping beds weren’t cool enough, try adding some other unique visual flare like colored glass balls. They give your garden a touch of character and float around when the bed fills up with water.

 Colored Glass

This image shows how you can add your tastes with some colored stones or glass. Border the bed with stones or brick and then fill it with plants. Leave room to add a simple line of colored stones or glass, like the ones shown in the picture. The options are endless for colors, so have fun!

Simple Garden Feature

This dry creek bed landscaping idea shows how to use simple stones to create a beautiful garden feature. The rocks give contrast to the lush plants that line the bed and help drain any rainfall away from the property.

Tailored Stone Path

This image shows an immaculate dry creek idea. A path is created with stones, and flat rocks are nestled along the road to create a simple path. Use similar rocks to create a barrier that separates the path from the plant bed. Super cool, easy to do, and can work on a large or small scale.

Mulch, Rocks, and a Bridge

This image showcases some do-it-yourselfers in action and proves just how easy these dry creek bed landscaping ideas can be. Here we see three main components: dark mulch, light stones, and a neat little bridge to add some effect. All this idea needs are some plants and flowers.

Garden Balls

Nope, not the kind of ball that requires you to dress up and dance, but you could dance around in your garden if it looked like this. The unique spheres are created with concrete and peat moss and then placed throughout for a super cool feature that will set you aside from the neighbors.

Bridge Over A Pathway

Here you can see how easy it is to add a teeny bit of character by simply adding a bridge to break up the stone pathway. Line your creek with small rocks nestled in the flat walking stones, and find the perfect spot to stick the bridge. Easy Peasy!

Metal Fish

A dry creek bed landscaping idea doesn’t have to be limited to rocks, mulch, and plants. Have some fun and add a bit of character with little gnomes, frogs, or even a few metal fish like in this one idea.

Dry Creek Fence Idea

The line where your lawn meets the fence is perfect for a dry creek bed. Plan it out, dig the area, and fill it with stones, rocks, and plants. You could even create a cute little rock bridge like the one shown here. It’s a great way to use an area otherwise untouched and add some visual interest to your backyard.

Dry River Around The House

Go nuts and surround your whole house with a cool dry creek river. Why not, right? It’s a great way to make help filter rainwater away from your property. Plus, you’ll look cooler than the neighbors.


After carefully plotting out your dry creek river and spending hours assembling it in your yard, you step back and ask yourself, “What’s missing?”. Well, it could be some driftwood, just sayin’. Adding a soft texture of life driftwood can warm up the stone feature and add some contrast in color, too. Plus, driftwood is already acclimated to the outdoors.

Design and Deflect

This is a great way to guide the rainfall away from your house and even away from your driveway. Find the natural flow of water and dig the trench to deflect away, but still close enough to enjoy the visual curb appeal it gives to your home.

Unique Rocks

If these stylish and extravagant dry creek bed landscaping ideas are too fancy for your tastes but still want something interesting in your backyard, try adding quirky touches like this! Super easy, all you need are some round stones and a bit of paint. If M&M’s aren’t your thing, then maybe Skittles or Smarties?

Large Dry Creek Bed

If your property has some serious water drainage issues and no way to neatly guide it away from your house, then try expanding the scale of a dry creek bed idea. The same rules apply, but having a massive dry creek river will surely handle the abundant water flow.

Dry Creek Drainage Canal

The tiny morsel of a backyard that you’re given doesn’t lend much in the way of landscaping. So having a gorgeous dry creek river is probably out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Set up a cute drainage canal like this one for each of your eaves through run-outs.

A Natural Bridge

As we mentioned before, adding simple touches like woodland creatures and bridges can amp up your dry creek river. But that doesn’t mean you have to run out and spend money or buckle down and build something. All you need is the perfect rocks, and you can create a natural bridge across your dry creek.

Flower Bed Border

Back to flower beds, here’s another perfect example of how a dry creek bed can double as the border to a planter or flower bed. You’ll probably find a ton of great ideas along the road, but they all have a general basis.

Dry River With Perennials

A dry creek river doesn’t have to just rock. You can add some cool perennials if you want. They’ll thrive from the constant flow of water underneath and add a pop of color against the otherwise dull stones.

Let’s Share Ideas!

And there you have it! A list of 25 great DIY dry creek bed landscaping ideas that anyone can do with a bit of free time and minimal cost. We hope it helped inspire some ideas of your own. Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!