The design of a property's landscape is an integral part of any outdoor living project.


The correct landscape design will complement the structure of the home, provide a variety of size and color options that dramatically increase the curb appeal to the home, aid in drainage issues, and will require minimal maintenance.

In a climate like Pittsburgh, the individual plant materials must be well throughout and selected by an experienced landscape designer. Choosing the wrong materials may result in costly replacements in the future.

Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes was founded over 35 years ago on the service of landscape design and installation. Landscaping continues to be a cornerstone of our designs. We provide custom landscape design and installation services for all of our clients.



We handle various landscape design /installation services for direct areas around the home. Our plant material in selected carefully by our experienced design team and then hand selected at the nurseries. These designs are established to:

  • Offer great aesthetic appeal from multiple view points.
  • Accent key architectural features of the home
  • Creates a natural setting that flows correctly with the surrounding lawn areas
  • Works in conjunction with LED lighting for a elegant appearance at night time
  • Is intended to grow slowly over time to look nicer and more established year after year


We incorporate landscape designs with all of our hardscape work such as patios and step areas. The play a key role in adding color and size around these areas along with complimenting the hardscape material. Additional benefits:

  • Aid in surface water drainage from patio surfaces
  • Create borders and boundaries to compliment hardscape perimeters
  • What can I expect to see from various areas in my house?
  • Provide a place for LED lighting to be placed for highlighting hardscape areas
  • Can be placed inside patio areas to break up large flat areas and provide dimension


Adding the correct balance of landscape material around a waterfall is essential. It further promotes the appearance of a natural setting and the right plant material will continue to age gracefully with the waterfall to appear as you may see in nature. Even though a waterfall is typically a main focal point of landscape design, the right combination and location of key plant material can vastly increase the beauty of the overall area. Additional benefits for landscaping around waterfalls are:
  • Plant material acts as a great backdrop around the waterfall.
  • When LED lighting is placed on the waterfall and on select plant material at night, it makes the area look bigger and more elegant
  • Adding carefully selected specimen plants to focal points of a waterfall highlight the specific space and make it stand out as a point of interest
  • Adding select perennials along the waterfall edge allows some plant foliage to creep into stream areas for a natural look, and provides vibrant color to break up the stone appearance


Creating a comprehensive landscape design to incorporate key plant material along with boulders will transform any unsightly bank to a gorgeous focal point of the yard. Additional benefits for landscaping bank areas are:

  • A great solution for a area that is difficult to mow
  • Creates a form of erosion control to keep hillside from slipping
  • Consumes a great deal of runoff or rain water that would typically travel to bottom of yard area
  • If plant material is selected properly little to no maintenance will be involved to care for hillside


Introducing a buffer area of carefully selected plant material can add color and a great deal of privacy to areas of the home. This also helps distinguish property boundaries between homes.


Landscape lighting puts focus on the key areas of the home during the night, which enhances the beauty, value, and security of your home.

Custom Landscape & Accent Lighting

When most of us envision a landscape design, we imagine the design bathed in sunlight. However, by installing light accents and spread lights, you can maximize the enjoyment of your outside space. Outdoor lighting opens a whole new world of possibilities, as summer dinner parties extend late into the evening or you and a loved one bask in the romance of your backyard getaway.

Why show off your beautiful garden in the daytime only? You worked so hard on it, let it shine twenty-four hours a day. With perfectly placed garden lighting, you garden will be the envy of the neighborhood day and night. Maybe you want to highlight a portion of your landscape that you a particularly proud of. Do so with a spot lights. Want an easy route from your house deep into your outdoor space? Guide your guests with handsome path lights. With so many outdoor light and accent light options, you design possibilities are limitless.

Solar Powered Lighting

For those concerned about their electric bill, there are plenty of solar powered and low voltage outdoor lighting options available. Solar landscape lighting using energy efficient led landscape lights will simply harness the sun’s power by day, illuminating your landscape by night. That way, you can have all the beauty landscape lights can provide without even being connected to the power grid.

In order to get the most out of your landscape lighting, it is important that it is expertly designed, utilizing spread lights and accent lights to highlight your beautiful landscape investment. While hiring a Pittsburgh landscape contractor, do not forget to take the opportunity to install professional outdoor lighting designs. While it may initially seem like a needless expense, it will maximize your investment and enjoyment.

Why leave your landscape design looking its best only half of the day? With such a diversity in cost-effective outdoor light options, there is no better time to update your existing landscape. If your landscape is still in the design phase, then allow our landscaping contractors to integrate lighting seamlessly into your plans, bringing entire new facets into your design. Either way, Pittsburgh’s leading landscape professionals will go to great lengths to make sure that your landscape is eye catching both day and night.


Using natural materials to make a stone landscape will work with your soils and gardens to produce beautiful results.

Boulder & Large Stones

Western Pennsylvania can be defined by its rolling hills and steep landscapes. Using Boulder landscaping, or Boulderscaping, within your landscape design can solve both aesthetic and logistical issues presented by vertical heights. The changing temperatures and ground conditions that accompany Pittsburgh area seasons can make maintaining a hillside garden or landscape difficult. Strategically placing landscaping boulders helps to retain the hillside and prevents mulches from sliding.

Other methods we offer for hillside landscaping are:

  • Retaining walls
  • Excavation

Stone Walls and Boulder Walls

Landscape Boulders help to keep the fragile balance of soil and growth in place even in steep conditions. Using big rocks for landscaping creates a varied hardscape of rock gardens, perennials and trees. Creating natural formations of landscaping boulders in and around your hillside will make your landscape shine with unstudied beauty, while stabilizing the soil enough for successful cultivation. Many steep sections cannot be turned into gardens without using landscaping rocks, because the ground is not stable and will not give the plants a strong place to take root. But, using boulderscaping to steady the ground will increase both the virility and beauty of your steep landscape.

The use of stone walls and boulder walls within gardens and landscapes is a time honored tradition that has certainly proven its benefits. Stone retaining walls built hundreds of years ago are still in use today in and around Pittsburgh. Using stone walls on your property or in your garden will not only give your landscape a classic appeal, but will remain resilient through years of seasons. Boulder walls blend into the natural landscape seamlessly, and cause less of an interruption than more modern fences and partitions. Plus, their durability is unmatched: Western Pennsylvania snowstorms, rowdy and climbing children, or pushing soil will not affect its solid construction.

Our boulder wall installers will use their superior expertise in stonework and boulder landscaping to carryout unmatched stone retaining wall construction by using landscaping rocks to craft a one-of-a-kind stone wall specifically designed for your yard.