Duck Egg to Pure White
Decorative Stone has come a long way since we saw its arrival in 1970’s rock gardens. Today, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a poor cousin to what is available now. It is used in all garden designs for any style whether contemporary, urban, courtyard or even traditional. You can buy it in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. Use it for water features, paths, driveways and to create different effects in your garden. Colours range from Duck Egg to black and the purest of whites. Large white cobbles are great for brightening up those corners in the garden where you are unable to persuade any plants to grow!
The range includes pebbles, cobbles and pea shingle and all have a distinct purpose. Mix areas of large cobbles with smaller pebbles in a different colours to add character and texture to a focal point in the garden. You can even use the warm multi-coloured yellow and cream tones of decorative stone to create a Mediterranean garden. Or perhaps a stylish contemporary garden using the pure white cobbles. Use decorative beach or river pebbles to mirror the beach in coastal gardens. Additionally, decorative stone helps our gardens to be environmentally friendly as it allows rain water to soak back into the earth.
Decorative stone also includes slate chips which are a great alternative to mulch as they will suppress weeds and help to retain moisture. So slate chips are great for low maintenance gardens. Look out for the different colours in grey, blue and red.
Some of the pebbles and stones change colour and tone when wet and can create a dramatic impact when used to surround a free standing water feature. Additionally, a wet environment will bring out the colour of the stone more vividly. Each variety of stone will have a different texture and surface so make sure you visit your local garden centre so you can see the physical stone in person.
And let’s not forget the plants! Decorative stone is great for creating some innovative plant displays. Its best to keep to slow growing plants such as grasses, Yuccas, euphorbia, dianthus, alliums and dwarf conifers.