Landscape architecture is both art and science. Creating beautiful landscapes for properties requires a mix of creativity, functionality and practicality.
Using stones in your landscape and architecture adds variety and texture and organizes and defines aesthetic elements in your landscape gardens.
Adding stones to your garden landscapes also proves to be highly functional as stones play a crucial role in erosion control.
Selecting the right stones for your landscapes can become confusing with the variety of options available in the market.
The stone used in your landscape architecture must perfectly blend with the other landscape elements and create perfect landscape harmony.
This blog will help you understand the different kinds of stones used in landscaping and help you pick the suitable stone to curate an aesthetically pleasing landscape and architecture!
The Various Types Of Stones
Let’s take a quick look at the common types of landscaping stones
Granite offers a marbled look and feels and an elegant aesthetic when the stone is smooth. It also sustains a beautifully intricate structure when rough.
The stone comes in a colour palette that ranges from light brown to blue, always with a pale hue. You can opt for a creamy white limestone for a classier and soft look.
With a grainy structure, sandstone comes in yellow, beige, red or grey tones and can be used when aiming for a rustic landscape look.
Available in various blues, like plum and slate, invest in bluestone for a dramatic and modern landscape look and style.
Slate provides a sleek look and is available in bold colours like black, red and even greenish tones and hues. However, avoid using slate for landscape surfaces as it becomes easily slippery.
The Different Cuts Of Stones
The cut of the stone you select affects the entire look of your landscape installation. You can choose from natural cuts of stones like rough stone, fieldstone or river stone that bring a more natural feel and landscape look.
Usually, small stones thinkers display a rough and irregular shape, fill gaps and make landscapes more structured.
Rough Stones: Any quarry stone before it is cut
Field Stones: Similar to rough stones. These are stones that are not modified from their original shapes.
River Stones: Stones that are rounded by water for creating a more natural look.
The Different Paving Cuts Of Stone
For creating stone pavements like stairways, stepping stones, pathways or patios and other stone-based surfaces, you can select flagstone, cobblestone, Belgian blocks and semi-dressed stone.
Flagstones are large and flat thick stones with smoothly cut, rough or irregular edges.
Semi-dressed stone: The stones are smoothly cut on multiple sides, maintaining a rough space.
CobbleStone: Small round stones primarily used for paving
Belgian Blocks: These are paving stones cust roughly to the size of large bricks.
Decorative Stones: Large boulders are ideal for wonderful landscape centrepieces. Smaller stones can define the landscape pathways, and crushed stones can serve as mulch around the trees and plants.
You can also incorporate stepping stones for a quaint and informal look or paved pathways constructed from rectangular stones for a classic and formal look.
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