Many people go out in search of the perfect combination of rocks; becoming rock hunters and even artists in designing their perfect rock garden. Rocks and stone also serve a great purpose in your garden. Plants need minerals and other trace elements which are found in rock, to flourish and survive.
The choices in stone, from major boulders of granite or limestone to man-made concrete creations, come in a variety of colors, shapes, textures and sizes, which allows for a beautiful presentation and artistic expression.
Landscaping Birmingham – Types of Rocks to Use in Your Rock Garden
Hard features, such as rock creations in the garden create a backdrop for growing things, adding elements of contrast and color. From large pieces to pebble sized stones, creating a garden where rocks live bring all the pieces of nature and art together to form a beautiful piece of art work.
Limestone – Limestone is porous, so if used for walkways space, they would need to be sealed, as they are subject to stain.
Brick – Manufactured bricks are easy to install, are basically stain-free and allow an even, flat walk space.
Flagstone – The name derives from an English word meaning “turf.” This flat stone is usually used for walkways and patios and can be used for memorials, facades and other constructions.
Slate – Slate is a little more expensive to install but long lasting and can be created in grey, black, blue, green, red, or purple hues.
Rocks and stones are great in patios and walkways, but also work well in low lying walls, to serve as dividers or for a more practical use such as in a retaining wall that helps prevent erosion and runoff.
Hunting for rocks to integrate into your landscape design can be an adventure for the whole family and unless they are picked-up and moved, many of the stones will be around forever. Of course you could go to your local rock store, but why miss out on having fun hunting for different shapes and sizes, with interesting textures and varying hues, or pieces that have a leafy fossil of unknown history.
However you choose to use rocks in your garden you’ll find they add an invaluable element that can surprisingly create a calming feeling. If you’re looking for a place to unwind, reflect and meditate, add a cozy bench or bolder seating area using a stone like pea gravel as your flooring. This will become a timeless area for years of enjoyment.
For more information on rock designs and uses, call one of our professional team members at The Nelson Team Inc. at (205) 702-4426, or click here to contact us.