Natural stone is renowned for its characterful beauty and timelessness. It can be used to achieve a classic aesthetic, a rustic look, or a touch of luxury. The result achieved depends largely upon the type of stone used and the degree to which it has been shaped, defined, and polished. It is a wonderfully versatile material that can be incorporated into a landscape in any of the following ways:
A Quaint Path
Unrefined stone slabs can be used to create fairytale-like pathways that weave between low shrubs and groundcover to enhance the character of your garden. Utilizing units in various shapes and sizes, while opting for a random arrangement, will reinforce the organic look and feel of the pathway. The right approach can result in the creation of a path that appears to have manifested naturally over time. Allowing groundcover to spill over the edges of the path and infiltrate the joints between the natural stones can contribute toward achieving an untouched aesthetic. Small pebbles can also be used to create informal paths; however, that option depends on if they’ll be comfortable underfoot.
A Patio to Impress
Stone sandstone or limestone slabs can be used to create large, open patios that bear a sense of grandeur. These patios are perfectly suited to scenic backyards—picture, for example, a large lakeside patio. The addition of sleek stone slabs to these settings can amplify their natural beauty and make them even more luxurious. Smaller stone units that feature more rugged textures may be better suited to patios with a rustic, historical, or farmhouse-like aesthetic. Stone serves to enhance these patios in a slightly different manner, adding dimension and character to their designs.
A Dramatic Stairway
Nothing introduces a home or landscape quite like a set of stone steps. Achieve the most dramatic look by opting for a sweeping design that is wide at the base and narrows toward the top. Stone steps are not only excellent at making a statement, but they are also sturdy and reliable. Stone pairs stunningly with other natural elements, like greenery. Smaller stone steps can, therefore, be nestled into a tiered garden where groundcover is allowed to creep up around their edges.
An Oasis-like Pool
Stone patios can always be positioned beside bodies of water, like a soothing lake or more functional swimming pool. Their wholesome earthy undertones often pair well with the various shades of blue and green in which water may take form. Whether you opt for a naturalistic pond-like pool or contemporary lap pool, your stone pool deck should have no problem complementing it. Large boulders can be used to enclose a pool and enhance its privacy, or transform an adjacent slope into a soothing stream that empties into the pool.
A Cozy Fire Feature
The visual and tangible warmth produced by a fire feature can enliven an entire outdoor living space. Nothing complements this warmth like the earthy shades and crude textures found within authentic stone. The warm glow emanating from your fireplace or fire pit will illuminate every individual bump and crevice within the faces of nearby stones, highlighting their uniqueness. Consider constructing your fireplace using stone units, covering your concrete fireplace with a stone veneer or installing a stone patio underfoot.
NOTE: This article was written by the Halstead Media Group. Led by husband and wife team, Anna and Corey, Halstead Media brings an incredibly effective balance of landscape industry background, small business knowledge and Fortune/Global 500 experience to landscape architecture firms, landscape design/builds and building products manufacturers.
April 11, 2019