Many materials can come together to transform your yard into one that has a beautiful, cohesive design. In addition to walls, interlocking pavers, and stairs, decorative stones can be used for functionality and contrast. These rocks are typically smaller in size and, unlike the aggregate used underneath your pavers, can stand out all on their own.
Some areas of your yard may not require interlocking options but could still benefit from adding a hardscaping material like decorative stone. These stones can be placed within gardens, around trees and shrubs, along pathways or even surround your mailbox. They are durable, retain their colour, and generally do not attract pests like ants or termites. All these factors and more make them increasingly appealing to use in any area of your yard.
Types of Decorative Stone
Numerous compositions and colour variations of decorative stone are available to match your new or existing landscape design. Some options might work better for certain areas than others, and you should consider the functionality and the look before deciding what kind of stone you choose. Considerations include drainage, suitability for walking, and ability to compact.
If you’re looking for a wow factor decorative stone, sparkling white calcite might be the option for you. Each piece is irregularly shaped with jagged edges. Similar to gravel but with a more appealing look, this material can easily be incorporated into various settings around your yard.
Within your garden, it is sure to make your plants pop with its glittery yet monochromatic colour. It can also be used for borders along walkways or within the beds of trees. This beautifully contrasted aggregate will benefit water features, including ponds, waterfalls, and fountains. You can also use it around your pool area.
You might also consider combining this white stone with another colour, such as black or grey, to really highlight the glinting effects. If this material catches your eye, we can take the time to review how many cubic yards you will need for your unique project.
We sell our river wash decorative stone up to five inches in size. Also referred to as pea stone, it can be used throughout various areas around your home. Most of the stone's appeal comes from an aesthetic perspective since it retains a more brilliant colour when wet. By comparison, the hues can look muted when dry. With a rinse of the hose or fresh rain, bright colours are brought to life, enhancing any exterior area with soft earth tones.
Ideal for stone walkways, this material can easily compact to create a comfortable walking experience for homeowners. You can also use them for border gardens or low-maintenance areas around homes, and they are particularly ideal for shaded areas where grass does not grow easily. A nod to their name, they look particularly exceptional around water features such as ponds and can be used to accent pool areas.
This material is ideal for placing underneath concrete areas and as a sub-base for pavers. Due to its natural shape and contours, it provides ample drainage and is suitable in various areas where your yard may see more water, and you want to reduce erosion risk. While the tone may vary, clear stone is primarily grey in colour, and pieces tend to be slightly larger than a loonie.
The practical uses of this decorative stone come from its rich tones and ability to facilitate drainage. You can lay clear stone in window wells, as a compact driveway material, and in swales where your yard may need an additional culvert or ditch to help draw water away after winter or heavy rains.
Deciding on the Right Decorative Stone
Before deciding on the type of decorative stone, you will use, ensure that you understand its purpose and grading requirements so that it can meet your needs. We can make recommendations based on your existing design or suggest options to enhance smaller projects, such as the redoing of garden beds or the addition of a water feature. With our expertise, we can make choosing the right decorative stone easy and ensure you receive the right amount of material to cover the length, width, and depth of your project.
To learn more about our options, please contact us.