Miniature Compositions With Small Rocks for Landscaping
Landscape design is an art and philosophy of combining natural materials for creating a place for contemplation and relaxation. The compositions of water, plants and stones are central for landscape designers. Small stones couldn’t be better for constructing garden structures owing to their variety of shapes, colors, patterns and textures.
Small rocks can be represented with different types: granite, marble, gravel, pebbles, glass, sand- and limestone, etc., thus, each gardener can choose a stone or their combination to his or her taste.
Pros and Cons
Particular advantages of using small landscaping rock depends on its type, but there are some general pros:
- durable and extremely long living;
- sustainable and ecological-friendly;
- stable for environmental activity;
- splendid decorative properties;
- are able to be used un different compositions along with boulders and organic mulch;
- as mulch, small stones are able to protect plant roots against overheating, providing them necessary temperature conditions;
- protect soil against erosion, weed and washing out.
Nevertheless, small rocks for landscaping have some disadvantages too:
- can be washed out during heavy rains;
- difficult to remove litter, dead leaves and weed (find out effective ways of killing unnecessary weeds);
- can be taken away while walking on it;
- difficult to remove old and plant new herbs, flowers and bushes.
How to choose the best small landscaping rocks? Adding any type of small rock to your landscape design, you should precisely decide, where and how you are going to use the stone: for mulching rockery, pond, waterfall, just scatter some stones on your lawn in combination with flowers or create beautiful paths along your garden and use small stones as filler for free spaces between bigger stones.
Small stones of black, gray and white colors (gravel, pebbles) are perfect for a garden in Japanese style, but, actually, small stones will be a nice decoration for any garden in case of their smart combination.
Ideas for Rockeries
There are many different and creative small rock landscaping ideas but we will discuss the most popular ones. Owing to their variety of shapes, colors and patterns, small rocks can be used as mulch, border for your rockery or path, or just be scattered within a flowerbed in combination with herbs and other plants.
Use black, gray and white pebbles to create a stone garden in Japanese style: you can ornament a garden with different rounded patterns to imitate sea waves or flames. Such gardens are not abundant with various flowers and plants: it will be enough to place there a couple of bonsai pines.
Another option concerning the usage of small stones – to use them as mulch filling spaces between flat stones for paths. Here you can choose any type of stone that will match the type and color of a flat stone.
Flat lime- or sandstone will look nice with glass stones and river stone. Granite flat stones can be accompanied with gravel or marble chips. Such natural paths can be easily turned into original rockery – just add lavender or sage as a border filled with decorative moss.
How to Install?
To install small rocks within your garden is not a problem: stones are relatively light weight and are sold by kilos in bags. Prepare the soil – dig a trench for your future rockery (5-10 cm), put black polypropylene, make a sand bedding and pour water on it.
Then, when the sand is dry, you can scatter stones on your future rockery, leaving free spaces for plants. When the stones are installed, you can slightly press them against the ground with rubber sledgehammer.
How to Take Care?
Though small stones are easy to install and transport, they are relatively difficult to take care of in terms of taking away litter, dead leaves and plants. It will be complicated to wash stones with water – they could be washed away. The only possible way to clean them is to sweep it with brush or to blow the litter and leaves out with the help of special garden equipment.
Owing to its diversity, small rock is a perfect material for building and landscaping purposes: one could use it to construct fences and supporting walls, it is indispensable for decorating flowerbeds, rockeries, waterfalls and ponds. Choose flat rocks to make your garden unique.
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