Sleek Design with Glass Landscaping Rocks
Landscaping has always been a philosophy of art and nature, embodied in principles of harmony, simplicity and pacification. The issue of combining plants, rocks and water is central here and their correct interrelations can make your garden a perfect place for contemplation.
In this article we will be speaking about one of the most beautiful and simple material – glass landscaping rock, all advantages and disadvantages will be shown as well as some creative design ideas.
- Pros and Cons
- How it Looks Like?
- Characteristics and Properties
- Ideas for Rockeries
- How to Take Care of Glass Rocks?
- The amount of needed material
Pros and Cons
Using glass landscaping rocks in a garden, one can note following advantages:
- it does not enter into chemical reactions, so it is harmless to plants;
- possible to combine with any plants;
- low cost;
- refracts light, making the composition particularly original;
- solid lifespan: it doesn’t die out, is not predisposed to crumbling.
But glass landscape rock also has a number of disadvantages:
- fragility of the material;
- difficult to remove;
- difficult to maintain: to take away old leaves or litter (find out effective ways of killing unnecessary grass).
How it Looks Like?
Being so popular in landscaping today, glass rocks are represented in a huge variety of colors and fractions: there are glass dust, small glass pieces for mulching (0.3-5 mm), large boulders and medium glass rocks for decorating noticeable areas of a garden (10-30 cm). Among the diversity of colors there are black, blue glass landscape rocks, Caribbean blue, orange, red, yellow, crystal amber, crystal blue, crystal clear, crystal green, crystal teal, crystal turquoise, gray, green, purple and white.
There is also a number of color hues, such as brownish green. One should note, that “crystal” means, that the glass is highly limpid.Learn more information about landscaping with another types of rocks: for pool, crushed rock, small, large and flat rocks, pebble rocks, white marble, gravel, granite, slate stones, lava rock and it’s pros and cons. Also fake and river rock.
Characteristics and Properties
Colored glass rocks for landscaping are the perfect solution for mulching flowerbeds, rockeries and alpine gardens, because this material doesn’t enter in any chemical reaction being harmless to plants. Reflecting light, glass rocks protect roots from overheating; it is able to protect the soil against washing out and erosion.Warning: what concerns weed, the glass can’t impede their growth at necessary level and one should use herbicides to maintain an attractive composition.
Glass landscape rocks are able to boast a huge lifespan: they don’t crumble or die out on the sun. Also, glass rocks are able to withstand harsh environmental activities: snow, frost, heat.
Be careful though glass rock is solid and firm, it could be washed away with heavy rain (especially, when rocks are of small fraction).
For a human, glass landscaping rocks are absolutely safe. During the production, glass goes through multiple processing stages, that is why it doesn’t have sharp sides. Glass rock for landscaping can be matched with any plant in a garden, but the most attractive combinations are with solitaire trees and bushes, and also with succulent plants (cactus, stonecrop, etc.).
Recommendation: speaking about color matching, one should not decorate a flowerbed with as much different colors as possible, it doesn’t look natural. Use 2 or 3 colors or their hues.
Glass landscaping rocks will best suit a garden in traditional style with formal flowerbeds and rockeries. In a garden in landscape style, glass rocks could be lost to view, because a number of greenery is extremely high.Advice: even if you have a garden in landscape style, you can use glass rocks for mulching paths (or a space between flagstones). Such rocks are nice in decorating waterfalls and ponds, especially with accent light (more design ideas for your yard).
Ideas for Rockeries
The most important rule concerning decorating a rockery – do not going too far with different colors and stick to strict color combinations. For example, one can use white or clear glass for mulching and blue, green or turquoise color for a border. Also, it will be a good idea to add some larger rocks as an accent. Another possible combination: yellow mulch, orange borders and red solitaires.
When using colored glass rocks, pay close attention to a color combination of flowers and perennial plants with rocks: it will be an untidy view of blue rocks with red flowers (for example, roses). Idea for a rockery: one or two solitaires (thuya or juniper) with green cover-grounds and a couple of annual or perennial flowers of unshowy color hue.
Use blue or green rocks with white or turquoise border. These colors best suits the greenery of a garden.
In this section you will find some interesting designs with glass landscaping rocks:
Here you can find more design ideas of rock landscaping:
How to Take Care of Glass Rocks?
Glass rocks don’t need some special maintenance throughout a year. One should wash it with a stream of water, take away litter and leaves, add rocks in a case of its washing away, use herbicides against weed. Glass rocks don’t need polishing.
Learn how to clean rocks properly?
The amount of needed material
Approximately, 3-4 kilos per square meter. But this rate depends on desired layer thickness and the number of plants (when adult) on your rockery.
Glass is a durable and creative material for landscaping. One can create various design ideas using glass rocks of different colors. Glass rocks represent a perfect correlation of naturalness, high decorative properties and durability.