Using pebbles in the garden
Using pebbles in the garden helps to create a focal point, artistically paving the way for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors without having to dent the freshly laid grass. A pathway serves to enhance the garden through hardscaping — the use of stones, concrete and decorative art in the garden. It can work to section off areas of the garden, or lead from one place to another in an ornamental and enhancing manner.
The standard way to hardscape the garden is through the use of gravel. Gravel is crushed rock that has angular and irregular shapes. Coloured gravel was used in 18th century France to create designs on the surface of the ground. It was used to effectively partition the roads into geometrical (and symmetrical) patterns. The effects are really quite attractive, especially when using coloured gravel. According to ASC Gardens, “Red or brown gravel might have been used to mark out circles, rectangles or squares enclosed by low hedges, with white or cream gravel to create paths outside of the hedging. In this way, very simple gardens created a high impact — with patches of contrasting colour covering the ground, separated by low green hedging.” Nowadays, the same idea is still just as popular (especially if you want to get that old world look in your garden). However, an implementation slightly more popular today is the use of pebbles.
Pebbles, in comparison to gravel, are smooth stones that have been shaped naturally by water. Landscape designers are accommodating these new trends by incorporating pebbles into mulches, mosaics, paving and driveways. They can also be used between pavers to create contrast, can be set in concrete for a cobblestone effect, used to create ponds and other water features, act as flowerbed separators and even anchorage for water plants. The uses of pebbles in the garden are near limitless.
Tips to make a pebble garden, from Bold Sky:
- Prepare a space for pebbles. The base for pebbles can be a soil bed or lawn bed. You can place a weed mat to arrange the pebbles;
- Pebbles can be the same, or they can differ. They can be irregular, round, flat or elliptical, and are available in a variety of shades;
- Using two different shades, or a variety of shades, has a chic effect;
- Marbles, pebbles and mineral salts are classic pebble types;
- You can grow a lawn to fence the pebble garden.
Pebbles are also the most inexpensive way to protect gardens by restoring water in soil that would normally be evaporated through sunlight. This is known to prevent soil erosion and preserve the root of the plant. Indeed, the use of pebbles has many benefits for your garden, and can all be achieved in a cost-effective and truly beautiful way.
Sources: Acs gardens, Bold Sky Limitless Living