If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden or outdoor space then you’ll know that the design opportunities are endless; from a modern zen style garden, to a traditional country cottage garden and everything in between. The design you choose will depend on your own personal tastes, but if you’re looking for new ways to enhance your garden, consider adding some stone features.
Stone is one of the most versatile materials around and there are many practical and exciting ways to use it in your outdoor space. From an eye catching water feature, to entertainment spaces and decorative borders, read on to find out about the many ways you can use stone to enhance your garden.
Decorative stone borders
A stone border adds a contrast to your flower beds and helps the colours and textures of your plants to stand out. A border also keeps things neat and shows that you’ve put some thought into your garden design, and there are many different options to choose from.
Opt for larger pebbles or stones if you want a minimalist, classic look, or choose smaller pieces of natural stone or marble for more texture. Decorative stone aggregates are also available in a wide variety of colours, from natural neutrals to brighter colours like pink, blue or purple. Decorative stone borders are low maintenance and easy to care for and they also help to protect your plants from overexposure and extreme temperatures.
Add a water feature
A natural stone fountain adds a stunning focal point to your garden and many companies offer bespoke, hand carved designs so you can achieve the exact shape and style you’re looking for. Stone fountains can be rustic and natural looking (think stones stacked on top of each other with water cascading down), or more elaborate in the form of a classic font or statue.
Numerous studies have shown that water features have calming properties and the sound of running water helps to reduce stress and induce feelings of relaxation. Stone water features look equally at home in a minimalist, Japanese influenced garden, or a formal garden with neoclassical elements, so they can be a very versatile addition to your outdoor space.
The presence of local wildlife brings many benefits to your garden, including pest control and increased pollination. Biodiversity is also extremely important for the environment overall, and it’s vital that we preserve local wildlife in all its forms.
You can do your bit by encouraging more wildlife into your garden and stone can even help with this, too. Add a stone bird feeding table or bird bath to enhance the look of your garden and encourage visits from feathered friends. You can also create enticing homes for insects by building small stone piles at various points around your garden to create the perfect dark, damp habitat. Add piles in both sunny and shady areas and leave them undisturbed so that insects can flourish.
Stone pathways are also extremely versatile and you can choose anything from a rustic gravel path, to stepping stones or a formal paving slab pathway. It’s an effective way to divide your garden into different outdoor zones or areas and they can help prevent your lawn from becoming worn down or trampled over time.
Stone paths are also very low maintenance and naturally tough and durable, so they’ll stay looking fresh for years to come. Natural stone doesn’t absorb stains, so simply hosing down your path with water every once in a while is enough to keep it looking pristine. Natural stone pathways even have added health benefits, and research has shown that walking barefoot on stone helps to improve balance and circulation, and reduce stress.
Stone can also be used to create or section off an area for entertaining in your garden, for example by using paving stones to create a patio area to eat outside. You could also add stone steps or a balcony to separate a dedicated entertainment space from the rest of your garden, or even add a sunken stone fire pit.
An outdoor stone fireplace or fire pit gives an added layer of luxury to entertaining outside, allowing your guests to stay warm when the sun goes down, as well as providing a tool for outdoor cooking. If your garden is all grass then consider adding a stone area for outdoor meals, drinks or socialising. The stone provides a stable surface for furniture and it helps to retain the heat in the summer so you can make the most of hotter temperatures.
Build a rockery
A rockery garden is easy to create and they require little maintenance to keep them looking their best. UK weather is also famously unpredictable, but rock gardens are more resilient to extreme weather conditions and changes in temperature. If you have a smaller garden then you might want to transform the entire area into a rock garden, especially if you don’t have much time to dedicate to gardening. Otherwise, you could choose one area and leave the rest full of lush, green foliage for a nice contrast.
Some rockeries use smaller pieces of stone (almost gravel size), or you can use a mix of small and large pebbles and rocks to break things up. Species of plant that thrive in a rock garden include cyclamen, crocus, blue fescue grass, candytuft and ajuga.
Stone statues come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional cast figures and animals to more modern, abstract shapes. A stone garden sculpture is a great way to inject some personality and interest to your garden and they add a focal point or a surprise hidden gem for people to discover if you add smaller statues to secluded areas.
Stone won’t rust or corrode over time like metal can, and some people even prefer the look of their statues once they’re slightly weathered.
A stone bench or table is a stylish and elegant addition to your garden and this type of furniture is far more hard wearing than wood, metal or plastic. You could add a stone bench to a secluded spot to create the perfect relaxing hideaway, or a full set of table and chairs if you want to entertain outdoors. A stone table can be a highly decorative piece in itself and some use elaborate designs which make them look more like a sculpture.
A stone bench or seat can also be engraved and this is a highly popular choice if you want to remember a loved one who’s passed away. Stone garden furniture is a timeless and long lasting addition to your garden and it requires little maintenance; add a coat of sealant to tables to protect them from stains and remove any dirt using a pH neutral stone cleaner.
Stylish, high quality stone for your garden from Wrights of Campden
If you’re looking to enhance your garden with the highest quality natural stone products, get in touch with the experts at Wrights of Campden. Our skilled and experienced stonemasons are proud to offer a wide range of products to enhance your garden, including water features, stone statues, bird baths, stone furniture, paving and much more. We also offer bespoke designs for many of our products and can work with you to help bring your dream vision to life.
Our natural limestone is of the highest quality so you can be confident that you’re getting durable, long lasting stone features every time. For more information about any of our garden stone products, or to discuss your requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or visit our website.