Gravel gardens when done right – look great.
Gravel has many uses in landscaping schemes including, driveways, foot paths, terraces and/or as mulch around plants. Whether you’re incorporating planting or other materials, this crushed stone surface makes everything pop.
There are a few good explanations why you may choose a less permanent hardscape surface material like gravel. Firstly, gravel is one of the most versatile hardscape materials you can find due to the various colours, materials and sizes there are. You can enjoy your garden with minimal maintenance whilst also reducing its reliance on water. There is also the added benefit of environmental gains for using gravel, plus it can also be quite cost effective. Although that’s dependant on the particular gravel of choice.
It’s no prima donna. Gravels main responsibility is to blend in. No matter the style of garden there is a gravel to suit. If you choose a colour that inter-blends, it’ll provide a peaceful backdrop and allow key features to standout.
Things to consider:
It’s beneficial to consider an option that not only looks great but also works for the environment too. Although typically more sustainable methods and materials are more costly, with gravel that’s not usually the case. Qualifying gravel as an environmentally and economically favouring option.
Size of gravel
As there are various materials to choose from, it also means there are various sizes. The finer the gravel the nicer it is to walk on and generally more stable it is.
Types of gravel
Pea gravel/shingle; characterised for its small and round appearance, it’s a popular choice for various landscaping projects.
Limestone; offers a colour selection from white to grey and is an angular shape.
Granite; hardwearing and attractive choice for decorative purposes or driveways and gardens.
Slate chips; stands out with its colour variants of plum to grey and flat texture.
Decomposed granite; it’s finer and more stable than other gravels, proving a great option as it stays in-place.
- Reduces use of water
- Low-cost in relation to other materials
- Versatile material that compliments other hardscape
- Low maintenance
- Good for the environment
- Can be difficult to contain to one area, loose stones
- It’s not a solid base
- Needs to be replenished every few years