With the long-awaited summer season around the corner, you may be revamping your garden. Let us provide you with a source of inspiration on how to give your garden a makeover.
We are enthusiastic about top quality, natural materials that are perfect for any outdoor living space including your garden, driveway or patio. If you are looking at natural stone products to landscape or re-design, then read on to find out more information about the different ways natural granite can be a part of the new, fresh looking space.
Natural granite stone is not only pleasing to look at, but also is durable, comes in a range of finishes and colours which gives you the opportunity to craft a truly unique and bespoke atmosphere.
Here are some of our points of inspiration for outdoor living design.
Pathways are an excellent feature for any garden of any shape and size. They are great for connecting a patio area to a grassy area of an outdoor space and encourages movement. Alternatively, they can be used in a front-of-the-house outdoor area to add that little extra something to the front.
Natural granite materials can come into play in several different ways when creating the ideal pathway. You can consider paving stones for gardens or driveways, like granite paving slabs in a polished or flamed finish.
Additionally, a pathway does not have to be in a straight line, giving you more freedom to facilitate a one-of-a-kind design.
A rockery is an arrangement of stones in a variety of irregular shapes, with soil between them that is planted with several alpine plant species. The origins of this kind of rock comes from where such alpine plants are typically found.
Rockeries can act as an excellent focal feature of your outdoor space and adds a unique element to the area. The irregular shape of the rocks and stone is a great way of incorporating texture into the garden, as well as integrating a healthy variety of plants.
Granite setts, available in a variety of colours from grey to black, or yellow to red, serve as a great option to use in rockeries, as granite is long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Another great material is stone bark gneiss – a metamorphic rock that resembles tree bark because its naturally uneven surface. These natural stone types are the perfect materials to use when creating a stylish and durable rockery.
Another element that can be incorporated into your garden or other outdoor living space is hard landscaping. Garden landscaping is not all about plants and flowers, but also about other elements that create structure.
Hard landscaping can involve paving for gardens, as well as using walling stone from TopStone to create walls of varying heights. Create an attractive space that can be used for eating or lounging outside in the garden, or for a well-finished driveway.
Additionally, you can create walls around your garden, adding different levels to the area and also to separate the grass from raised flower beds. Alternatively, you could use these materials to create a wall around a water feature, or outdoor fire pit.
Explore the multiple ways granite can be used in hard landscaping, providing you with endless possibilities when re-designing a garden, patio or outdoor living space.
Devoid of the size of the space you are working with, a patio is always a great feature of any garden and they can be used in a multitude of ways. Patios are a great and wonderful outdoor living space that adjoins the inside to the outside. They can be used throughout the warm spring and summer months and could even be used during the cooler months of autumn with an overhead ceiling and some heating. Due to the option of being made from paving stones or slabs, patios require little maintenance and can be easily cleaned.
You can design a patio in a variety of ways. For example, you may have a terraced or split-level patio that is raised compared to the rest of the area. The terracing of the patio will add a different element to the garden and will separate it from the rest of the garden. Alternatively, your patio may have one level but can be made from different materials. Use some granite paving slabs, for example, to create a sleek and easy maintenance patio.
You can also have a mosaic patio which will act as a focal point and add your own creative design to the garden landscape or driveway. Browse through some decorative paving circles that come with patterns, or if you have more time and would like to create your own design, that is feasible as well.
We recognise the importance of outdoor living spaces, which is why we like to recommend natural and durable stones like granite. We hope you found this both informative and inspirational for landscaping or re-designing your outdoor living space.
Find out about the types of stone finishes available from Top Stone for further inspiration for landscaping or re-designing your garden.
If you would like additional inspiration or simply have some questions, please do not hesitate to contact our experts us here.