Cheap and easy to maintain, garden stones are a good choice for those who want to create a different decorative effect, but without losing the naturalness inherent to space.
The size and shape of the stones can also vary depending on what you want to create in the garden. There are huge rough stones that can be placed together with smaller ones, as well as you can choose to only use small stones. Check below for more tips to make beautiful decoration with stones in your garden:
Types of Garden Stones
River stones are one of the most used for decorating gardens, both indoors and outdoors. Usually sold in small and medium sizes, river stones are beige to brown in colour, creating a beautiful earth tone gradient on the garden surface. The average price per kilo of river stone is BRL 6.
Pebble-type stones are very similar to river stones, with the difference that they are a little lighter and more uniform. The price per kilo of pebbles varies between R$ 6 to R$ 8.
The white gravel stone has an irregular shape and is perfect for those who want a garden with a touch of elegance, but without losing its rusticity. White gravel is also very suitable for creating highlights in the garden, skirting plants and vases. Available in different sizes, white crushed stone costs around R$ 5 per kilo.
Another widely used decorative stone option for the garden is construction stone. Yes, that all irregularly shaped grey. You can opt for the smaller size, known as pebbles, or the slightly larger ones. Another advantage of this type of stone is the price, a kilo of crushed stone is around R$ 3 to R$ 5.
White dolomite stone
White dolomite stone has a more regular appearance and a rounded finish. It is perfect for creating highlights in the garden or for forming paths. Usually found to be sold in 10-kilogram bags, white dolomite can cost around R$25 to R$30.
Expanded clay is a great stone choice for those who want a light and inexpensive material. This stone has a brown colour with nuances ranging from light to dark and is sold at prices ranging between R$ 5 and R$ 7.
Marble or granite
Marble or granite are more sophisticated stone options that are often used in slabs to compose garden decorations. However, care must be taken as these stones can be slippery in contact with water. The price varies according to the stone and colour chose.
Tips for using stones in decoration
- The stones should preferably be placed on a layer of sand. This helps to fix the stones better on the ground, in addition to avoiding direct contact with the earth, which would end up dirtying and even staining the stones, especially the lighter ones;
- Garden stones can be used in a variety of ways. Most of the time, they form designs and outlines in space, but they can also be placed around the plants you want to highlight. Another way to use stones is to create paths in the garden;
- For those who want a garden with rustic stones, it is worth betting on gravel and river stones. For a Zen garden with stones, dolomite is a good choice;
- If you prefer, you can line the entire surface of the space with stones, leaving only the space needed for the plants free, complement the stone garden with vases and other decorative objects such as lamps, lanterns and pillows;
- It is also possible to combine the stones with grass or wood, creating a mix of textures and materials in the garden;
Check out now 50 beautiful rock garden inspirations
01. Rustic garden with pebble stones covering the entire length; the arid climate plants contribute to the landscape look.
02. For a cactus garden, nothing better than the rough appearance of the construction stones.
03. The winter garden of this house has a lining of stones throughout its surface.
04. In this external area, the river stones help to enhance the rustic appearance of the façade.
05. What a beautiful inspiration here! River stones were used around the vegetable plots, facilitating passage and reducing floor maintenance.
06. This winter garden in the outer corridor of the house has a pebble stone path that surrounds the design formed by the plants.
07. In this tropical-style garden, the option was to use stones in the shape of plates.
08. The burnt cement floor formed a beautiful contrast with the mini gravel garden.
09. Before scattering the stones on the garden floor, throw a thin layer of sand on the spot.
10. Stones in different shapes in this garden, each with its function.
11. In this modern garden, the São Tomé stone floor was interspersed with the use of pebble stones.
12. What an incredible look that the stones form in this garden and, the best thing is that they practically do not require maintenance, unlike a lawn, for example.
13. And if you don’t have space for a garden, improvise a wooden box and line it with pebbles, like the image below.
14. White stones for an external living.
15. Among the white dolomites are succulents and cacti.
16. A contemporary facade with a stone garden at the entrance.
17. Here, the granite slabs superimposed on the pebbled stones form a beautiful path through the garden.
18. Pebble stones at the bottom of the artificial mini lake.
19. A simple stone outline to differentiate the large garden; note that the rocks also help to stop the advance of the grass.
20. Large granite slabs on small pebbles: a beautiful combination.
21. Stones to highlight the area where Adam’s ribs are planted.
22. At the edge of the pool, the white rocks in the garden further highlight the trio of elephant legs.
23. White stones for a modern garden.
24. Mini rock garden with pots.
25. Stones to cover the apartment’s mini garden.
26. The construction of gravel brings a modern and laid-back touch to the garden of this house.
27. No grass around here, just rocks.
28. Take advantage of your rock garden to walk barefoot and massage your feet.
29. Take advantage of your rock garden to walk barefoot and massage your feet.
30. If you want a rustic garden, however small, invest in stones.
31. Crushed stones to cover the ground where the palm tree was planted.
32. Here, irregular slabs of stone form a rustic path through the garden.
33. In indoor environments, where it is almost impossible to grow grass, decorative stones are a great solution.
34. To complete the beauty of the mini-lake, a floor of tiny stones.
35. Black pebbles provide a touch of elegance and incredible sophistication to the garden.
36. Stones can be used both on land and in water.
37. Light fixtures make this rock garden even more enchanting.
38. Zen inspiration for the use of stones in the garden.
39. What a beautiful garden of rough stones! Note that the stones form an outdoor sculpture
40. This mini lake with rocks is an invitation to relax your body and mind.
41. Crude construction stones guarantee the modernity and style of this garden.
42. For those who prefer a more uniform and regular look, it is better to bet on pebbles.
43. Natural rough stones surround this large front garden.
44. Around the wooden deck, a rock garden with cactuses and succulents.
45. Use the stones to create interesting shapes and designs in the garden.
46. Stones in different sizes, types and shapes make up this rustic and modern garden.
47. Gray gravel to match the slate floor in the same colour.
48. Round stones were placed on the pebbles; the garden look was even more complete with the lighting.
49. Big stones bring the comfort of nature into the home.
50. A rock garden between the mini-lake and the living room.