There’s something timeless and classic about using stone, evoking our human attraction to nature and things of the earth: rivers, mountains, waterfalls and woodlands. Granite is one of the hardest rocks on earth, second only to diamonds in its durability. We use granite cobblestones to define borders, for accents and for driveways, and granite slabs for steps and landings.
There are granite flagstones which create a rustic look for patios or paths. Granite cobblestone driveways have a charming irregularity that will instantly “age” your property, reminding visitors of the ancient streets of Europe.
Bluestone is one of the most striking natural stone materials for landscaping, due to its range of soft blues and greys that blend with almost any design. Bluestone creates an arresting entrance area, patios, terraces and pathways for family and guests. Combined with brick, it can be especially lovely. Bluestone can be straight, geometric shapes, or more irregularly shaped for a more natural look.
Bluestone gets its distinctive color from sand and quartz particles; it is actually a type of sandstone and is most often quarried from New York and Pennsylvania. It’s difficult to find a more versatile landscaping stone, or a more beautiful one.
The most famous bluestones of all are found at Stonehenge in England, placed there around 2300 BC. Only 43 remain of what historians guess were an original 80, but those 43 are still quite a testament to the durability of this beloved rock.
Limestone is one of the most important stones for masonry and landscaping, due to its ready availability, ease in cutting, and durability. It has been a popular building material from the Middle Ages; many medieval churches and castles in Europe are made of limestone. Long before the Middle Ages, the ancient Egyptians used it to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Limestone can be a variety of colors, due to clay, sand, iron oxide and other materials formed within the rocks.
There’s nothing that evokes the good life in the country more than using fieldstone in stacked stonewalls to border properties, and in low rock walls to define garden “rooms,” patios and dining areas. We frequently lay fieldstone to create meandering stone pathways, steps and landings, or in building an outdoor cooking area to create a rustic appearance for your fireplace and chimney.
Fieldstone is often used in creating tough, rugged looks for home and garden. These stones have an old-fashioned appearance, primarily because settlers used these rocks almost exclusively, excavated when clearing their land. They come in a variety of colors, with sizes and textures that can vary widely. It looks completely natural, an important consideration in the garden.