Landscaping with Garden Pebbles

Published by Armstone

Garden Pebbles are one of the most beautiful natural materials you can work within a garden. They’re the perfect accompaniment to plants, trees, pavers and can be used as standalone elements to create texture, colour and draw interest to your yard.

Whether you’re after a modern, traditional, Japanese, country, Mediterranean, or Xeriscape garden, you’ll find stones pebbles to match your theme and they come in all shapes and sizes for any project.

mixed polished pebbles

Adding Garden Pebbles can be used to assist drainage, create structure and physical change, and can help a garden look more established.

Pebbles make wonderful decorative elements and help restore water in the soil that’s exposed to the sun. They also prevent soil erosion and preserve the roots of a plant. Stone pebble path can be added to create a practical walkway from one area to another, or decorative pebbles can be used in place of mulch.

Pebbles are currently very on-trend, and landscape gardeners can’t get enough of them for use in mulching, mosaicing, and paving. They’re also being used to surface paths and driveways, adding character to a home in an instant.

Where do Garden pebbles come from?

Garden Pebbles come from various countries like China, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Raven Stepping Stones

How to install garden pebbles?

Weeds can be an issue with pebbles, but a thick layer should do the trick in preventing them from growing through. You could also try a treatment of Roundup before laying the pebbles.

Adding underlayments between the rocks and the soil creates a weed barrier that helps prevent weed seeds from touching the soil. Choose landscape fabric or black plastic as the underlayments. Plastic creates a stronger weed barrier than landscape fabric, but water won’t pass through it to feed the bushes’ roots; an option is to use the plastic but leave holes in it around the bushes.

How much garden pebbles do I need?

To achieve sufficient coverage with Garden pebbles you will need to fill up to 40-50mm depth. To do this you will need to use approx. 80-100kg of pebbles to cover 1m2 of an area. This calculation works on pebbles that are 30-50mm in size.
The smaller the pebbles the better coverage you will achieve.

Let’s say you have an area of 3m x 4m and you are planning to use 30-50mm pebbles you will need to 3×4=12m2, 12x80kg=960kg which is approx a ton.

  • 10-20mm size Pebbles Approximate coverage: 3 x 20kg bags per = 1 m2  for 40-50mm depth
  • 30-50mm size Pebbles Approximate coverage: 4 x 20kg bags per = 1 m2  for 40-50mm depth
  • 50-70mm size Pebbles Approximate coverage: 6 x 20kg bags per = 1 m2  for 40-50mm depth

stone pebbles

What can you do with Garden pebbles:

Terraced steps

Terraced stone steps in a mix-and-match pattern create a strong focal point and offer a functional purpose in a sloped yard. Try creating a carpet of green by planting ground cover in and amongst your steps, or add a bit of soil and sedum into any stone cracks and crannies. Character plants on either side of the steps will create visual interest, or small flat lights placed between the stones can beautifully illuminate your steps at night.

Drought tolerant yard

Create a bed of pebbles dotted with native grasses, such as Mingo or Purple Lea. Grasses are great for attracting native birds and tolerate frost and drought well.

Zen garden

A zen garden is a place of refuge and acts as an aid to meditation. Traditional Japanese zen spaces include stone, sand, and other natural materials used to create lines or patterns and a meditative environment.

Pool border

Outline your pool and give it a resort feel by creating a stone border using polished pebbles, while natural stone gives a beautiful earthy feel that replicates a natural pool.

English country garden

A garden that incorporates more formal stone elements, such as a flagstone path, lends an English garden feel that’s perfect for enjoying a good book or iced tea. Line the path with plenty of perennials and add a birdbath for extra effect.

Modern path

Frame attractive Raven Black Granite Pavers with Sino Black Natural Pebbles, and frame those pebbles with more granite. The end result looks stylish and is completely maintenance-free.

Gravel mulch

Gravel mulch should be around 40-60mm deep, or 10-20mm deep for use in pots. If you hate the idea of a weed breaking through, you could try the Roman technique of first laying down salt, but don’t do this in areas where you plan to grow ornamental plants. The results can be permanent!

Succulent garden

Succulents are a minimal fuss, but they do prefer to be placed with stones or gravel than with moist leaf litter mulch. Coloured pebbles make a beautiful contrast against succulents.

Once you’ve started working on some home projects using stone, you’ll be hooked and looking for your next project immediately. Luckily, you’re likely to have a lot of leftover stones, and the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do with the leftovers. Here are just some of our favourite ideas:

Succulents and gravel

Backsplash

Pretty pebbles in a variety of earth tones can make a beautiful resource for a unique backsplash in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry. If you have a lot, you can run the whole length, or otherwise, consider just creating an accent.

Mosaic

Leftover stone and pebbles are perfect for mosaicing, and the beauty of mosaics is that anyone can make something beautiful when they have quality material. Try creating a picture frame, lamp, or some coasters.

Sensory table

Sensory tables are great fun for kids and a valuable learning tool that encourages children to explore their world. Fill a bin with your leftover gravel, and place objects inside for your child to find. They can either guess with their eyes closed as to what each object is or can create a play area for some diggers or dinosaurs.

To see the full range of Garden pebbles click here and you can click here to enquire. We will advise on which Garden pebbles will work for your environment. We will work out the coverage and can get them delivered to your door within 3 working days.

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Arman Minas

Arman Minas

Director at Armstone
A committed and enthusiastic expert, Arman has more than 10 years experience in the stone industry and 20 years in the design space. Arman’s strong, customer focused passion has seen countless projects come to life. At the head of the Armstone team, Arman oversees all aspects of the business.
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