Perfect Plum Decorative GravelPosted on - 08.05.22
We have all seen decorative plum slate used in gardens, on driveways and all around the exterior of our homes and businesses. So how can you use it to add some style and colour to your outdoor spaces?
In the flower beds
Bold and bright plants deserve to be beautifully displayed and surrounded by something that will help their colour pop. This colour certainly isn't that of standard dirt and topsoil. However, the stunning plum colour of slate adds a natural backdrop to your plants. It helps greens to pop, bright colours to stand out and looks perfect with any colour plants.
While many gravels will start to get lost in the top layer of topsoil as plants are changed and swapped, slate lends itself well to being pushed to the side while any digging is done.
Slate can also act as a natural deterrent to weeds growing through as it blocks all light and creates a barrier for the weeds to grow through. However, weeding is still highly recommended to keep on top of any that do break through!
Like with the flower bed, plum slate can help to make the plants in your pots to really stand out. This works particularly well if you have a smaller plant that will grow in the pot over time.
On the drive
There are a number of reasons as to why people love a gravel driveway. It's a cheaper option than many others certainly printed concrete, and it can be shaped far easier than a slabbed driveway. But there is one key factor that stops many people. Trailing gravel down the road as you pull off your drive. It gets messy, you loose gravel, which costs money to replace - we understand, and we've been there too.
With plum slate, its shape helps to ensure that it doesn't get stuck in your tyre tread, meaning that you don't take it for a ride every time you pull off the drive. Simply ensure you have the right edging at the end of your driveway and your slate will remain where it should be.
Instead of a patio
Patios are everywhere. They may come in different shapes and sizes. Some now have patterns, others unique designs. But it's still a patio.
So why not take the initiative and replace your patio with plum slate? The size and shape of this gravel make it better underfoot than other coloured gravel, while the plum colour helps to make it look like a natural addition to the garden. Its flat surface also makes it ideal for garden furniture.
Just add a nice brick trim around the slate to help maintain the shape of your gravel "patio".
Make Yourself A Path
Whether you are tearing up your existing path, or creating a new path leading down your garden, this stunning decorative gravel can draw the eye, and look far more attractive than your average slabbed path. As with the patio, find a nice edging to help keep the shape of your path, and maintain your slate pieces.
Around the office
The exterior of an office is somewhere that needs to be truly low maintenance. After all, unless you have someone who regularly tends to the exterior, there are just not enough hours in the working week. So why not create gravel areas?
Instead of having large planted areas or borders, cover the ground in plum slate, then sporadically place pots with low maintenance plants in. This reduces any weeding, any care, and looks nice and inviting.