Hard to imagine a garden without inert materials: they are a vital part of the decor. Which to choose? Professionals give us their secrets for happy marriages.
"If we let the plant a place in our gardens, it is inert matter we entrust mostly traffic areas, resting, meeting and recreation, says Marie-Andrée Fortier, owner of Art & Gardens. Inert but not speechless! Stone, gravel, wood and concrete pavers also texture and rhythm to our spaces. A garden is for life. We must develop in this direction and choose materials that will stand the test of time. "
Even if one believes that a landscaping plant that is built, the integration of inert material does not play a less important role: sometimes just a detail, color, texture, for create a harmonious space. Conversely, a wrong choice can be disastrous. "If there is one rule to follow in landscaping, is that designing a garden in harmony with the architecture of the house, with the tastes and needs of the people to create a harmonious whole," says Marie Andrée Fortier.
Cut or not, natural stone still enjoys a special status: its qualities make it a favorite location for walking paths and patios. It remains the ideal answer to the aesthetic concerns and the preferred material for artistic expression. "I like stone, all kinds of stones, says Marie-Andrée Fortier. I think it ages well. It takes a patina over time that you can not imitate. "
Found mostly silica, granite and slate, which can be rough, cut or sawn. More expensive than concrete pavers, stone is available in several thicknesses: the thinner stones - 3/4 to 2 inches - are for patios and sidewalks, while thicker - 4, 6, 8 and 10 po - generally used in the manufacture of curbs or steps. It is sold by weight (pound or ton) - the price per ton is much more economical.
For pavement like the walls, there are two forms of assembly, the easiest way is to fill the joints gravel or green for horizontal surfaces or sphagnum for vertical surfaces (walls of dry stone).