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The landscape design that surrounds a home is often a reflection of those who live there. Rock gardens filled with colorful, hardy perennials can provide a more natural and care-free look, while stately stone pillars, pavers and fountains accented with neatly trimmed hedges offer a more formal expression.Whatever the style, the stone you choose needs to hold up to the harsh elements that come with outdoor exposure. Natural limestone is extensively used in the landscaping industry, not only for its durability but for it beauty. See why this rugged, attractive and readily available natural stone is the ideal choice for both professional and homeowner landscape projects.
It Comes From Nature
Limestone came from earth’s naturally formed landscape, so it stands to reason it will fit into your landscape as well. In nature, rock formations give shape and form to the terrain and form natural borders for woodland edges and streams. The same effect can happen in a residential backyard on a small or grand scale. From ledge rock retaining walls or cascading waterfalls to terraced hillsides or poolside pavers, limestone will help create an inviting and natural outdoor retreat.
It Works With Any Style
You can choose to have your limestone retain a more natural or rustic appearance with rough edges and uneven surfaces, or stonemasons can cut your stone to uniform sizes and shapes. Limestone is a very dense and consistent stone, so precise sizes, shapes and thicknesses can be cut to accommodate custom layouts or patterns and make installation easier. Various finishes that are applied to stone also can modify its appearance to suit various styles, and the available color variations can coordinate with a home’s exterior and even play off the colors of surrounding plantings.
It Adds Interest to a Landscape
When planning a garden or landscape, most homeowners start with a list of desirable plants — colorful flowers, shade trees and shrubs. Truly outstanding landscapes, however, contain more than just plants; they contain accent features, different textures, various elevations and more. Limestone walls, raised beds, water features, protruding slabs and inviting paths can serve as accents or backdrops to help unify a landscape and draw your eyes toward (or away from) features within the garden. A major consideration for northern homeowners is what the landscape will look like during the winter months when most plants go dormant. Natural stone features can add color, interest and dimension to what would otherwise be a dreary and barren landscape.
It’s VersatileBecause of its strength, limestone is ideal for structural applications where it can stand for generations, such as load-bearing or retaining walls, fencing, paving, accent stones and more. The use of limestone, however, is much wider ranging than many people realize. In addition, it can be used for these other outdoor applications:
- Pool decking and surrounds
- Exterior home cladding/accent walls
- Entertainment areas
- Benches and furniture
- Lawn edging and raised beds
- Outdoor fireplace stone and fire pits
- Fountains, bird baths and water features
- Driveways and paths
- Monuments and address signs
- Rip Rap/Revetment
Not all limestone is created equal, so it’s important to make sure the stone you choose will stand up to outdoor conditions. Limestone is a sedimentary stone and, depending on where it’s quarried, it will receive a rating that determines its quality and how hard wearing it is. This rating is determined by ASTM International — an organization that rates limestone based on certain criteria. Low-grade Type I limestone, for example, may be unsuitable for high-traffic areas and may not be water-resistant. The landscape surrounding a home often has irrigation systems, foot traffic and other environmental factors that make choosing a higher grade limestone important. Consider using Type III grade limestone which will withstand almost anything nature can bring its way, and build with a sense of permanence.
If you’re considering limestone to beautify your next landscape project, view samples of outdoor limestone projects to see the diversity of applications, styles and appearances that are possible, but still feel free to let your imagination flow. A good stone company can accommodate the most unique design challenges. Also make sure the company you choose responsibly harvests the stone and is concerned about the earth’s resources. To see how Eden-Valders Stone stands out from the rest, reach out to us. We’re eager to help you transform your next landscape project into something truly spectacular.