A cheap but low cost and easy method of dramatically changing the appearance of any outdoor space is to use decorative aggregates. They can be used in garden landscaping plans and in designing a gravel driveway, as well as to provide an effective feature to gardens in contrast with plants and flowers as the natural stone chippings can look very attractive when combined with slate chippings.
Aggregates are also known as decorative stone and chippings. They are a perfect material for use when decorating your garden, as they tend not to go out of fashion. In fact, they have been popular throughout history even the Romans built their roads from some form of aggregate, and with the invention of cement and concrete in the 19th Century, the use of aggregates as garden gravel, slate chippings and other aggregates became very popular along with the use of natural materials as a design feature in outdoor space.
Colour is a key aspect to consider when thinking about how best to plan out garden landscaping. There is an array of different sizes and materials available, and a spectrum of colours to choose from, meaning that neutrals are not the only option. Blue slate chippings can give a stylish twist to a classic looking garden, while glass aggregates are an effective and funky alternative to conventional garden gravel when using decorative stone and chippings to create an outdoor space with a modern, contemporary feel.
There are a number of areas in an outdoor space which are ideal for laying decorative stone and chippings. For smaller areas, they can be laid in planters. A layer of garden gravel can not only look highly effective but can also provide much-needed drainage and protection for the plant. Patios also make perfect areas for laying decorative aggregates. The use of wooden decking on patios has grown in recent years, however the trend does not appear to take into account the UKs often inclement whether conditions. For this reason amongst others, materials such as garden gravel, slate chippings or other such aggregates are ideal for use on a patio. It wont date, it wont rot, and you are much less likely to slip up on it when it is wet.
When plotting out your garden landscaping, take the lawn into account as well. Aggregates are far easier to maintain than a huge expanse of grass, which on its own can overwhelm the appearance of a garden. A good way to make the space more manageable and to break it up is to use gravel to make areas and pathways between the grass. This can add structure and form to your garden, and it also means you spend less time using the lawn mower and more time enjoying your space.
An obvious use for aggregates is on a gravel driveway. Try using larger aggregates for this purpose, as local pets could mistake a gravel driveway for a litter tray. Also try using slate chippings. They may not have the same satisfying crunch sound underfoot, but interlock instead making it less awkward to walk on.