Stone paths and walkways can be used for many purposes, from directing foot traffic, to defining garden beds, leading people to a focal point such as a pond or fountain, adding texture, and even improving space usage. At Vandenberg’s Landscape Design, we know that stone is an extremely versatile material and that it is a great feature to add to any landscape design.
One of the man benefits of stone paths and walkways is the variety they offer in terms of colour, shape, and size. Including a stone path into your backyard landscaping will add unique element that fits perfectly with your taste and style. Using stone materials to create a walkway is an affordable and low maintenance solution that can handle the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While stone walkways are resistant to chipping and cracking, one of the best ways to ensure that your stone paths have a long lifespan is to have them professional installed.
At Vandenberg’s Landscape and Design, we want to help you choose the best stone for your garden path. Here are 4 of the most popular stone choices for paths and walkways:
Brick is a highly durable natural stone that produces a timeless look. It can withstand high loads, which makes it an excellent choice for walkways, sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Brick is also any extremely cost-effective option, as they are easy to replace if one of them becomes damaged at some point in time. One of the biggest benefits of brick is that its colour will not fade over time and it is easy to clean with a simple garden hose.
Pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, from the more common square to curved and even rustically charming irregular shapes. Tumbled or smooth, weathered or embossed, sand-textured or cobbled, pavers can suit many tastes and personalities. Pavers are an extremely versatile and affordable stone material that is long lasting, even in high traffic areas. This material also requires little maintenance and is both weather and slip resistant.
Bluestone comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colours, and offers a uniquely charming appearance that is both elegant and eclectic. It is extremely tough and resistant to freeze-thaw cycles, making it a great choice for pool patios, stairs, and walkways; however, bluestone is a naturally porous and able to hold a large amount of water, so you will need to seal it periodically in order to maintain its natural colours and beauty.
Limestone comes in a range of light colours that are ideal for deflecting heat. It is a highly durable and long lasting stone with many textural options. Just like with bluestone, limestone is porous and should be sealed in order to maintain its colour and texture.
If you would like to learn more about landscape design for stone paths and walkways, or if you are interested in one of our landscaping services, please contact Vandenberg’s Landscape Design at 604-866-3023 or by filling out a contact form on our website.