LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES & MATERIALS
We can use materials on the following list for you. Take a look - it's fun to think outside the box. You might not think of some extra purposes these materials can be used for. For example, you can use pavers and tiles for walls not just for the ground. Sandstone, marble and granite blocks make attractive borders of gardens, paths and driveways. Or as stepping stones. Also steps don't always have to be stone; they can be timber. There are many other landscape materials possible than the ones on this list. Give us a call and ask if you know of something else you'd like!
CONCRETE BESSER BLOCKS & TERRACOTTA BRICKS:
These are standard landscape materials for your hard areas. However nowadays there is a big range of styles, shapes, sizes and colours available. Carved and ornamented bricks are included for added attractiveness. This means you can get very creative and produce stunning designs even for your retaining walls. You can team them up with other materials and plants for attractiveness as well as strength and durability.
Slate is a great paving and tiling material. Colours range from warm russet through cream, beige and pale grey to blue-greys and near black. Slate can be shaped into classic square or rectangular tiles for a formal look. Also it can be cut into straight-sided geometric shapes to add interest. Or even left in the rugged natural shapes for the 'crazy stone' artistic effect. You'll love it for walls, paths, steps, entertainment areas and pool surrounds.
Who doesn't love the beauty and lustre of polished granite? It even beats concrete for hardness and durability. Picture old statues that have stood for centuries. Furthermore it is stain resistant. For these reasons it's great for durable driveways and paths. Also great around barbeques, fireplaces, and for water features, ornamental steps and walls. From big slabs to tiny tiles, many designs are possible. You will find the colours and slight sparkle appealing too. Granite comes in black and dark grey to subtle shades of beige, blue-grey and red-brown. It is even found in pinks, mauves, yellows and olives. Also it can be figured with contrasting coloured speckles and lines like marble.
Cobblestone means many small stone tiles or pavers fitted closely together to make a continuous hard surface. It can be stronger and harder wearing than other landscape materials, for example concrete. You can use cobblestone for everything from decorative wall tiles to attractive paths and driveways. It's available in many types of stone such as sandstone, marble, granite, limestone and many more. Choose from a variety of different geometric shapes, sizes and colours. You're sure to find something to suit your style with this timeless material!
Pebblecrete is an inexpensive simple option for areas where there is a risk of slipping. Thus it is good for slopes, driveways and potentially wet areas around fountains and pools. You'll also find it a good material for renovations. It can be sprayed on to cover and upgrade existing surfaces. Furthermore it is long lasting, low maintenance, excludes weeds, and looks stylish.
For that softer, more organic feel, bark can be used anywhere you would use gravel or stones. Its usually dark colour makes a nice contrast to pale stonework. As it ages to a lighter colour in dry sites, the feel mellows. In contrast when used to mulch gardening soil it can darken. Bark is also a very lightweight material to move if you decide to re-purpose an area sometime.
We can instal hard-wearing, low-maintenance artificial grass for you. And can work it in with your landscape fittings and features for maximum effect. It even comes in different shades of green. Artificial grass also comes in different textures and types from cricket pitch smooth to lushly shaggy.
You probably already recognize railway sleepers as one of the icons of Australian landscape design. Railway sleepers add a nice rustic touch in an area of straight lines and smooth surfaces.
They can be used for:
- path borders
- 'stepping stone' paths across areas of turf, pebbles, gravel, stones or bark
- as decorative uprights or partitions to add interest to the garden
BAMBOO & BRUSH
These landscape materials are great for the soft organic contrast to stone, machined timber and metal. They are ideal for light partitions to divide up space. You'll appreciate how they produce privacy. Furthermore they make attractive backdrops for gardens and water features.
You will sometimes see this Australian stalwart material used creatively to enhance the appearance of properties. Yes, it can be a design feature! It is especially attractive when framed by elegant timberwork. It's also good for those spaces that need to be private, with a strong enclosure.
We include Colorbond fencing in landscape materials. It can be used for short, decorative stretches not just main fencing. See our Fencing site for more details.
You might not immediately think of glass in the context of landscaping. But wherever you would like a sense of boundary without blocking light or view, consider glass. It can:
- provide protection for plants while not reducing light
- act as a windbreak without the sense of enclosure
- surround pools and spas instead of timber or metal
- For more information about glass go to our Fencing site Fencing site.
BRICKS, BLOCKS AND PAVERS
Bricks, blocks and pavers are not just limited to conventional walls, steps or paving. You can use them for walls and ornamental features. Examples are raised beds for gardens, pond or pool surrounds. Also use them in solid partitions for special areas. Bricks, blocks and pavers come in a truly enormous range of materials. Below are just a few. Ask us if what you want is not listed.
Sydney residents and visitors will be well aware of this stunningly beautiful material. It comes in many colours and shades. It is obtainable in one colour or streaked and shaded with warm, subtle tones. Sandstone can be polished smooth or left naturally uneven. Or cut into smooth, exact bricks or tiles all of one shape for the formal look. Otherwise it can be made in many shapes mixed for artistic interest. Rough-hewn it's great for a natural looking feature wall, stairway, path, stepping stones or garden seat. And looks magnificent with water features, bridges, cactus and succulent gardens. Don't forget your entertainment areas. In fact, use sandstone anywhere you'd like to re-create the look of the cliffs along the Northern Beaches, East Sydney and the Inner West.
Marble can be used for paving, tiles and ornamental features like waterfalls and garden seats. It comes in colours as natural and subtle as slate. However it also comes in striking patterns.
Examples of patterns are:
- Black and white lightning-striped
- Classic white with wandering fine black or grey lines
- Streaky like summer clouds
- Rich earth reds with white lacework
- Plain silvery white
As you can see, the patterns in slate are very variable. It is hard and glossy, giving a polished silken surface. Marble also comes as pebbles or gravel of many different sizes, shapes and colours for paths and filling in.
Limestone is a beautiful natural stone in a wide range of colours. In addition to basic white it comes in red, brown, yellow, grey, black or blue. This expands your options for co-ordinating with other features of your landscape. It is strong, heavy and durable, suitable for paving and even retaining walls. It can be custom cut to size and shape because of its hardness. You can have anti-slip floor sealers applied for extra safety around wet areas. Try dressing up drab walls with cladding of limestone. Even your gravel can be limestone for covering ground areas.
Tiles for paving walls, paths, driveways and other features are as diverse as you can imagine! They can be made from many landscape materials. For example ceramic, glass, porcelain, clay, concrete, masonry, terracotta, brick, cobblestone, natural stone, and even timber. (See Bricks & Blocks above for more about the materials that can be used for tiles). Tiles can be joined flush next to each other for a formal look. Or they can be interwoven with grass, turf, gravel or pebbles for an artistic touch. Furthermore they can be arranged in mosaic designs for that extra special floor or wall.
For more information on Landscaping By Freddy's tiling options, visit our Tiling site
GRAVEL, PEBBLES & RIVER STONES
All these stone landscape materials come in many types, sizes and colours. Smooth round stones are more decorative. Crushed gravels are best for driving on. Use small pebbles for walking on. You can choose depending on your planned use in landscaping:
- to assist with drainage
- to fill spaces, eg between pavers or steps
- for paths - use the smaller sizes to ensure comfort for pedestrians
- path borders - any size is fine. Choose to match your other materials.
- for attractive ground in special areas such as zen gardens, potted plant displays, around statuary, etc
- driveways - use smooth stones or gravel only on level driveways to avoid wheels slipping.
Turf makes a soothing green contrast to the stone, metal and timber aspects of landscaped areas. You can use it:
- in the areas between paths and accessways
- between large pavers or railway sleepers for that alternate look
- as a foreground that highlights garden beds
- to give a sense of space and openness to your property
- for improving airflow around the house in humid weather
- as a low maintenance solution while still having a green environment
For information about our Turfing services, check out our Turfing site
Timber tops the list for versatility.
Not only is timber and timber slat great for fences, walls and screens, but can also be used ornamentally in the garden. Timber is great for:
- decks and stages
- gazebos and pergolas
- decorative letterbox surrounds
- spa or pool surrounds
- partitions To look up timber fencing, visit our Fencing site.
METAL LATTICEWORK AND METAL SLAT
Try employing metal slat or latticework as landscape materials. They provide the extreme durability and strength of metal. Also the open structures are attractive with a less imposing feel than solid barriers. Use lattice and slat for:
- tops of fences
- privacy screens
- decorative backdrops and borders
- dividing off the less attractive but hard-wearing utility areas. Examples are rubbish bins, pool pumps etc. For more information about lattice see our Fencing site. Also for slats see our Fencing site.