Landscaping With Shale Rock And Glass Gems ~ Along the west side of the house we have a 23 ft x 5 ft (762 cm x 152 cm) strip that runs along the sidewalk to the side entrance of the house and the neighbour’s fence.
When we moved into the this home this area was not landscaped and it was a wonderful haven for soil to turn to mud on rainy days and all kinds of weeds to grow. It definitely needed to be landscaped. But how was the question?
I am finding that landscaping is about working with things that will grow in the garden like trees, shrubs and flowers but it is also adding elements and accents of things that do not grow like brick, stones and fun garden accessories including sculptures and container gardens in pretty pots. Gardens can be very creative and artistic using living and non-living things.
I have been collecting loads of gardening ideas and have several Pinterest boards related to gardening that you may want to check out here!
Previously, my talented and smart hubby came up with a great solution for our weedy, muddy part of the yard. A couple of summers ago he levelled the area, lay a few layers of landscape fabric over top and covered it with black shale rock. He even created a border with some interlocking pavers. It looked so much cleaner and became a very low maintenance landscaped area.
But it was a bit plain looking so I came up with an idea!
Landscaping With Shale Rock And Glass Gems…
This idea that I am sharing with you did not come from Pinterest. Another gardener actually inspired me. Last year I went on a garden tour and visited a garden where different types of rocks were part of the landscaping. This gardener loves tulips so if you can imagine, he created a design of one large tulip using several types of rocks in his front yard. In one section of the tulip he had placed different colours of beach glass and it looked amazing.
Where I live, far away from the ocean beach glass is quite expensive so I decided to use something I already had a lot of and that was a large collection of blue, turquoise and white glass gems. You might be asking why I had so many of these gems. They make great math counters in the classroom for al kinds of math learning activities and my students loved to work with them. I decided to keep them when I retired because I just had a notion that they would come in handy for something around the house.
I did have that ‘aha’ moment! I thought wouldn’t it be neat to create a ‘river’ of glass gems cascading through the middle of the black shale rock? So I began by just sprinkling a small section of the area and leaving it for a couple of weeks to see how it would look and how it would be affected by the wind and rain. The weather wasn’t been a problem but I have to share with you that my husband didn’t get what concept I was trying to achieve. He thought it looked like I had just spilled something over the rock. Oh well.
I decided to finish off the ’river’ and I have to admit I love the look. It adds a really nice splash of colour in otherwise a very plain area of the yard and it is still pretty low maintenance. I also don’t foresee any problem when the snow comes because the area will remain untouched and covered with snow during winter. I had a friend over for dinner the other day that is also an avid gardener and she got the concept right away. My husband still isn’t crazy about the idea but will live with it.
Here are some close up photographs to give you an idea of what landscaping with shale rock and glass gems look like in our yard.
Here are some other ideas to add a decorative touch to your garden too …
What neat ideas have you added to you garden?
Enjoy these final weeks of summer and thank you so much for stopping by!
This post was featured in the following article on Huffington Post: Would You Rather See White, Gold Or Black And Blue?
I think the ‘Black And Blue’ portion of the article refers to my Landscaping With Black Shale And Blue Gems gardening landscaping idea! Visualize me being totally honoured and filled with pride.