As a product of nature, flagstone is a unique material that comes in millions of different shapes, sizes and shades. This great diversity makes it the perfect material to use in your garden, if you want to design a unique space.
Flagstone is versatile in its use, which means you have full creativity to create numerous stunning projects with it. In addition to looking beautiful in your garden, flagstone paving is extremely durable so it can withstand different weather conditions.
If you’re wondering how to use flagstone in landscaping, you’ve come to the correct place. To give your creativity a nudge in the right direction, we have compiled our favourite ideas of using flagstone paving in the garden.
Design a Unique Patio
Flagstone paving is the ultimate choice if you want to achieve a uniquely looking garden patio. You can choose stones with straighter, geometric shapes for a more contemporary look, or go with miscellaneous shapes to give your patio a rustic cottage look.
Due to their robust nature flagstones are ideal for high-traffic outdoor areas. Their rough texture also makes them slip-resistant to prevent accidents when it’s rainy or snowy.
With some matching patio furniture and perhaps a marquee to provide cover in any weather, your flagstone patio will become the star of the show in your garden.
Create an Enchanting Walkway
If you want to turn your garden into an enchanted fairytale forest, then flagstone is a material you should definitely consider using. With flagstone the only limit when it comes to creating pathways is your own imagination.
To get the charming forest look, choose irregularly shaped flagstones in different earthy tones and use interspersing grass or creeping thyme to add a magical look to your path. If you’re concerned about the walkways being safe for your children or elderly relatives that visit your garden, you can opt for garden flagstone pavers instead. This type of flagstone will help you create a smoother path.
Just like flagstone patios, flagstone paved paths are naturally resistant to slips due to the texture of the stones so you shouldn’t have to worry about your walkways getting slick in the rain.
Make a Statement with Flagstone Stepping Stones
If you’re looking for a slightly different feel in your garden, you can use flagstones to design a centrepiece stepping stone garden path. To create a stepping stone path, lay down your flagstones in your desired pattern, leaving a few inches gap. Once your path is shaped the way you want it to be, you can go ahead and fill the gaps using gravel, mulch, moss or ground cover plants to stop weeds from growing in the space between your stones.
Since you’re using less stones to cover the same area, installing a stepping stone path instead of a walkway can save you money on materials. Besides being cheaper, flagstone stepping stones can also give your garden a whimsical look.
Use Flagstone in Hard Landscaping
Flagstone can be used in numerous hard landscaping projects to add character to your outdoor space. You can create stunning terraced beds by stacking flagstones to make a low retaining wall.
You can stack flagstones on their own, but if you want to create a sturdy construction you should definitely use mortar between the layers of stone.
Define Borders in Your Garden
Another fantastic project you can achieve using flagstone in your garden is creating edging for your flowerbeds. To do this all you need to do is place your flagstones vertically into the ground, framing the area you want to corner off.
This is a great way to split your garden into different zones or simply create a border around flower beds in order to keep grass out. SInce garden flagstones are available in so many various shades you can find the perfect one to match your plants.
Add a Finishing Touch to Your Water Feature
Garden flagstones are heavy enough to weigh down pond liners which makes them amazing for creating borders for water features in your garden. Certain types of flagstone have permeable properties, so they’ll absorb overflowing water from your fountain or pond instead of causing runoff.
As with other flagstone projects you have complete creative freedom over the design. For a contemporary look you can choose smooth flagstone pavers, or if you want to create a rustic feel you can go with oddly shaped stones.
Upgrade Your Pool Deck
Due to the anti-slip properties of flagstones, they are ideal for paving the area around a swimming pool or hot tub. Certain flagstones like sandstone don’t absorb heat, so they won’t hurt your feet after being exposed to the summer sun.
Create a Cosy Conversation Pit
Flagstone paving can be a fantastic material to use for building a conversation corner with a fire pit in your garden and create a welcoming, rustic atmosphere. If you want a seamless look between your patio and fire pit area, you can use flagstones in similar colour schemes. ALternatively you can use contrasting colours to define the separate areas in your garden.