Grow: Primers & Projects
Michael Weishan visited The Stoneyard in Littelton, Massachusetts, where stonemason Michael DelSesto showed him six stone pavers that are nice alternatives to brick and concrete for walkways, patios, and other hard surfaces in your garden.
South Bay Quartzite
Quartzite is a textured sandstone, a sedimentary rock typically formed from quartz sand. The paver has a warm tan color, creating a more natural look for your landscape.
Bluestone is a sandstone quarried exclusively in New York and Pennsylvania since the early 1900s. As its name suggests, it usually has a blue-gray color, but this can vary — bands of green, rust, yellow and purple can appear — according to its depth in the quarry. As well as small pavers, bluestone is also available in larger sizes more suitable for larger areas where smaller pieces can make the space appear busy.
Thermal bluestone undergoes a thermal process, which creates a very flat surface with uniform coloring. This makes it a popular choice for more formal areas. A variation of this stone is lilac in color and comes out of the quarry with natural rivets and a more varied surface.
The round shape of creekstone makes it an excellent choice for informal walkways within the garden. The crevices created by its rounded-off edges are great places to plant thyme or other ground-cover plants as added decoration. But avoid creating a patio, a formal walkway, or other high-traffic area from creekstone because these same crevices are places where heels can get caught.
Cobblestones can be made from almost any stone; these particular examples are granite. Most are rectangular or square in shape in varying sizes. Cobblestones also come in many different colors, a grayish tone being the most common.
Dimensioned Cut Stone
Dimensioned cut stone has a rough, sand-paper-like texture. The stone undergoes a thermal process to create a texture unlike the polished smooth surface of a countertop. Instead, the stone has a roughness that allows you to walk on them without slipping when they get wet.
For more information on resources used on the show, visit our Resource Directory
This segment appears in show #2811.