Decorative Garden Stepping Stones

Decorative garden stones are placed on gravel, dirt, lawns, and other areas to provide a bit of whimsy or elegance. Whether you choose natural stone, rock, garden stones, or concrete, the great number of choices available could inspire a whole new garden.

How much spacing is needed between stepping stones?

Stones vary in size. When it comes time to lay them, garden professionals recommend spacing stones between 18 and 24 inches from the center of one stone to the center of another.

How durable are stepping stones?

Stepping stones' durability depends upon the material from which they are made. Stone placement, level of use, and climate are other factors. Here are some different materials and their durability.

  • Pavers: Stone pavers are long-lasting and durable. They complement most landscapes and gardens. They are manufactured to withstand heavy traffic and have non-slip surfaces.
  • Rubber: Rugged rubber is strong and durable. Rubber is cut into natural stone shapes, geometric shapes or stamped with patterns.
  • Tile: Decorative tile is best suited for low-traffic areas, as tile becomes slippery when wet. Low-weight tiles might shift. Tile withstands rain and sun without damage.
  • Brick: When placed in clustered designs along a walkway, bricks and other garden stones are very durable and long-lasting.
  • Flagstone: Flagstone garden stones are suited for low-traffic areas. Flagstone is a sedimentary stone that wears down in layers.
  • Rock: Rock slabs and pieces of rock are known for their durability. They provide a rugged, natural look.
  • Garden Stone: Smooth garden stones are often engraved with quotations or artwork. They are very durable and are found near specimen plants or special areas in the garden.
  • Concrete: One of the more popular stone-like materials, concrete is long-lasting. Concrete can be stained, dyed, or set in molds, which adds to its decorative capabilities.

Are stepping stones placed in gardens?

Garden stones are used in all types of ornamental and vegetable gardens because they prevent soil compaction and improve a plant's root growth. Whether placing stones in a garden, along a preexisting walkway, or on gravel, here are a few basic tips to remember:

  • Position: Stepping stones perform their job best when they are level with the surrounding surface. You may have to dig to make the stone level with the ground. Sand is used to level dips and drops.
  • Design: Winding garden paths provide a charming touch, while a straight walkway might be necessary from a patio to a swimming pool. Design the pathway and decide on a stone style that complements your garden or landscape.

What stepping stones should you use in a vegetable garden?

Choose non-toxic materials for your vegetable garden to keep edible plants free from chemicals. Stone is a good material for vegetable gardens.