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The Flagstone Times, Issue #001 Flagstone Tips to Save Money and Plant Ideas!
May 01, 2005
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1. Nina’s Nook and Novelties
2. Claire’s Corner
3. Flagstone Sales
I’m thrilled to be writing this column and will be your eyes and ears to unique and novel uses of flagstone. I’m what you might call a “home and garden junkie,” addicted to Home and Garden Television and a monthly subscriber to too many “style” magazines to count. I clip articles every month and have a little wooden box filled to the brim with ideas that I couldn’t possibly ever complete myself and, if I did, my house would be an ineffective “eclectic conglomerate” or mess. So, I can’t wait to clean out this wooden box and share a few ideas with you.
First of all, please see page 74 in May’s Martha Stewart Living. There is a wonderful picture of irregular flagstone stepping stones laid flat and used as a border for a long, rectangular grass garden. It’s an informal look and a unique solution for separating plants from grass. The stones aren’t used as a path but simply a lovely border adding color and texture to the garden.
A similar use of irregular flagstone stepping stones that I’ve seen “popping up,” is to set flagstone pieces upright on their sides as a border between planting areas and grass or gravel. As a result, the pieces are more like a wall of stone pieces. I’ve seen many gardens this spring utilizing this style. It’s an interesting look, more modern in nature, but it also adds an organic feel to a planting area.
But, before I go, I have to share one more thing. When shopping for garden ornaments to accent your flagstone, don’t buy them from your local garden stores or other local chains. Check out local stone and concrete statuaries instead. The variety at these statuaries is immense, and the prices are often half of what you’d pay at garden stores. Bird baths, fountains, benches, tables, wall art and statues can be found in all shapes and sizes. So, check out your local yellow pages for the nearest stone statuary.
Best of luck to all, and don’t forget, “form follows function,” and there isn’t a better form than flagstone.
Claire Davis has been a landscape architect for twenty-five years and will contribute tips and advice each month
In the 80s, when I first started my business, I planned in a lot of wooden decks, because the costs were so much cheaper. Today, I rarely do wooden decks and suggest to all of my clients to consider brick or stone.
A flagstone deck costs about 10% more, but the long-term duration is so much better. It weathers so well, cracks and scrapes actually enhance the beauty, and tree sap makes it look natural.
If you’re just starting your yard, put in hard edges first (brick or stone), and have your plants and garden work its way slowly around the stone or brick.
Another tip is an elevated planter. You need a fair amount of room, but they look so great. To really set it off, put in a flagstone sculpture!
Save over $200 a ton on Colorado Buff Steppers!
Right now one ton is $175. They’re great for flagstone patios, walkways, and retaining walls about 18” high.
Also on sale are Colorado Buff and Red Drywall. Flagstone drywall is what you use for retaining walls. The walls can go about 30" high.
Stone can be delivered all over the United States. For more details call Mike Lockwood at Camp Stone 303-429-3357!
Spring is here and we hope you have a great time in the garden and planning any of your landscape ideas.
See you next month!
The Flagstone Experts
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