Sydney is built on stone and the local stone is sandstone and this is why it is commonly used in many of our gardens. It offers texture and softness to your garden and can be used in a contemporary or traditional styled garden.
Sandstone is a great long-lasting and versatile choice for walling. The most popular way to use stone is in retaining walls. Stone retaining walls or freestanding walls are often a feature in their own right and add warmth and detail to a garden.
Sandstone can be either laid in a regular pattern with more traditional mortar joints or in a free form roughly square nature. A Landscape Architect or garden designer will work out which look may suit your garden better in conjunction with the style of your house and your own garden design ideas.
Sandstone paving is used regularly in Australian gardens and can be laid in various patterns – square, rectangular or in a very organic way as flagging or crazy paving.
Being a natural stone it is a very porous material though, so even with sealing, be aware stains may show with time – if you want a product that is low maintenance and looks like it does the day its installed best to go for a manmade vitrified tile. Todays vitrified tiles are often made to look like natural stone. Sandstone is also a great material to use for outdoor garden steps, borders or edging.
Swimming Pools areas can also incorporate sandstone. Often sandstone is used to clad a feature wall around the pool. This can add a more natural soft look especially if you have a contemporary style house / architecture incorporating lots of masonry rendered surfaces.
Sydney Sandstone can also be used to clad walls and build features in the garden. Used to create raised garden beds or a natural capping to a masonry wall, sandstone can bring an extra dimension to the garden design. Your outdoor built-in BBQ can be cladded in sandstone, or have a sandstone feature wall behind. It can also be used to build front boundary fences and letterboxes.
Whatever your garden style, sandstone is a wonderful addition to any garden big or small.