I am about to give my front garden a "make-over" and I intend to have
low maintenance area with a white gravel and a few interesting plants.
I have seen white dolomite available, and it would give the effect I a
looking for, but would it affect the pH of the ground and cause
problem getting suitable plants?
Are there any other white aggregates I could use that are more inert?
I can't address the pH question, but I have some questions for you. What
will you be planting in this white area? And, have you seen any natural
settings where the ground was white? If yes, do you recall what was growing
I have some semperviviums, a couple of grasses, and a couple of tal
purple things I can't remember the name of. I may also plant an Ace
there that is suffering from a bit of scorch in the back garden. (
think it will prefer the front).
The only things I can think of in a naturally white setting are sno
drops, although I am sure there are alpine settings which must hav
largely white ground.
Thanks for all the replies. I have had a look around and I am no
thinking that I might get some "cotswold buff". It is off-white and
think will fit in with the rest of the stone, concrete, etc better.
(Not to mention being significantly cheaper!)
Glad to hear that you're moving away from the idea of using white. Much of
the time, it looks tacky, ruins the entire yard, and sometimes everything as
far as the horizon, even if it doesn't belong to you.
bit of acidic rain to leech. Marble is even more inert.Granite &
Quartzite (white metamorphic sandstone) are as inert as they go.
That being said, I have a marble chip pathway through a native woodland
plant garden & I am always picking voluteers from among the pebbles.
I use garden lime, (ground dolomite limestone.) in my pond and it
dissolves until the pH of the water reaches 7.8. Might work good to
plant some hydrangea if that area is part shade and if you like pink.
I never check the pH of my soil, but most of my hydrangea are blue
unless I toss a cup of garden lime on one during the winter, then it
I would strongly recommend that you use whatever gravel./broken stone
occurs naturally nearest you. (it will also be the cheapest) . Imported
gravels (and stone and rocks) never look quite right outside their
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