Outdoor spaces that you can use as an escape from the everyday stresses are even better when they blend into their natural environment. Just imagine a rustic patio getaway that is like a nature retreat into your outdoor space. Patios made from large slabs of concrete or interlocking pavers that are obvious man-made surfaces are not as calming as an outdoor oasis.
Yes, you can certainly landscape around these types of patios and blend them into the outdoor space but have you ever thought of using a material that is part of nature to begin with?
Flagstone is a stone made from nature itself! A sedimentary rock it is made by the accumulation of sands, pebbles and pieces of crushed rock that fuse together over time, lots of time. A natural substance like this is very strong and able to withstand any climate. The stone comes in many natural colours and combinations of colour as it is a composite of so many different elements.
If you are looking for a rustic feel to your outdoor space there is nothing better than flagstone to create that look. Since flagstone is a natural rock formed by mother nature and it is as beautiful as it is durable. It also has a naturally slip resistant surface which makes it perfect for use as a patio or walkway. Flagstone comes in may shapes and sizes and it will be a little more difficult to transport but it is well worth the effort. You can design your own area based on the shapes that choose. Every installation will be as unique as it’s owner!
Flagstone can be set in a concrete base but for a very natural look, you can’t beat flagstone laid in a sand base. Laying the stones in sand is an easy do-it-yourself project. The crevices between the stones can be allowed to naturally grow up with greenery or you can plant some low-lying creepers in and around the gaps in the stones. Plants such as Corsica or Magic Carpet Thyme will withstand the foot traffic and provide a lovely complement to your patio or walkway. This type of natural patio is easy to maintain. Flagstone installed in this fashion will achieve a rustic cottage style that blends beautifully with its surroundings.
Flagstone is very durable, low maintenance and it creates a rustic natural feel to the outdoor space. If it’s installed properly it can last a lifetime!