Cobblestones for mulching
In this case the stones will not only have decorative purposes. Mulching is an indispensable practice to guarantee the health of plants: it helps us to reduce the evaporation of water, keeping the substrate moist. It is also important to lower the temperature and effectively prevents the growth of pests, so annoying to remove. For this purpose we can use pebbles of uniform or different sizes, but to ensure its effectiveness we must create a layer at least three centimeters thick.
From an aesthetic point of view, there are many possibilities. We can choose chromatic mixtures or monochromatic pebbles. In a modern setting the ideal is to create a contrast between the colour of the vase and that of the mulch, thus enhancing the essentiality of the compositions (especially if combined with plants with an architectural shape).
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Let’s color them!
With pebbles (especially the larger ones) we can unleash our imagination. Painting stones is an activity we can do on our own, but it is also great for entertaining children. On the web you can find many ideas: it is very nice to include oval stones painted with cacti among our real succulent.
Gluing different ones (with hot glue or specific cement) you get very nice and colorful animals: ladybirds, butterflies, snails, fish … we can rest them directly on the surface of the pot or glue them on wood to keep them vertical. We opt for a water-based enamel (or solvent, if we expose them to the elements) choosing between satin and glossy finishes: the effect will be truly amazing. A good idea is also to write on them with a marker pen, making them useful and decorative plant marks.
Coating the vases with pebbles will give us great satisfaction: we can obtain objects with a modern or rustic look, adapting them to the final setting. There are many variations, but the best results are obtained with river stones, wide and flat, because they guarantee a better adherence to the support. The process is simple: we stick the individual elements to the pot, using tile adhesive or silicone, trying to achieve a pleasant effect.
Before proceeding with the grouting, let’s wait at least one night, so that the glue is well set. We pass the grout (there are many colour variations!) over the entire surface and wait a few hours for it to become a little more solid. At this point we pass a sponge with circular movements eliminating the layer on top of the stones. Finally, you can polish it with special discs and the hose.
Of course, it is possible to combine stones of different colors and sizes, but we unleash our imagination by mixing them with pieces of glass, tiles, plates or shells!
Transparent vases and pebbles
Transparent vases blend beautifully with pebbles, especially in contemporary settings.
Inside we can opt for glass or crystal containers while outside it is safer to choose those in plastic. we insert the plant with its substrate in the center, enclosed in a jar, and fill the remaining space in different ways. It is elegant to use small monochromatic stones (especially white, black or dark red). In particular contexts we can also paint them in particular shades with enamels or sprays: of great impact for example silver, gold or copper, especially in the evening with soft light.
It is equally interesting to combine stones and gravel with other materials to create well-defined layers of different colours: soil of various kinds, perlite, pozzolana, vermiculite, lapillus, conifer bark, glass beads and even sand in different shades. For these compositions we recommend vegetables with an essential shape such as succulents or some houseplants (the splendid Sansevierie).
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