While limestone is often put to use as a material to clad the exterior of homes, it can also be used outside to transform outdoor spaces. Limestone – including limestone for retaining walls – has long be revered by landscape designers for its timeless elegance and durability.

The versatility of limestone blocks

As we often say here at Bruhn Limestone, the sedimentary rock is remarkably versatile.

Yes, you will find it used as an external cladding for buildings, as well as inside homes in features walls, flooring and more. But limestone is also widely used in landscaping.

Here are some of the ways in which limestone blocks can be used to elevate any outdoor setting:

1. Retaining walls are one of limestone’s most useful uses in landscaping. Not only does a limestone retaining wall look great, but it also serves an important purpose in any garden. Retaining walls can prevent soil erosion, reduce water runoff and create flat areas on sloping ground. The natural texture and earthy colours of limestone blocks when used in retaining walls blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

2. Like retaining walls, garden edging provides a practical purpose in any garden.
Whether it’s a house block or a botanical garden. Limestone blocks can be used as garden edging to define flower beds, pathways or the borders of various garden elements. Their clean lines and uniform appearance create a polished look in any garden design.

3. Limestone blocks can be laid to create stylish and durable seating options within a landscape. Whether as standalone benches or integrated into retaining walls, garden borders or other outdoor elements, limestone provides both form and function.

4. Limestone blocks can be used as pavers for walkways and patios. They can even be used in driveways. Their natural non-slip surface is not only functional but also adds a touch of sophistication.

5. Limestone is an ideal material for water features, such as fountains or cascading water walls. Its ability to weather gracefully over time adds character to these elements. Limestone is formed by water so by using it as a water feature you’re returning it to an environment it knows well!

6. Limestone is very malleable and can be carved or sculpted into unique art pieces or sculptures that serve as focal points within a landscape. Their durability ensures that these artistic creations will stand the test of time.

Designing with limestone blocks – things to consider

Whether it’s for retaining walls or a water feature, when incorporating limestone blocks into a landscaping design, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. These include:

  • Limestone blocks are available in various natural shades, from light creams to rich biscuit colours. Choose a colour that complements your overall landscape design and the surrounding environment.
  • Limestone blocks come in a range of textures, from a rough face finish to smooth.
    The texture you select should align with the desired aesthetic of your landscape.
  • For items like retaining walls and garden edging, consider adding a capping to add interest. Bruhn Limestone’s retaining wall blocks can be complemented with a bullnose capping that’s perfect for a classical finish.
  • Limestone is an extremely durable material, but it does require some maintenance.
    Bruhn Limestone recommends washing and sealing after laying to prevent surface streaking and allow the stone to age naturally.
  • For complex projects like retaining walls or water features, it’s advisable to work with experienced landscapers or stonemasons who have expertise in working with limestone blocks.
  • For complex projects like retaining walls or water features, it’s advisable to work with experienced landscapers or stonemasons who have expertise in working with limestone blocks.

Want to know more about how limestone can be used in your outdoor space?

Call Bruhn Limestone on (08) 8721 8000 or contact us today.