Choosing the right stones for your pond

When planning a pond you need to consider your garden size and the style and shape of the pond which would blend in. One of the key elements which can make a big difference to how your pond looks is the rock and stone which you choose for decoration.
Using any old stone won’t help you to create an attractive look for your pond, so you need to think carefully about the rock, stone and gravel which you end up selecting, otherwise, it could ruin the whole effect of the water feature.

Here are few elements to think about when selecting the right stones for your pond:

Blending in with the surroundings

You want your pond to look as though it is a natural part of the garden to look at any existing rocky or stony areas you have, such as a rock garden, or gravel pathway and take the colour and texture of the existing stones into account. 

In nature, rock tends to be the same in a particular area, so if you want your pond to look like a natural feature of your whole garden, the rock you choose to decorate it with should match the rest of the garden. 

For example, you should keep all the stones in the same shade or colour variation for a really natural feel. Of course, it might be that you want to make your pond look striking and out of place rather than fitting in as a natural part of the garden – the style is entirely up to you. 

Think about the proportions 

If you want to create a natural look then choose rocks and slabs of different sizes to work best, but make sure they are in scale with the overall size of your garden. If you have a tiny garden don’t put huge boulders around your pond. 

If you want to create a more structured and artificial look then use cut slabs and pieces of rock which all fit together, which creates a more designed, architectural feel to the pond.
However, try to avoid just using lots of bits of rubble – try for larger pieces than this – otherwise, it could end up looking like you just tipped a wheelbarrow of odds and ends around the pond. 

Think about the rock texture

When you are choosing rocks and stones, think about where they are going to go as this will affect the shape and texture which you go for. For example, you don’t want incredibly smooth rocks for the edging of the pond as they could become very slippery if they get wet.

Equally, you don’t want to use rough rocks which could damage the pond liner if they are to be used in the pond or are in a position where they could fall in. If you want to make sure you have a strong pond liner, try this site

If you are using stones for water features or fountains then smooth pebble type stones are best and if you are filling the bottom of a pool then use gravel.

Buying your rocks and stones

You should always look for suppliers of rocks and stones which are aimed specifically for pond use to avoid the risk that anything harmful could hurt your fish and plants. Try using a garden centre or pond supply specialist to source them from.
Choosing the type of rock and stone

You need to be careful which type of rocks or stones you go for as some can have an impact on the water and so the fish and plants. Limestone, concrete and reconstituted stone can all have a negative effect on the water, including altering its pH, so these should all be avoided.

Good choices are sandstone, slate and granite, and if you have any doubt about which rocks to use, you should always seek help and advice from a pond specialist or garden centre specialist store. 

Washing your rocks and stones

It’s always a good idea to wash your rocks and stones before you use them, to make sure they are not contaminated with any nasty chemicals, particularly if you are going to put them in or very near to the water’s edge.

When selecting stones and rocks for your pond, if you follow the six steps above you can’t really go wrong. Think about the look you are trying to achieve, whether it’s to help your pond blend into the garden, or you want a dramatic architectural feel, you can do this by selecting the most appropriate rocks and stones.

use the right types of stone material and select the right ones for each purpose and your pond will become a delightful and restful outside area which all the family will enjoy and love to sit by, to make the most of the tranquillity.