The Garden Guide

Garden Design Materials

Landscape and Garden Product Directory

Reviews of materials used in garden construction and products

Knowledge of materials, and a feeling for their innate qualities, it absolutely essential in garden design. This fact has been less recognized in the west than in the east, where Feng Shui has led to a keen interest in the balance of materials. Reading is useful. But the best way to learn about materials is to work with them. Poetry should be learned 'by heart'; materials should be learned 'by hand'. The qualities of metals and woods are discussed in the section on furniture. The following notes are about hard materials for landscape and garden design. There is, of course, great pleasure to be had from high quality materials - and to be lost by using poor materials

Green glass

Red granite

Yellow marble