Monday , July 6 2020

15 Creative applications for bricks in landscape and garden design

If you have bricks left over from a construction project, these 15 ideas are sure to inspire you to use them in your landscape.

These durable and attractive building materials withstand extreme weather conditions and give an outdoor living space a timeless style. Read on to learn how to incorporate stones into your garden design scheme!

1st garden staircase

If your property drops, you may find that pedestrian traffic has made its way through your lawn to the bare earth. Why not connect two elevations with stairs?

A paved garden staircase winds up between the plants on both sides. Horizontal picture.

Safer and more attractive than a steep slope or a slope on the ground, this place that has become an eyesore can be a main attraction, especially if it is flanked by attractive plantings.

2nd bed edge

Lawnmowers and weed killers can devastate the leaves on their cutting path. Solve the problem with a brick edge.

Place them end to end on the ground or dig a trough and lay them sideways in the ground for extra stability.

Horizontal image of a brick border between a cement sidewalk and a mulched garden bed planted with green foliage.

The edge also prevents soil and mulch from getting out of bed.

3. Retaining wall

If you have a sloping garden, make up for it with a retaining wall made of stacked bricks.

A loose retaining wall made of clay blocks without mortar, in which herbs and potted plants grow, with several terracotta pots and two secateurs above.

Line the wall with landscaping and fill with enough soil to balance the garden. Goodbye erosion!

4th way

If the path to your door is a worn furrow through the lawn, it’s time to improve the curb with a well-thought-out brick path.

Horizontal image of a wet brick path in the garden, between two areas planted with hostas and other greenery.

And between raised bedsInstalling a path means no more weeding or Shoes moistened by morning dew.

Horizontal image of a path with converging lines that meet almost at the top of the frame, with raised garden beds on both sides.

Be sure to read our article “Update your landscape: Get creative with garden paths and walkways, ”For installation details.

5. Insect hotel

Core bricks, the type with holes in them, are an excellent material for making structures too attract useful insects to your garden.

Here it is artfully arranged with layers of wood and tubular bamboo stems. A packaging made of chicken wire holds everything together.

Horizontal close-up of a beetle hotel made with hollow branches, cement blocks, slate or stone slabs, and cored clay blocks with hollowed-out areas that are held securely with chicken wire.

Place it near nectar-rich plants (link to future Gardening by Design release). Soon you will have nesting spiders, bees, beetles and more to pollinate your flowers.

6. Mailbox Surround

A little creativity and a little brick and mortar can do a lot.

A brick and mortar mailbox cover built around a white metal box with a house number on the front and installed on a green lawn next to a cement pavement.

Here, an ordinary metal mailbox becomes a stylish entry point when it is firmly wrapped in decorative bricks. And the environment ensures that it lasts for years.

7. Flooring

The garden is a nice place to sit and relax, especially with a firm floor so that the legs of the garden chair do not sink into the ground.

A metal bench on a paved lawn with green shrubbery in the background.

Arrange stones according to the pattern of your choice to form a small pillow under a chair, or create a complete outdoor space with garden benches and other lawn-friendly furniture.

Put your arrangement in the shade in the summer for cool stones under your bare feet or on the cool day for a degree or two of extra warmth in the sun.

8. Base

A plinth can be used multiple times in the garden, especially if it is robust and weatherproof.

During the golden hour there is a bird bath in the middle of a sunny rose garden.

It makes a solid, non-tiltable base for a plate-type bird bath that can serve as well filled with bird feed.

A brick-based sundial in a pebbled garden area.

It also supports a heavy, weatherproof, high-style sundial. And when you use a pedestal to display an ornate flowerpot, it becomes a major attraction.

9. Moss garden

If you have always wanted to create a moss garden, now is your chance!

Horizontal sloping image of moss covering the pavers below.
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

These common building materials are also the perfect host for growing a lush emerald rug that can keep up with the Irish hills. Live hypnum leaf moss is a good place to start. Check your local nursery for this.

Moss Acres sun-tolerant moss milkshake, available at Amazon

Then start your moss with buttermilk or beer! You can either use that Moss Milkshake, available from Moss Acresor make your own buttermilk slurry according to the instructions from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension by mixing two parts of moss, two parts of water and one part of buttermilk.

Close-up of a strip of moss growing between two aged and lichen-covered bricks.
Photo by Allison Sidhu.

Choose a shady place, organize bricks according to the pattern of your choice, and watch the tiny plants come to life. You will soon get a living green sculpture from a jumble of discarded clay blocks.

10. Succulent plant support

An arrangement of bricks with some earth in between is just right for growing succulents like this Echeveria. Old stones with many color and structure variations are particularly pretty.

Choose a sunny place where you can lay them flat, build a wall, or create a decorative mess. Put potting soil in the cracks and plant succulents.

Horizontal close-up picture of succulents growing in cracks between moss-covered bricks.

As soon as they take root, they cling to the surface quite happily and form a unique desert landscape.

11. Compost bin

You may want to use these leftover stones to make a compost bin.

Horizontal picture of building bricks stacked to make a compost bin loosely arranged without mortar to hold them in place in a garden with a concrete path on a sunny day.

Bricks retain heat, so build them in a shady place to avoid overheating the composting materials. Also make sure it’s big enough to flip and scoop out the contents without knocking over the carefully designed container.

Vary the airflow as desired by placing the stones firmly together or leaving a few gaps.

12. Floor division

The floor division is similar to the edge of the bed, but is not raised, but flat.

Horizontal image of two parts of a back yard, one with a green lawn and the other with a gravel path, horizontally divided with an edge made of brick blocks embedded in the ground.

Its purpose is to separate two different types of flooring materials, such as lawn and pavement, without posing a trip hazard. Mowing the lawn and weeding are easy and the overall appearance is neat.

13. Pony wall

The hard surfaces of structural elements form a visual contrast to soft foliage in an outdoor landscape.

Horizontal image of a vibrant green lawn separated from shrubbed garden beds planted in front of a brick wall and up to a clay block divider near the ground against a white sky with tall evergreen plants in the background.

Walls are not only decorative, but also functional, especially if they delimit property boundaries, support climbing plants and protect border patterns.

Partial or pony walls are particularly appealing because they have a friendly height and do not obstruct the view of what is behind them.

14. Planter

Make a planter that is as traditional or quirky as you want. Fill it with soil for direct sowing or with individual pot foliage samples to present a collection of your favorites.

Horizontal image of a brick and mortar garden planter shaped to look like a ship, with seedlings growing in the middle, on a patio with green doors and a brick wall in the background, and green vines on the opposite wall to grow.

Place a layer of pebble several centimeters deep to facilitate drainage and ensure that the plant containers have sufficient drainage holes.

15.Garden art

Our last idea is an all-rounder!

Let your creative juices flow, put on your goggles and grab your sledgehammer. Make unusually shaped stones to add to your beds and borders as richly textured accent pieces.

Horizontal overhead image of broken clay building blocks arranged in a line to form a divider with pieces of slate in a garden bed, with a few tufts of grass and some weeds growing on dark brown soil.

Combine them with other materials such as tiles and stones and place them in a sunny garden full of succulents. Don’t be surprised if you attract butterflies who want to sunbathe on the warm bricks and other artistically positioned materials.

Get creative

I like the way this rustic building material looks in my landscape, especially old red ones with hard, rough surfaces that stand in stark contrast to the frill-colored flowers.

And the repetition of patterns such as cross hatching, wicker and herringbone has something Zen-like.

Vertical image of two stacks of building bricks, aged and with some signs of wear, with unkempt grass.

Now it’s your turn to create designs that appeal to you. With 15 ideas for inspiration, you are ready to make good use of the remaining building blocks!

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About Christian

Christian Joshua Ferguson is a local activist who enjoys walking, social media and jigsaw puzzles. He is entertaining and smart, but can also be very greedy and a bit lazy. he also likes to write about plants

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