Stones to decorate winter garden: know the 4 best

Do you want to invest in a special corner for your plants? Check out garden tips.

Every plant lover likes to reserve an environment at home to grow them and spend moments of relaxation. The winter garden is an example of warmth and beauty and the dream of many people. And what are the best stones to decorate winter garden ?

If the “gardening bug” also stung you, you have already started to research countless landscaping possibilities to enhance your corner. And the right stones guarantee a very interesting look. Learn now how to choose.

Tips for best stones to decorate winter garden

1 – Pedra de Rio

The river stone brings natural colors and textures to the internal environment of your home. Its rustic appearance is responsible for transporting the elements of nature to the environment you want.

The most interesting thing is that it does not have a standard shape, size or color. And maybe that’s what makes it so interesting in a conservatory.

2 – Gravel

The gravel is a very common stone. It is used in different types of construction. Both its white and traditional versions make a difference in the gardening category.

You won’t have much work to find the pebble around. Gravel is easily sold in construction and landscaping supply stores.

Gravel is one of the best stones to decorate a winter garden.

3 – Gravel

Another example of rustic stone is gravel . It is an excellent choice to contrast in a sophisticated way with the green of the plants.

And there is no problem making a mix of stones. You can use one type on the ground and one on the pots. Merging the colors further enriches the landscape you have created.

4 – Dolomite

The dolomite is a white stone which can be found in various sizes and shapes. This makes it very versatile.

For example, you can use the stone to make a beautiful path on the decorated floor. For this, perhaps larger stones have a more striking effect. If you have pots and small succulents in your winter garden, smaller stones should be ideal.

Credit: Rocha Garden

Tips for setting up the garden

Don’t underestimate the space you have available. With a little creativity, any environment includes a winter garden, be it large or mini.

What really matters is to make a harmonious choice of elements, plants that you value, beautiful vases, interesting stones, light for those who need light and humidity for those who demand it.

In addition, research references for winter garden models to have great inspirations that match your taste and style of your home.

Do you know that corner that people stop to admire? That is your goal. Imagine also how many pleasant afternoons of reading you can have with an armchair leaning next to your garden.

You can also talk to landscapers and sellers about the types of stones they recommend for your garden.

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Roof gardens: plants that resist

What to grow on an apartment penthouse where it gets intense sun and a lot of wind? Well know that there are species of plants that resist these conditions. See here a garden revitalization project I did here in the capital. The client already had some plants and pots and I added some more foliage to give an ” up “.

Covering with lavender, bouganvillea and geraniums in pots photo: Helena Schanzer

Bouganvileas and geraniums photo: Helena Schanzer

The view is beautiful and you can enjoy the sun, but the plants suffer due to the wind and excessive sun.

Native cherry, Podocarpus and pitangueira photo: Helena Schanzer

The tree called Podocarpus (adult-sized) was planted in large plastic pots to provide privacy due to the surrounding building. This species of tree allows you to make pruning by controlling its size.

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Podocarpus block unwanted visuals

Environmental comfort in cities improves with green roofs and terraces

Environmental comfort in cities is related to the presence of vegetation and green areas. The vegetation has the ability to humanize the environments, generating well-being,  cooling the temperature,   attracting and feeding the avifauna, absorbing the impact of water on the soil when it rains, beautifying the environment, among other benefits.


Green roofs in Sicredi landscaping by Helena Schanzer

In the city, we are used to seeing vegetation in parks and gardens are grown on the land directly or in pots. Today, with the growth and urban density, the spaces destined to green areas and gardens have been adapting and taking care of the roofs. It is possible to plant a garden on the terrace and roof of a building, the technology is there for this.


Planting on the roof is currently considered a differentiated and high-tech solution. It is a trend in buildings in various capitals of the world. City halls in cities such as Recife, Curitiba, Buenos Aires,   New York, Paris, Austria, among many others, already encourage the construction of green roofs and terraces.

See the roof of a residence transformed into a garden .

Photo: Helena Schanzer - green terrace over parking at Sicredi

The advantages of using green roofs are numerous, such as: absorption of rainwater and reduction of the impact of runoff water, reduction of noise pollution, reduction of air pollution, thermal insulation, reduction of glare on the surface of walls, humanization of the environment, improvement of aesthetics, besides creating a space for use.

I will show you some examples of what is possible to accomplish with the vegetation in the heights. The photos above and below show gardens executed on a concrete slab where, below, the parking lot for the complex of buildings was built at Sicredi’s headquarters in Porto Alegre. The landscaping project was developed by the team of agronomic engineer Helena Schanzer in partnership with architect Milton Campos and architect Carlos Morganti, architects of Sicredi’s commercial tower complex.   The execution was developed in partnership with Cahuy Jardins.

The green areas of Sicredi are located on a large concrete slab, below which is the parking lot of the building complex. Drainage and waterproofing ensure adequate water drainage and reuse . The load generated by the gardens is borne by the building’s structure. This large garden was built 10 years ago.

The garden in the heights is formed by phoenix palms (Phoenix roebelinii) , germ palms ( Arecastrum romanzofianum ), Bird of paradise ( Strelizia reginae ), cycads ( Cyca revoluta ), Agapantus and other species that the root system is not aggressive. The substrate to be used is also essential for successful planting. The substrate is the mixture of soil + organic compost + sand + bark.

Sicredi 2 garden nov.  2013

In order to create a green roof, it is essential that the technical team design and carry out the waterproofing, the appropriate slab / roof trim, drainage and weight support provided for in the work. You can plant on the concrete slab or use prefabricated modular systems adapted for planting horizontally and vertically, as is the case with walls. I will not exhaust the subject in a post, little by little we are talking about this fascinating subject.

Photo: PIXABAY - Green roof of the California Academy of Sciences / USA
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive
Photo: Zinc Disclosure - Modular green roof system - intensive and extensive