Advice on what material to fill walls with

jamiebc1470jamiebc1470 Posts: 18
edited 19 January in Garden design
Sorry not so clear with the title :)

Here is a picture link to one of my walls 
X https://imgur.com/gallery/Nb2Ib3F

I'm looking to add some white stone to the tops of my walls to give is a nice look... My worry is, I bought lots of white limestone for the front of my house last year and all ready it's mostly all turned green... I would really like to avoid this! 

Any ideas of a stone or something white, or anything else I can fill my walls with that won't turn green overtime? 

I'm open for any suggestions as I'm inexperienced to gardening in general 

Thanks so much! 




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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,252
    I'd be a bit careful using limestone as a topping.
    It's quite a soft stone and will slowly dissolve in rain water (which is slightly acidic) which in turn will make the soil underneath very alkaline which is unlikely to suit most plants.

    If the area is a bit shady, whatever you put there will go green to some extent.
    I'm sure there are better alternatives available.
    Some stone that has a shiny surface will probably work best
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  • jamiebc1470jamiebc1470 Posts: 18
    edited 19 January
    Thanks for info!

    Hopefully get some advice for an other alternative material to use. 

    :) 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,259
    I think anything white would look too stark.
    How about some largish rounded natural pebbles?
    They would be a nice contrast and look good when wet or dry.
    If they go green you can take them off and wash them (I do!).
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,469
    I would not use anything else white.
    How about a contrast, slate might look good?
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  • jamiebc1470jamiebc1470 Posts: 18
    edited 19 January
    Thanks guys :)

    Yes pebbles could work.... And yes doesn't have to be white I suppose. 

    Thinking pebbles might be really expensive  to cover 2x walls. 

    Keep ideas coming :)!!! 

    How about bark?.... Would that work well and keep its colour? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,738
    get it filled with plants :) 
    no more white, slate would be good
  • jamiebc1470jamiebc1470 Posts: 18
    nutcutlet said:
    get it filled with plants :) 
    no more white, slate would be good
    Isnt it the wrong time of year to be adding plants due to frost? :) 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,252
    I agree with nut.
    Fill it with plants  - you don't have to do it now.
    Plan now and get the plants in spring.
    If you like the spiky architectural look there are plants that will suit, or if you want something softer, there are candidates.
    Tell us what you'd like and I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions
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