Last Modified: February 12, 2024

Italian Rose Gravel

Luxurious, Pastel Pink Marble Magic

Close up of italian rose gravel

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist

Classification:

Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Geological name(s):

Calcite

Other Name(s):

Italian rose chippings, Kelkay Italian rose gravel, pink decorative stones, Italian rose gravel, Kelkay Italian rose, Kelkay premium Italian rose

Overview

Welcome to the only encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates and landscaping materials. Italian rose gravel, also known as Italian rose chippings, is a luxurious marble decorative aggregate with a distinctive pink colour spectrum that can instantly brighten up any indoor or outdoor space. These particular colours complement surrounding plants and contrast nicely with other materials commonly used in seaside themed features and Mediterranean or Alpine styles of gardens.

This is a comprehensive encyclopaedia listing about Italian rose gravel, a hardscape and construction aggregate. It details the product's specifications, accompanied by photographs, and outlines its benefits, applications, and incompatibilities as a landscaping material. Additionally, this entry serves as a gateway to a wealth of DIY resources, with a list of comparable alternatives, articles offering design inspiration and fundamental principles, and a collection of straightforward, step-by-step instructions for constructing your own hardscaping features.

Specifications

material

colour

shape

sizes

fall safety

price

Marble

14-32mm

durability

fish friendly

eco friendly

degradability

ph

diy friendly

Non-degradable

Alkaline

Material

Metamorphic rock

Colour

Varied shades of pink, peach and white

Shape

Round to sub-angular 

Close up of italian rose stones

Size Range

14-32mm (0.5-1.4")
Italian rose chippings 14-20mm, Kelkay Premium Italian Rose 16-32mm

Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play surfaces

Price

High

Durability

High

Fish Friendly

No

Italian rose 14 20mm wet and dry. Jpg

Eco-friendly

Yes

Degradability

Non-degradable

pH

Alkaline

DIY-Friendly

Yes

Rose quartz chippings 10mm. Jpg

Benefits

Decorative aggregates like Italian rose gravel offer numerous benefits in garden and landscape design. They significantly embellish the look of any space while providing a low-maintenance solution for retaining moisture, improving drainage and suppressing weeds. Italian rose gravel brings a unique charm with its warm pink tones, adding texture and a Mediterranean feel to any setting. The natural colour variations add depth and texture, while its angular shape ensures stable surfaces suitable for walking paths and patios.

  • Inhibits weeds
  • Improves drainage
  • Hard-wearing
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Moisture retention
  • Versatile all-rounder
  • pH alkaline
  • Transform space fast
  • Unsafe for aquatic life
  • Root protection
  • Easy to lay

Applications

Italian rose gravel is particularly suited to creating visually striking rock gardens, paths, and borders. This pretty rosy-white gravel has spectacular pink tones that harmoniously blend with green landscapes, making it a popular choice for alpine ground covers and decorative feature rock gardens, as well as indoor and outdoor planters. Although a premium-priced gravel, Italian rose can also be used to create majestic pathways, or drives, due to it's round, sub-angular shape.

In the following section, we list many common Italian rose gravel uses. Wherever there is a hyperlink beside an item, an article from Outdoor Aggregates about the topic is available.

Ornamental garden feature with chippings and gravel

Inspiration and Informational Articles

DIY-Friendly How-To Guides

Need to work out how many stone chippings your  project needs? Try our free gravel calculator.

Other Applications

Some other excellent applications for Italian rose chippings include:

  • Base for terrace, patios or outdoor seating areas
  • Zen gardens
Rose gravel garden

Unsuitable For

The following list represents the kinds of applications that Italian rose gravel may not be suitable for:

  1. 1
    Aquascaping due to the alkaline effect on water pH posing harm to aquatic life.
  2. 2
    Areas with fine plantings: If you have creepers or low-growing plants in your garden gravel can make it harder for these plants to thrive, as it may interfere with their root systems as they try to grow.
  3. 3
    Some experts say that limestone chippings are unsuitable for french drains because they deteriorate and pack down like a sub base. 
  4. 4
    Play surfaces due to the unforgiving nature of the gravel in the event of a fall.

Similar Alternatives to Italian Rose Gravel

The following is a list of decorative aggregates which are alternatives to Italian rose gravel. They may offer you a more suitable variation on the primary colour, a more economical option, or a close substitute for cases where the base material may be unsuitable for the project you are creating, e.g. limestone is not fish-friendly, where slate is.

Name

Colours

Material

Size

Shape

Availability

Price

pink, grey

Blend

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

pink, grey, white

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

rounded

UK, USA, EU

pink, grey

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA

apricot, grey

Quartzite

20mm (0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

pink, brown, white

Quartzite

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

round, angular

UK, USA, EU

pink

10-40mm (0.4-1.5")

irregular

UK, USA, EU

Under £80

£80-£120

£120-£150

£150-£200

£200-£300

£300+

Maintenance

Weeding decorative grass and gravel garden

Italian rose gravel are generally low maintenance, especially when a heavy duty membrane is installed underneath to suppress weeds, with most work limited to raking and the occasional removal of debris. It is recommended to occasionally power wash the product in order to maintain its original colour and prevent the buildup of algae or moss. Natural quarry materials may also have dust which should be washed off with water during installation. For areas with heavy foot traffic, such as paths or footpaths, replenishing the chippings may be necessary over time to maintain depth and coverage.

For more on how to clean gravel, read our article: how to clean garden stones.

Purchasing Tips

Mountainous pine forest landscape

When purchasing Italian rose gravel, consider the size options and quantity necessary for your project. Where available, it is cost-effective to request a sample to assess the stone's colour and quality against your design requirements. Also, consider the different sizes; for instance, Italian rose gravel 16-32mm is typically best for driveways, where smaller Italian rose chippings 14-20mm are slightly better suited to footpaths where available.

Within the UK, Italian rose gravel is a product made by Kelkay. It is available from stocked suppliers of their products in small or bulk bags. There are some similar products as well, such as Italian rose chippings, which can be purchased through select suppliers.

Our gravel calculator will give you a quick and unbiased estimate for your project needs just by taking a few measurements of the space. It is one of the best and easiest ways to order the right amount and helps avoid shortfalls or over-spending. Purchasing abulk bag or ordering in loose loads can offer better value than purchasing in smaller quantities. Therefore, calculating accurately can save both time and money. It is also important to consider the delivery aspects, including vehicle access to the site. Additionally, you should check stock availability and factor in VAT and transportation costs if applicable.

FAQs

Is Italian rose gravel safe for fish?

No, Italian rose gravel is from calcite, meaning that their alkalinity will affect aquatic environments and be detrimental to aquatic life.

Where does flamingo gravel come from?

Flamingo gravel, also known as flamingo aggregate, typically consists of natural stones sourced from quarries that provide this distinct pink hue, often found in regions with silica and quartz-based geological formations.

What is Staffordshire pink gravel?

Staffordshire pink gravel is a specific type of crushed stone, known for its pink and grey shades, suitable for driveways and paths, originating from Staffordshire, England.

What is flamingo stone?

Pink flamingo stones are a decorative aggregate known for their vibrant pink colour, used in various landscaping applications to add a bright and unique touch to gardens and outdoor spaces. Purchasing a flamingo stone chippings bulk bag is the most economical way to obtain them.

There are many wonderful types of gravel and aggregates available for your project needs. Check them out!

About the author 

Ben Parrot is a landscape gardener and amateur geologist. He is the founder of Outdoor Aggregates, with the mission to create the first encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates. From natural stone through to decorative bark, these aggregates are critical to garden and landscape design, universally.

The problem: There isn't any place where all the different types of decorative landscaping materials and construction aggregates can be found, nor are the specifications of each type readily available. So, enriched by his extensive experience, and inspired by the timeless elegance and raw beauty of stone and rock, etched by nature's artistry over millennia, Outdoor Aggregates was born.