Last Modified: January 30, 2024

Heritage Quartz Gravel

Vivid Jaffa Brown Sparkle Stone

27 May 2024

Close up of heritage quartz gravel

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist

Classification:

Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Geological name(s):

Quartzite

Other Name(s):

Heritage gravel, heritage quartz, heritage stone chippings, quartz pebbles, garden quartz, orange quartz

Overview

Welcome to the only encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates and landscaping materials. Heritage quartz gravel, also known as heritage gravel, is a mid-priced and hard-wearing decorative aggregate that stands out for its sparkly surface and rusty buff colours, which sparkle and reflect light when dry.

This comprehensive encyclopaedia listing about heritage quartz 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.

Heritage Quartz Gravel Specifications

material

colour

shape

sizes

fall safety

price

Stone

10-14mm

durability

fish friendly

eco friendly

degradability

ph

diy friendly

Non-degradable

Neutral

Material

Quartz aggregate

Colour

Buff, orange, rusty red, brown and greys

Shape

Angular

Heritage gravel close up

Size Range

10-14mm (0.4-0.5")
10mm heritage quartz chippings, heritage quartz gravel 14mm

Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play surfaces

Price

Mid

Durability

High

Fish Friendly

Yes

Close up of peach quartz. Jpg

Eco-friendly

Yes

Degradability

Non-degradable

pH

Neutral

DIY-Friendly

Yes

Wet and dry heritage chippings. Jpg

Benefits

Decorative aggregates like heritage quartz gravel offer a blend of aesthetic appeal and practicality, transforming gardens and landscapes into vibrant, visually appealing spaces. They are low maintenance, durable, and can help with soil moisture retention and weed suppression.

Heritage quartz gravel's attractive blend of orange and reddish brown hues, interspersed with greys, provides contrast for varying features whilst retaining a natural look. Its sparkly surface, especially when wet, adds a dynamic element and reflects light, adding brightness and dimension to outdoor areas. Additionally, like all quartz stones for garden design, they are neutral pH and aquatic life-friendly.

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

Applications

Heritage quartz gravel is a sound choice for a multitude of landscaping applications. Its vibrant colours and durable nature make it ideal for features such as borders and ground covers, complementing both traditional and contemporary settings. Heritage quartz's angular shape makes interlocking to form stable surfaces for pathways and driveways a cinch. It's fish-friendly qualities make it particularly useful in water features or ponds with aquatic pets.

In the following section, we list many common heritage quartz stones uses, although it is not exhaustive. Wherever there is a hyperlink beside an item, an article from Outdoor Aggregates about the topic is available.

Orange quartz front yard

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 heritage quartz gravel include:

  • Base for terrace, patios or outdoor seating areas
Peach gravel garden

Unsuitable For

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

  1. 1
    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.
  2. 2
    Play surfaces
  3. 3
    Erosion control: On steep slopes or areas with significant inclines, the loose nature of the gravel can make it prone to movement which can be problematic on slopes.

Similar Alternatives to Heritage Quartz Gravel

The following is a list of decorative aggregates which are alternatives to heritage quartz 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

Red sandstone pebbles

warm red

Sandstone

10-50mm (0.4-2")

rounded

UK, USA,

pink, white, grey

3-20mm (0.1-0.8")

Angular

UK, USA, EU

buff, cream

6-20mm (0.025-8")

Angular

UK, USA

white, buff

Marble

3-20mm (0.1-0.8")

Angular

UK, USA, EU

white, pink, yellow

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

Rounded

UK, USA, EU

apricot, white

Quartzite

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

Angular

UK, USA, EU

Under £80

£80-£120

£120-£150

£150-£200

£200-£300

£300+

Maintenance

Raking garden stones 1

Heritage quartz 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. Occasional power washing of the product is advisable to maintain the original colour and prevent algae or moss buildup. Natural quarry materials also may have dust, which should be hosed off with water at the time of installation.

For areas with heavy footfall, such as paths or footpaths, replenishment of gravel may be required over time to maintain depth and coverage. For more on how to clean gravel, read our article: how to clean garden stones.

Purchasing Tips

Ornamental grasses in a garden

When purchasing heritage quartz, 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, heritage quartz gravel 14mm are typically used for paths and driveways, while smaller 10mm heritage quartz gravel may not be suited to driveways due to the stones getting stuck in tyre treads.

Using our gravel calculator to get an unbiased estimate for your project needs is one of the best and easiest ways to order the right amount without the risk of shortfalls or over-spending - all you need is a few measurements of the space. Ordering in bulk bags is often more cost-effective than smaller quantities. Also, always ensure you consider the delivery aspects, especially the vehicle access to the site.

FAQs

What sizes does heritage gravel come in and is it suitable for driveways?

Heritage quartz gravel typically comes in sizes ranging from 10-14mm (0.4-0.5"), suitable for various landscaping needs. Its angular shape make it the 14mm gravel suitable for driveways and paths, though a stabilising grid is recommended for heavy traffic areas.

Can quartz gravel be used in aquatic settings?

Yes, it is fish friendly and does not alter water pH, making it suitable for ponds and aquatic features.

Is heritage quartz gravel eco-friendly?

Yes, it is sourced sustainably, making it an attractive blend eco-friendly option for landscaping.

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.