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Rose Quartz Gravel

White, Pink and Yellow Aggregates

28 May 2024

Close up of rose quartz gravel

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist

Classification:

Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Geological name(s):

Nonfoliated metamorphic rock

Other Name(s):

Rose quartz gravel, rose quartz chippings
quartz stones for garden

Overview

Welcome to the only encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates and landscaping materials. Rose quartz gravel, also known as rose quartz chippings, is an economical and hard-wearing angular quartz gravel, mainly pink, grey and white. It is a versatile decorative aggregate used for outdoor design due to its distinctive appearance, including the presence of translucent stones within the mix.

This is a comprehensive encyclopaedia listing about rose 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.

Specifications

material

colour

shape

sizes

fall safety

price

Quartz

10-20mm

durability

fish friendly

eco friendly

degradability

ph

diy friendly

Non-degradable

Neutral

Material

Quartzite

Colour

Light pink, grey and buff

Shape

Rounded to sub-angular

Close up of 20mm rose quartz. Jpg

Size Range

10-20mm (0.4 to 0.8")

Rose quartz gravel 10mm, 14-20mm rose quartz, rose quartz 20mm

Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play surfaces

Price

Mid

Durability

High

Fish Friendly

Yes

Pink quartz close up. Jpg

Eco-friendly

Yes

Degradability

Non-degradable

pH

Neutral

DIY-Friendly

Yes

Pink rose garden path

Benefits

Decorative aggregates like rose quartz gravel offer numerous benefits in garden and landscape design. They provide a low-maintenance, durable solution perfect for creating visually appealing outdoor spaces. Aggregates aid in weed prevention, improve drainage and can be used to create unique textures and patterns.

Rose quartz gravel offers a blend of aesthetic charm and practicality. Its distinctive pink hue introduces a warm, romantic feel to gardens in addition to often possessing rounded edges, making it a comfortable choice for footpaths and seating areas.

  • 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

Rose quartz gravel is a beautiful white, pink and yellow quartz gravel. It is a well-rounded decorative aggregate products for both outdoor and indoor design. Rose quartz is perfect for a variety of applications, adding beauty and functionality to outdoor spaces. From driveway and path features, to garden borders and patios. They even work as an attractive top layer in pots and planters, as well as for accents in rockeries. Its unique colour and fish-friendly nature also makes it an ideal choice for decorative elements in water features with fish. 

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

Apricot chippings with olive trees

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 rose quartz gravel include:

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

Unsuitable For

The following list represents the kinds of applications that rose 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
    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. A gravel grid should be in place as a minimum.
  3. 3
    Play surfaces

Similar Alternatives to Rose Quartz Gravel

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

pink, grey

Blend

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

plum, grey

10-40mm (0.4-1.6")

flat, flaky

UK, USA, EU

pink, white

10-32mm (0.4-1.25")

angular

UK, USA

apricot, grey

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

Wheelbarrow of gardening tools. Jpg

Rose 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. 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

Decorative pink stones front garden

When purchasing rose quartz 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, rose quartz gravel 20mm are typically used for driveways, while smaller 10mm rose quartz gravel are better suited to footpaths.

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 a rose quartz gravel 20mm bulk 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

What is quartz gravel?

Quartz gravel is a naturally occurring aggregate known for its hardness and varied colours. It's often used in landscaping due to its durability and aesthetic appeal.

What can I do with rose quartz chips?

Rose quartz chips can be used in garden borders, pathways, water features, and other borders and as a decorative top dressing in planters. Their soft pink colour adds a unique visual element to any garden project.

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.