A “Courtyard" coexisting with a garden. Mix of small pebbles (7-9 mm) and uneven cast natural slabs

(all materials shown and described herein are available from HERMES SA)

It is important to separate our open spaces based on their size and use, in parks, urban greenery, squares, islets, sidewalks, smaller pocket parks, botanical gardens, uncovered areas, terraces, but also in the common courtyards of a house or in the open space of an apartment building…

The “courtyards” refers to the renaming of our common “enclosed”, green and flowered garden into a “habitable garden”. During the summer months, the constant presence of family or friends requires a different design, therefore, construction, with floors and decorative elements that will enhance aesthetics but also satisfy the desire of “open space socialising” with seating floors, paths, points of reference, etc. In Greek bioclimatic conditions, the use of the outdoors can last up to seven months a year and retain its charm throughout the year, depending on the materials and combinations used in it.

Framing a planted pathway with large pebbles (basalt pebbles)

Pebbles of all sizes and shapes, available in the market mainly from the rich range of HERMES SA, have always been the hard material that represented cleanliness, the liquid element (river & sea), the Nature’s “sculptural” skill, durability, and light … They are available as a natural or processed material in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colours, of “petrological” origin, of durability and of texture. There is a huge selection through the large range of products of HERMES SA, readily available to satisfy requirements in terms of functionality, aesthetics and the environment.

The pebble can be used fittingly almost everywhere and with everything (in appropriate combinations with other materials, but mainly decorative plants), while it can be decisive in the creation of a “style” of a garden or a courtyard, with fillings and overlays of soil surfaces, flower pots, pathways, tree pots, transitional surfaces and dividing lanes, framing pathways and flower beds, either through loose or with fixed prefabricated mosaics and mosaic creations on site by artists….

Rock garden framed by pebbles of various sizes and cobblestones or large sandblasted stones combined with ornamental grasses, creating imitations

Permanent mosaics made of pebbles (with coloured pebbles selected by the artist).

Mosaics are available for numerous structures, in designs and shades compatible with other courtyard materials, ornamental plants, garden furniture, the style of the structure, any rock gardens, stone structures and terraced walls, with the shaded and more brighter parts of the garden, even in combination with the texture and shades of the tree trunks and the decoration of the courtyard…

Grey pebbles make the reference point more distinct and mitigate color contrasts with the surrounding materials.

Pebbles can be the key components of rock gardens, together with larger cobblestones, stones and rocks, and even of individual flower beds where the presence of solitary plants or clusters of plants becomes more distinct and a separate unit. Loose pebble surface coatings always need to be applied on membranes on the soil to avoid weed problems and unwanted pebble dipping in the muddy soil in the rainy season.

In our country, where the activity of Landscape and Garden Architecture, as well as the Internal Design in buildings (residential and professional spaces) have slowly but steadily adopted more innovative techniques in the use of materials, pebbles appear in the forefront with distinctive force, claiming their own place and role, due to the naturalness, aesthetics and symbolic nature of the material, qualities that mentally travel the user or observer to natural landscapes where the power of water creates pebbles through a long period of slow erosion and their mutual friction.

Flower beds filled with white pebbles create a contrasting background with sparse solitary plantings and provide brightness for the garden.

The aesthetic acceptance of the materials largely depends on their origin and naturalness, their proper use by professional Architects, Land technicians and Decorators, and on their combination with other materials, hard or soft in the courtyard or garden. Pebble seek just that, their right place in the right space with taste and an artistic disposition.

After a long period of continuous innovations, HERMES SA is able to respond to any technical approach for landscaping with the use of pebbles, while also consulting on the method of use of any material available, depending on the purpose of the designers and the preferences of the clients.