The gabion that we find in the garden has its origins in civil engineering techniques where it it used in hydraulic or geotechnical works, and in architectural and landscaping applications.
The word “gabion” comes from the Italian “gabbione”, which means “a big cage”. It is a metal fencing in which we can put stones, wood or any other material you can imagine. As it is made from an alloy of galvanized aluminium, it is long lasting. Its metal stems give it flexibility and stability, and they can be fixed into the ground quite easily.
Gabions are available in different sizes, so you can choose the size that suits your purpose.
Using gabions in the garden
Gabions are an easy way to make an original fencing, saving you the hassle of planting poles. The walls of the gabion can be made of any colour or material you can imagine, and can they can thus become works of art ! It is possible to lay them one on top of one another, so you can thus choose the height you wish. Different textures of stones can be mixed together, and fresques can be made by playing with shades and colours. Earth can be inserted in places, giving you the possibility of creating a flowered wall.
The gabion can also be used to surround the vegetable plot. The upper part can be filled with earth so you can grow flowers like those that keep parasites away, such as the French marigold. You could also plant strawberries in you gabion, which make them easier to collect !
A gabion can also be installed around the edges of ponds, as they give stability to the soil and protect the banks from erosion. Semi-aquatic plants could also be installed between the fencing. This will stop them from growing out of control.
A gabion is also useful for storing wood – it stops your pile from falling over and is a neat way of stocking it for future use.
So don’t wait around ! For guaranteed originality and efficiency in your garden, get a gabion !