We’ve had this disussion before. And we’ve had to revisit it recently. What kind of stone do we want for our small retaining wall in the front yard? To bring you back up to speed, our master landscape plan calls for a level front “potager” planting area. Which means a retaining wall about 15-18″ high needs to be built.

So a recent trip to the stoneyard led us to these 2 contenders: Corinthian or Colonial.

colonial
colonial

corinthian
corinthian

Short summary: Colonial has a muddier consistency, tend to be thinner (also easier to break/shape), more uniform in thickness, easier to work with, and cheaper. Corinthian has more granite like qualities with speckles of shiny white, whcih makes it prettier and 70% more expensive than Colonial.  I brought home a few samples that show some of the color variations with the same stone.

corinthian on left, colonial on right
side by side comparison (cornithian on left, colonial on right)

For Serena, the decision was simple. Since we did not want to draw attention to the wall (the plantings should be the centerpiece of our garden, not the stone wall), we went for Colonial.

Done!

Next up, the actual building of the wall.