There were some really beautiful plants at this years Chelsea Flower Show,
but beautiful as the plants were, it’s the lay-out of the garden, how it’s divided up, that really helps to hold the design together, as demonstrated by the paths in this lovely garden by Jo Thompson:
This crisply cut paving, butted closely together, gives a contemporary look to this garden:
Narrow paving laid diagonally and butted up against a slab of polished concrete in the Cloudy bay garden designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam, is not only contemporary, but also very stylish:
These small travertine square tiles are also more in tune with a contemporary garden:
whilst slate tiles laid on edge are a little more traditional:
Brick paving is an option for a traditional look too, they have such a warm, mellow feel.
Special hard baked bricks or engineering bricks should be used for garden paths, rather than ordinary house bricks, which eventually become damaged by frost and crumble, although this can look rather nice in a cottage garden.
You can see more about the Cloudy Bay garden by Andrew and Gavin here
all images: Jill Anderson