I’ve got a couple of garden design projects on the go at the moment so I’ve been mulling over what type and styles of paving to use. I’ve taken lots of photos over the years, here’s just a few of the many that are available, along with tips on what to choose for your garden.
If you’re choosing paving for your garden have a think about the style of your garden and select the appropriate type so that it’ll fit in and reinforce the whole look.
Don’t choose a really contemporary style if you’re after an informal looking garden.
This pebble path is a really easy style to lay and it looks nice and informal.
Using a different type of paving at a junction or to break up a large area is a useful technique. This square of iron-stone is a local material so it fit’s in well.
Decking got a bit of a bad press when it was used such a lot, but I still like. Avoid using it in shady areas as it eventually becomes very slippery.
I’m always on the look-out for interesting/useful paving patterns,
this is in Chichester Cathedral, and another good reason to visit the cathedral is this fabulous stained glass window by Marc Chagall.
Back to the paving, these are my top five tips:
- Choose a type that’s appropriate to the style of your garden
- Avoid using gravel under tables and chairs, it can be very uneven
- Have a good look at what’s available before you make a choice
- Keep timber decking for sunny areas, it gets slippery in the shade.
- Don’t just look at gardens for ideas.
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all images: Jill Anderson.