Paving Solutions for your Garden

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Whether you want a low maintenance garden, a barbeque and eating area, a driveway, pull in for a car, paths or a courtyard garden, paving is a simple and effective solution.

It’s essential that any paving is laid on a base which meets the specification required for the type of use you are going to make of the paved space. Driveways need a high specification base to ensure that there is no sinkage over time. The paving page of the website gives more detailed information.

Another technical aspect which needs to be borne in mind is your property’s damp course. Any paving adjacent to your property needs to be laid below the damp course to ensure that damp doesn’t leech into the walls from the paving. It’s therefore essential that you take advice from somebody with the right skills, experience and expertise when planning paving in your garden, to make sure that the end result is both durable and fit for purpose.

Once you know that the most appropriate base will be used, you can think about the type of paving which would best suit your garden design and your budget. Block paving, which consists of small rectangular bricks, is a practical choice for driveways, and is available in a range of colours. Different patterns can be created, such as herringbone, alternating squares, or regular alternating lines, and contrasting edging can add interest. It works well in combination with gravel and minimal planting for a low maintenance approach.


York stone, or the less expensive Indian stone provides a more natural look, and is available in a range of neutral shades, from dark brown to cream. The slabs can be laid in regular or random patterns and can be cut into different sizes and shapes to achieve different effects. It’s possible to combine stone paving with cobbled areas for a more textured look. This type of paving can be very effective in small courtyard gardens, providing a warm backdrop for container planting and seating.

You may prefer a more rustic approach. Pavers with rounded, slightly wavy edges can be laid with wide spacing, with low lying herbs such as creeping thyme planted between the slabs. Although this is higher maintenance as some weeding would need to be done, it could be worth it for the lovely scent of herbs every time you walk across it.

Concrete pavers are another option, and these are available in a range of colours and finishes, including those with preformed textured designs embedded in the paver. These can be used to good effect as stepping stone paths across lawned areas.

When you consider paving options, it’s a good idea to look at replacing any steps in the garden to harmonise with the paving. This is particularly important at the front of the house. The effect of a new driveway will be enhanced by new steps to the front door.

Good paving makes a world of difference to a garden, creating functional space and potentially adding value to your home. Rowan Tree Garden Design can help you to make the most of your space.

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