How to Choose Garden Paving

Vastly different moods are created depending on the flooring you choose for your garden design. Just take a look at these hard landscaping options.
From: DK Books - Design Your Garden

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Backyard Steps Cast in Stone

One of the most commonly used backyard landscaping ideas is to use stone in the design. Stone comes in many different textures, colors and variety, depending on the preferences of the homeowner for landscape design ideas.

Mediterranean Moods

Unglazed, terra cotta pavers are good for a hand made, rustic, Old World look in tile choice for the patio or terrace. No two tiles will look exactly the same and will vary in thickness, texture, color and appearance greatly.

Mix and Match Brick with Tile

Brick edging is used on tiled patios to hold everything tightly together and as an aesthetic enhancement. Raised planters are brought up to all the edges of the patio to enhance appearance. Brick edging is installed flush with the beds.

Color and Texture

The garden has level changes, with a raised seating area to make the most of the evening sun, plenty of space for eating and sitting outdoors. The solution was to create a garden on levels, a lower terrace, and up to a raised terrace.

Aluminum Decking Shows Contemporary Strength

Waterproof decking is watertight and versatile, with a contemporary flair. Compared to most wood and composite decking materials, aluminum decking is lighter, yet stronger.

City Oasis

A circular pond, half hidden beneath a mass of foliage, mirrors the sky and echoes the lawn. The round lawn at the center of the design visually pulls the other elements together.

Reflecting Canal

The canal leads the eye down the center of the garden to an arbor hung with flowers. A blue border that flanks the water forms a cool contrast to the fiery beds opposite. Vertical accents of yew create dramatic focal points.

Formal Hedging

When selecting materials for your outdoor space, remember, one of the most important rules is “less is more.” Choose one or two hard landscaping materials, and make sure they suit the style of your garden.