Hardscape Design Ideas

Fantastic Footfalls: Picking Materials for Garden Grounds

Your walkways, paving and decking don't have to be limited as merely functional - they're opportunities to choose beauty as well. We introduce you to hard materials to reinforce your design, and show you how mix them for great effect.

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Charming Brick Walkway Through a Cottage Garden
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Pathways and Walkways

Paths are the arteries of the garden. Select materials that enhance walks, complement the planting on either side, and match the garden style: bricks or gravel fit a cottage-style garden, while more up-to-date materials, such as concrete and composites, suit a modern space.

The same material can be used to different effect, depending on how you use it. For example, pavers placed perpendicular to the path tend to slow walking pace and invite the walker's attention to the surroundings, while pavers layed lengthways give a sense of motion, as in this traditional brick path which leads to a cottage gate.

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