Which ma­te­rial?

Gardening Australia - - EXPERT ADVICE -

Here’s a round-up of some mod­ern paving op­tions, and where best to use them

stone

Pavers made of stone of­fer great tex­tu­ral and tonal vari­a­tion. Us­ing stone lo­cal to your area can give your gar­den a real sense of place, as the colour­ing echoes the sur­round­ing land­scape. Im­ported stone pavers are avail­able in a wide range of colours and prices. Pavers with ir­reg­u­lar shapes look more in­for­mal than square or rec­tan­gu­lar ones.

ar­ti­fi­cial stone

Usu­ally set in a mould, com­bin­ing ce­ment and a crushed stone or acrylic pig­ment to achieve colour, ar­ti­fi­cial stone can be made to a mul­ti­tude of di­men­sions. Syn­thetic coloured pavers can fade on ex­po­sure to sun­light, so choose wisely.

brick

It’s best to match brick pavers as closely as pos­si­ble to the brick that was used to build your house.

Brick pavers can look rus­tic or el­e­gant, de­pend­ing on the pat­tern you use. They also work well in­laid or sur­rounded by peb­bles or plants. If they are laid over a large ex­panse, they can look bor­ing or very im­pos­ing, so try to break them up.

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