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