Easy hard landscaping
From paths and paving to pergolas and patios, a how-to guide on garden layout
Designing the hard landscaping is often the most troubling part of remodeling a garden as mistakes can be difficult or expensive to correct. It is important to think carefully about where you want to site various features in your garden and to use materials that harmonise the garden with the house and the surrounding landscape. Use registered artisans or tradesmen to carry out the work and get the relevant permissions from your mairie (town hall) in order to avoid any problems in the future.
When deciding where to site features, look at the orientation of the garden, the views and the practicalities of the position you chose. Consider whether the feature needs to be close to the house or tucked away and whether you will need to run electricity or water to them.
Be aware that lighting can have a disturbing effect on wildlife and add to light pollution, so use it sparingly. Small spotlights on spikes are an economical way of uplighting trees or plants without the need for a mortar foundation.