HOW TO Cre­aTe ef­feC­Tive paTH­Ways and edg­ings

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York Gate’s head gar­dener, Ben Pre­ston, of­fers ad­vice on us­ing plants and hard­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als to best ef­fect. It can be dif­fi­cult to keep the edge of a herba­ceous bor­der look­ing crisp all year round, but the black grass, Ophio­pogon planis­ca­pus ‘Ni­grescens’, used along­side the car­pet path here at York Gate man­ages to do this re­ally well when planted closely to­gether in a long row, cre­at­ing the ef­fect of a low hedge. Box balls or wicker bas­kets can be strate­gi­cally placed to em­pha­sise path­ways. Choos­ing one or two sim­ple ma­te­ri­als and stick­ing with them through­out the gar­den will give con­ti­nu­ity. Gran­ite setts work par­tic­u­larly well, as their small size al­lows for cre­ativ­ity when lay­ing. A cir­cle at the in­ter­sec­tion of paths pro­vides a place to pause, with setts, cob­bles or slates laid on their edge to cre­ate an in­tri­cate cir­cu­lar de­sign.

› A strik­ing path of stone setts and gravel in York Gate’s canal gar­den leads to the fo­cal point of a cir­cu­lar win­dow in the pot­ting shed.

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