Land­scap­ing

Whether opt­ing for paving, pan­els, deck­ing or gravel, there’s a range of op­tions to help land­scape the gar­den of a pe­riod prop­erty

Period Living - - Contents - Fea­ture An­dréa Childs

Cre­ate prac­ti­cal and easy-care gar­den ar­eas great for en­ter­tain­ing with th­ese pa­tio so­lu­tions

1 NAT­U­RAL STONE

Pro­vid­ing an au­then­tic beauty to gar­den land­scap­ing, nat­u­ral stone is also strong and low main­te­nance, mak­ing it ideal for high-traf­fic ar­eas such as steps and ter­races. Th­ese el­e­gant Kala­hari Grey lime­stone tiles look stun­ning laid in a com­bi­na­tion of sizes, and con­trasted with re­claimed bricks. From £144 per m2 at Stone & Ce­ramic Ware­house.

2 RECONSTITUTED STONE

Made from a mix of stone, sand, ce­ment and wa­ter, reconstituted stone paving repli­cates the look of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as lime­stone and slate. The re­sult is strong and durable, with a con­sis­tency of size and colour. At Brad­stone, the paving is formed in hand­made moulds cast from au­then­tic stone, so it in­cor­po­rates weath­ered edges and even orig­i­nal tool­ing marks for a re­al­is­tic ef­fect. This Old Town Paving costs from £40 per m2.

3 MO­DU­LAR blocks

Cre­ate raised beds, bor­der walls, seats, steps and even ponds with Wood­blocx, a mo­du­lar sys­tem that re­quires no power tools to put to­gether. The blocks are made from sus­tain­ably sourced pine that is pres­sure treated and coated with a wa­ter-based preser­va­tive, mak­ing them last for a min­i­mum of

15 years, with no main­te­nance re­quired. Avail­able made to mea­sure or as pre-de­signed kits; from £204.20 for a Nar­row raised gar­den bed as shown.

4 Tim­ber AL­TER­NA­TIVE

If you love the look of wood deck­ing but you’re con­cerned about main­te­nance, then tim­ber-al­ter­na­tive deck­ing could be the so­lu­tion. Trex com­pos­ite deck­ing is made from 95 per cent re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als that re­sist fad­ing, scratch­ing and mould growth. The deck­ing and handrails fea­ture high-def­i­ni­tion wood-grain pat­terns, in colours from rich red to pale grey. This Trex Tran­scend in Lava Rock and Tiki Torch costs from £75 per m2.

5 RE­CLAIMED BEAMS

Rugged and rus­tic, the Weath­ered Oak col­lec­tion from Mill­board is moulded from 100-year-old tim­ber re­claimed from the floor of a French rail­way car­riage. The cast beams are then hand-coloured to cre­ate au­then­tic, time­worn tones. Shown here in Vin­tage Oak, the prod­uct is made from a polyurethane blend with an anti-slip top layer and comes with a 25-year war­ranty, priced around £97 per m2.

6 GRAVEL AND PEBBLES

Cre­ate blurred bound­aries and tran­si­tional zones be­tween fea­tures such as a lawn, pond and gar­den bor­ders us­ing gravel and pebbles. Opt for a tra­di­tional rock­ery or a more con­tem­po­rary gravel gar­den; use coloured ag­gre­gates to brighten a shady cor­ner; and play with a mix of stones, such as boul­ders, cob­bles and pebbles, to add move­ment and en­ergy to your plot. Th­ese dec­o­ra­tive gar­den ag­gre­gates cost from £115 for a bulk bag that cov­ers ap­prox­i­mately 10m2, avail­able from Mar­shalls.

7 PORCE­LAIN TILES

Frost­proof, slip-re­sis­tant and low-main­te­nance, porce­lain tiles are as pop­u­lar in the gar­den as they are in our kitchens; you could even choose a design that works in both spa­ces. And be­cause they weigh much less than con­crete flags, porce­lain tiles are an ideal op­tion for bal­conies and ter­races. Le­vato Mono porce­lain pavers from Sur­face 360 can be in­stalled us­ing a pedestal and sup­port pad sys­tem, so they can be quickly laid over ex­ist­ing sur­faces, priced from £48 per m2.

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