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