Garden design tip 2: paving

If you are contemplating a garden makeover this spring one of the main items of work could be the renewal of your existing paving or indeed, if you have a new garden design, introducing some paving where none existed before (hope that doesn’t sound too obvious!).  Thankfully, there is an enormous range of paving materials available to the contemporary garden designer.  In addition to the huge choice of “ready-to-use” concrete paving manufactured by Irish paving suppliers, imported natural stone has become widely available.  This means that an almost bewildering variety of colours and textures are available garden designers at good value prices.

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Liscannor stone in Tim’s 2011 Bloom show garden

Furthermore, with environmental considerations coming to the fore coupled with a desire by consumers to support home-grown industry traditional Irish stones, such as Liscannor from Co. Clare and Kilkenny limestone have once again found a foothold in the market.   I just love the textures that the fossilisation gives to these stones – I used these slabs from Liscannor in my Bloom garden last year and they were a great talking point.

In truth, the “world-is-your-oyster” when it comes to picking stone and you are as well to plan a specific “stone-hunting” trip where you go to your local paving or patio centre to view what is on offer.  If you have a garden designer on board, take them along with you to and agree a selection together.

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Natural stone paving complementing decking in one of my garden designs

Alternatively garden festivals, such as Bloom, showcase different paving materials in the show gardens and you can quiz the designers about why they have used them – they are only delighted to talk to the punters!

  • There are many options available for landscapists who are looking for a good material for their paving needs. But natural stone paving which is proved as an extremely durable, long lasting, hard wearing and weather resistant material seem to be always the best choice.

    15th May 2012at3:03 am

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