What sizes of paving slab to use in your garden design?

So you have picked out your paving stone but what size of slab do you go for?

The Love-hate relationship between high heels and cobbles

The size of your paving slabs will obviously be determined by the look that you are trying to achieve.  I find that as a general rule-of-thumb, smaller sizes will work best for more intricate designs.

I also feel that it is best to use a single type of paving but to avoid monotony another material can be added to frame or subtly divide up an area or to provide a contrast with the main material.  For example, large paving slabs can work well when set-off by smaller setts.

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Paving in Streamstown park designed by Austen Associates landscape architecture

Handily, many types of patio paving are supplied in packs with (often) three sizes of slab that work well together: 30x30cm, 30x60cm, 60cm x 60cm and 60x90cm.  These sizes work well for patio or terrace layouts at the scale of most gardens.

However, be warned…think carefully about the intended use of an area when selecting your surface.  For example, never choose to pave an area in rustic cobbles  when the area is to be used for frequent walking over, as these are just awkward, especially in a pair of high heels (so I have been told!).

Finally, remember many types of natural stone are porous so if you are going to be fixing your moped on the patio, changing oil and the like then apply a sealer to the paving surface.

I would love to get your comments on different types of paving, their use and maintenance? 😉

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