When designing a garden or yard, don’t forget the non plant elements, or hard landscaping, like garden paving. They may not be your first thought as a gardener but don’t let them be an afterthought. The right paving and design can really make the space. There’s no reason to go traditional either. Use these fun garden paving and design ideas as a starting point for your own creativity.
Using Paving in the Garden
Also known as hardscaping, including paving in the landscape adds a contrast to plants and beds and also fills practical needs. Paving includes any non-plant material, usually hard but sometimes rubbery or soft. Garden paving can be made from a number of materials:
Rubber Recycled materials
Constructing with paving isn’t difficult, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. For instance, it’s important to have a plan and mark it out in the space. Don’t try to freestyle or you’ll end up starting over again. You also need to excavate the soil to create an even surface and include a solid base with something like gravel.
Unique Paving Ideas
Landscapers most often use garden paving to create patio flooring and walkways, but don’t let this limit you. There are many interesting garden paving ideas from which to take inspiration for a unique creation. Also, consider different types of garden paving stones that will make the design special.
Build a patio with beds. Create a paver patio with permanent beds in it. Just leave some spaces open and use these as planters to green up the patio.
Let the grass grow. A great trend in hard landscaping that is also environmentally friendly is using paving with grass. A solid patio or walkway doesn’t let rainwater soak into the soil and causes runoff. Paving with holes in them for grass to grow or well spaced paving let the water run through and creates a softer look in the garden.
Use river rocks. Garden paving stones you’ll find at the garden center are pretty standard, so try using river rocks. It will take more time to fit them together in the right way, but the look is truly unique.
Create terraces. A yard with a hill can be a challenge, but garden paving can break up the space. Cut terraces into the hill and use paving vertically on the front edge of each. This creates a set of grassy steps, which you can leave as turf or turn into perennial beds or rock gardens.
Get creative with patterns. Even with standard garden paving from the garden center, you can get crazy with the design. Planning is key here, but you can design swirls, circles, geometric squares, and more with simple paving.
Make structures with paving. Don’t limit garden paving to paths and patios. Use them to create garden structures including walls, fountains, and even solid seating.