Paving connects parts of a garden together. This one linked the decking to the dining area and the house itself. It follows the beautiful borders drawing you through the garden as it goes. Complexity adds depth making the garden feel larger still.
A feature I particularly liked was leaving certain slabs out of the paving, filling them in various creative ways instead. In one we placed an olive tree that would cascade over the slabs. You’ll see this in many places around the Mediterranean. They plant trees in the missing slabs on the sidewalk which softens the hard landscaping and adds height and effect into the space.
Frances then created a dragonfly slab using different coloured pebbles and it’s a great thing to do at home with the kids. Make sure you practice your design on sand before starting because you don’t want to be moving the pebbles once they have been placed in wet concrete! Then make a wooden mould to pour the concrete in. Family hand and footprints are always good or you could let the kids design something themselves adding pebbles, glass beads and similar items to create arty paving.