Garden Surfaces

Garden Surfaces

The surfaces of a garden can act as a framework in the garden around which all other elements can flow. They can be designed so that they complement or contrast the planting, boundaries or structures; for example, the a rustic stepping-stone path would form a complementary element to a wildflower area, whilst the bold shape of a raised terrace would make a striking contrast with the softer lines of climbing plants.

Although the various surfaces can form an important part of the garden design, their principal quality is generally practical; a path leading to the front door, a patio on which to relax in the sun or steps to take you from one level to another.

This section looks at all the surface options that are available in the garden, complete with advice on how to install them. Whether you're building a deck, laying a path or installing a patio, you'll find a range of guides to ensure your project succeeds. There's also a section on surface materials with tips on how to work with bricks, paving slabs, concrete and crazy paving.

Garden Decking
How to install and maintain slatted and parquet decking ...
Gravel Gardens
Creating an attractive, low-maintenance garden using gravel ...
Lawns
How to plan, create and maintain high quality, utility or sports lawns ...
Paths
How to install a range of different paths using materials such as gravel, brick and concrete ...
Patios & Terraces
Guides to planning, installing and renovating a patio or terrace ...
Steps
Our 'step-by-step' guide to building a set of stairs in the garden ...
Surface Materials
Find out about using and installing brick, concrete, tile and cobblestone surfaces ...