The material used should be in harmony with the style of our garden. Stone slabs fit perfectly into Victorian gardens, and granite cubes will emphasize the rustic character of older gardens.
On the other hand, wooden platforms are an ideal element in gardens designed in a modern style. Bricks, which we can arrange in various patterns, they are useful for communication paths. But let's make sure, are they made of frost-resistant material – otherwise they will crack on the first winter.
Large stone slabs require appropriate foundations. Concrete slabs imitating natural stone are also available. Despite the enormous progress in the production of concrete products, nothing can replace the natural material! Sometimes there is an opportunity to purchase a recycled stone, but often these stones have only one surface equal, which makes them difficult to arrange.
Some materials become slippery when exposed to moisture, especially in shaded areas, e.g.. under the trees. Wood and smooth tiles are not suitable for paving paths running in such places. Then it is worth deciding on concrete products, which are definitely less slippery.
The paths do not have to be made of traditional materials - the only limitation here is our own imagination! In the garden of Hildegard Holt, in the south of London, we find a long path, which gradually narrows towards the end, optically extending the perspective, where we can admire the wonderful underwater scenes. Colorful fish and starfish swim among the tentacles of huge octopuses stretching almost the entire length of the path.
The owner plans to extend it and decorate it with the image of a crocodile made of glass beads. The handwritten path design was first created on paper, then Hildegard, with the help of friend Memeth Hassan, she made it herself, without initially marking the path with rope and stakes. Najpierw wybrała ziemię na głębokość 15 cm and the thus formed bed she poured out with a layer of debris, which she then carefully churned. She worked the concrete by hand and poured little by little, so that patterns can be formed, until it freezes. Hildegard used a lot of recycled materials. Vertically arranged roof tiles, which remained after the renovation of the roof, surrounded by fish filled with glass beads. Ceramic tiles And a generous gift from a son, which previously completed the renovation of the kitchen – fill empty spaces or cover bricks, forming a blue and white border of the path. Elegant blue and white fish are made of ceramic tiles, which previously covered the bench. The author only bought sand, cement, pebbles and glass beads. Hildegard, who professionally makes clay pots, she made small fish herself, which she placed on the tiles embedded in concrete. The path is very easy to maintain. The mosaic texture makes, that it is not slippery in the rain, and autumn leaves or dust can be easily wiped off. Such paths are great for places, which we do not use regularly. However, they will not work as communication paths, often frequented, after which we often push loaded wheelbarrows in front of us.