Friday Idea File: It’s all about paving

Stained concrete, Lane garden, Seattle

When a paving geek like me visits a garden, camera in hand, you can be sure that some shots will be about what’s underfoot. So this Friday’s Idea File focuses on the hardscaping under the snow.

As you can see, you don’t have to settle for standard unit paver patterns or materials. Nor does it have to be expensive – see my own quick paving fix from this summer. Some captions here have links to follow for more views. We’ve collected more ideas on our Toronto Gardens Facebook Page.

Which do you like best?

Etched concrete – you can use this technique to update existing concrete.
A little bit of Zen in an east-end Toronto garden (and note the red-painted steps)
Nice mix of limestone and brick in this Parkdale garden, Toronto
Emphasis reversed – brick, with slate set on its side. Exposed aggregate in the concrete makes the path less slippy.
Dunn Gardens, Seattle WA
Recycled oddments blend the driveway into the mulched trail. Kate Farley’s garden, Seattle.
Great texture, with integrated grass (other squares included gravel) in the Pump House garden in Dallas, TX. Next door, the Garden on Turtle Creek by Michael van Valkenburgh was a paving idea extravaganza.


    1. I agree. When we installed our concrete steps, I looked into staining it, and might do still. I don't know if I'm brave enough to go for the rich colour in this garden, though. A real statement.

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