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Top garden paving ideas for your garden this summer

Garden paving doesn’t just look great, and it also adds a practical dimension to your garden. Hardwearing and accessible paths, walkways and patios mean you can enjoy your garden all the more when the sun starts to shine.

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Now’s the perfect time to get your garden ready for long summer days and outdoor dining.

Garden paving doesn’t just look great, and it also adds a practical dimension to your garden. Hardwearing and accessible paths, walkways and patios mean you can enjoy your garden all the more when the sun starts to shine.

And you don’t have to be limited to traditional square or rectangular paving slabs arranged in a grid. Your garden is an extension of your home and should reflect your personality and sense of style. There’s a huge array of exciting and inspiring patio and paving ideas that could breathe a whole new lease of life into your garden.

If you want to give your garden a new look this summer, here are some garden paving ideas to get you started.

Small patio ideas

Paving ideas for your garden

Your patio needs to fit in with the shape and size of your garden. If your outdoor space is on the smaller side, paving is a great way to make the most of it.

To create a feeling of space, try using a mix of paving block sizes, and ensure that your chosen paving compliments your pots and garden furniture.

Raised patio ideas

Creating a raised patio area will, quite literally, take your garden paving to a whole new level! This is a particularly good approach if your garden is larger since it allows you to distinguish between your paved seating area and the rest of the space.

To get creative with your garden, explore our raised patio ideas article.

Raised patio ideas

Ideas for raised patios

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Concrete patio ideas

Concrete is a traditional and versatile choice for your garden paving. Creating smooth clean lines, concrete can be used to create a wide variety of shapes and designs. And if you don’t find the classic light grey finish appealing, tints can be added to transform the finished look to almost any colour.

Other benefits of concrete patios? They are durable and relatively cheap. You can also add textures and patterns. Want to see what you could do with concrete, read our latest article on concrete patio ideas.

Ideas for concrete patios

Concrete patio ideas

Flagstone patio ideas

Flagstone patios are relatively easy to lay and look great, especially if you’re going for a classic patio look. Flagstones are available in a range of stones, including limestone, slate and sandstone. There’s a huge array of natural tones and colours too, from greys and blues, through to reds and browns.

Flagstones can be laid in a variety of layouts. Think circular and rectangular patterns, or even randomised, path-like patterns if you’re going for a less structured look. Get inspired further with our detailed article on flagstone patio ideas.

Flagstone patio ideas Ideas for flagstone patios

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Mosaic patio ideas

Mosiac paving

If you’re looking for something a bit different, why not opt for a mosaic patio? Whether you choose muted tones or bright, intricate designs, this is a fabulous way to ensure your patio stands out!

While you can still follow the traditional route of creating your own mosaics by arranging small pieces of glass, tile, stone or ceramics, many suppliers now sell mosaic tiles in a wide range of colours, styles and designs. Head to Pinterest to get inspired and then unleash your creativity.

Cheap garden paving ideas

Brick paving is one of the hardiest and easiest installations on the market. Whether you go DIY or hire a professional to lay down your floor, it’s a great option for those on a budget.

What’s more, brick paving comes in an array of designs and colours. Who says you need to keep things uniform? Mix it up with red, black, white and mottled bricks. Create mosaics, borders, edges and curves. And never assume brick = boring again.

If you want to know how much brick paving might set you back, check out our block paving cost guide.

Simple and affordable paving ideas

Tiled walkway in lush garden

We love a stepping stone at Checkatrade. They take us back to our childhood when we’d jump from slab to slab and avoid the ground (aka, the ocean or lava).

Why not unleash your inner child onto your garden with this whimsical paving design?

Stone slabs are easy to install, hardy, and come in various budget-friendly prices. These are of a limestone variety, and this fairy forest tiled walkway is the perfect addition to any garden – but especially one with Neoregelia plants.

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Simple and cheap garden path ideas

Simple and cheap garden path ideas

If you’re hoping to keep things plain and simple when it comes to your garden path, then contrast is key.

You don’t want a plain and boring paving design in your garden. No one does. And keeping things simple doesn’t mean forgoing style.

To create character, pick two clashing textures and bring them together for perfect harmony. For example, these wooden stepping boards laid over white and grey gravel creates a beautiful contrast. It’s simple without being dull. It’s elegant without being plain.

What more could you ask for?

Cheap walkway ideas

Cheap walkway ideas

When we hear the word ‘contemporary’ we hear clean lines, style, class and EXPENSE. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Creating a contemporary style on a budget is possible, and here’s how.

  1. Add raised planters – whether upcycled, DIY’ed or repurposed – to create green boundaries in your garden
  2. Lay budget-friendly concrete paving slabs on either side of the planters (leave the middle free)
  3. Fill the middle section between the planters (the bit you’ll walk through) with natural gravel
  4. Add longer concrete paving slabs in uniformed rows. These are your stepping stones
  5. Admire your handiwork

Walkway ideas on a budget

Walkway ideas on a budget

If you’re not the landscaping type, there’s a really easy way to create a walkway in your garden.

A gravel path.

Now, I know you’re thinking a simple gravel path is dull, but it doesn’t have to be. Allowing it to curve will create interest. Adding edging and borders will give it more interest. Lining it with solar lights will give it—

You get the gist.

And don’t forget to check out our concrete edging cost guide if you’d like to see how much edging might set you back.

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Inexpensive walkway ideas

Easy and inexpensive garden paving ideas

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again.

Add texture for interest.

This keen gardener has built the perfect example of how to add layers and create character on a relatively low budget. The traditional red and white paving cobbles on the driveway are bordered by brick edging. The top tier is then filled with gravel, which makes way for box hedges – a much-needed injection of greenery.

You can use this concept with various other materials. However, the principle remains the same: keep things interesting by adding details and textures.

Cheap garden edging ideas

Cheap garden edging ideas

There are so many ways to add edging to your garden and benefit from the neat and tidy finish it offers.

  • A simple edging tool that allows you to cut shapes in your grass, which is great for adding curves to flowerbeds
  • Bamboo edging
  • Reclaimed wood borders
  • Planters
  • Gravel
  • Stone, brick or concrete blocks
  • Gabion walls

Why not experiment by combining two of these ideas for a unique finish?

Once you’ve chosen your garden paving design, it’s time to start planning the work. To get the results you want, it’s always worth calling in the professionals and having the work done by a paving specialist.

Check out our checked and vetted traders to find someone local to you, and don’t forget you can video call them to discuss your ideas and plans for later in the year.

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