Garden Design Ideas: Patios and Lawns
The question facing anyone engaged in creating a new garden or redesigning an existing one is whether to put some of it down to grass and if so, how much; or whether to opt for some kind of more permanent covering – such as bricks,or concrete – which, once laid, remains practically trouble-free.
Much will depend on the size of the plot involved and the amount of wear and tear the garden is likely to get. For a really small plot, paving might well be the better choice, especially for gardeners who are also pet lovers or the parents of small children. A paved area adjacent to the house makes a useful place for relaxation, for outdoor meals and barbecues and as a summer parking place for prams and playpens.
Such areas should be sited to the south or west of the house, wherever possible, in order to enjoy the maxi-mum warmth and sunshine. To speak of ‘’ and ‘ ’ may sound rather pretentious but don’t let this deter you, however small your garden may be. One of the most attractive ‘gardens’ I have ever seen was little more than a small back-yard, only a few metres in area. It adjoined an old house in Chichester and had been transformed by its owner into a perfect place for relaxation by the skilful blending of old paving slabs, wall shrubs and plus the careful positioning of two stone plant containers and a bird bath of classic design. This, indeed, was the labour-saving garden par excellence.