Cottage Garden Paving Materials
Selecting materials for cottage patios and paths
One of the greatest charms of an English garden is the winding stone paths that lead to secret garden rooms. They meander through lush and colorful plants, taking visitors on a journey of discovery.
Traditionally, cottage garden patios and paths are constructed of cobblestone or brick. However, these materials can be costly, difficult to install, and hard to maintain. Stamped concrete can be used to create paths with the same quaint character, but in a more cost and time effective fashion.
When using concrete as a paving material in an English garden consider the following design tips.
Concrete walkways and patio edges should be curved to help create an informal tone.
Additionally, concrete paths can be softened with plants that slightly overhang the edges.
The width of cottage garden paths should be varied depending on where they are headed and how many people will be walking along them. If a path is headed to a hidden retreat it should be roughly two feet wide, just wide enough for one guest. If a path is headed to a dining area it should be roughly five feet wide so that it can accommodate two guests walking side-by-side. A good rule of thumb is that if a path is heading to an intimate location it should be narrow, if it is heading to a social location it should be wide.
If you are drawn to the more natural look of paving that has plants growing up between it, you should consider concrete pavers. You can also pave paths with bark, gravel, or even grass.