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Designing your garden offers you the chance to create a special place for you to relax and enjoy. With plenty of options to bring character and colour to your garden, we’re here to look at the best methods designers and homeowners use, when deciding which pathway and patio styles suit their garden.


There are multiple materials available for your patio slabs, and each one has its individual benefits and characteristics.

Natural Stone

Natural stone benefits from unique colour tones and patterns in each slab. This means that your patio or pathway will be different to any other one in the world. It is frost resistant, which is great, as you won’t need to worry about damage to the surface during the long, cold winter months. Not only is it frost resistant, it is also very easy to clean. This can save time and allow you to easily maintain your patio’s beauty. Natural stone materials include:


  • A range of colours that make it perfect for modern and more traditional gardens. For a more contemporary finish, consider polished sandstone.


  • Limestone looks very clean and because of its natural hues, it’s perfect for contributing to the feel of your garden without taking the spotlight of your garden.


  • Granite is consistent throughout and through using its sharp lines and edges, it is great for contemporary garden patios and pathways.


  • The recognisable dark grey of slate will stand out from the rest of the garden, which is great for adding contrast to your space.

Patterns and Designs

If you’re not looking for square slabs and uniformity. Take a look at these patio and pathway designs, that can be easily laid to give your garden extra edge.

Circular Patterns and Corners

  • You can create these patterns and embed them into the path and patio themselves, or you can use them in an isolated manner to create a standout feature in your garden.

Mixed Size Patio Slabs

  • Combine slabs of different sizes and shapes to make an eye catching design for your asymmetrical, contemporary look.


  • An alternative path that will also look great in your garden, is through using ‘planks’ of stone rather than traditional slabs. This can be aligned perfectly, or deliberately asymmetrical in order to create an attractive route through your garden.


Before you begin to lay your desirable patio or pathway, you need to have a solid foundation on which to build it. If not, you risk hindering your project, or completely ruining it. Thompson and Parkes will provide you with high quality garden concrete that will suite your garden’s needs. We will provide you with the concrete advice needed to ensure that you can complete your project safely and effectively.

Pop into our store today or alternatively call 01562 745881 for any help.

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