The lawn in our old garden was shaded for half the year and although we loved the open space, it only really looked good in the summer. So in Spring 2017, I redesigned the garden and removed the lawn, then included space-saving, wildlife friendly and low maintenance elements.
The terrace runs full width across the garden and is paved with porcelain tiles. The tiles are really easy to keep as they only need a sweep down to keep them tidy, and as they're vitrified, they don't attract algae so it's not slippery. The porcelain tiles are 'Limerick' from CED.
The paths in the upper part of the garden are laid in a herringbone pattern using CED's 'Lopik" from their Dutch Paviors range. This change of material creates a more informal feel between the planting.
There are two water features shown here: the first is a 1.2m reflecting pool in Corten Weathered Steel by The Pot Company, but I found that the water constantly looked rusty so I replaced with a 1.2m bespoke bronze-resin water feature with a small bubble fountain by Lucy Smith.