The surfaces of a garden can act as a framework in the garden around which all other elements can flow. They can be designed so that they complement or contrast the planting, boundaries or structures; for example, the a rustic stepping-stone path would form a complementary element to a wildflower area, whilst the bold shape of a raised terrace would make a striking contrast with the softer lines of climbing plants.
Although the various surfaces can form an important part of the garden design, their principal quality is generally practical; a path leading to the front door, a patio on which to relax in the sun or steps to take you from one level to another.
This section looks at all the surface options that are available in the garden, complete with advice on how to install them. Whether you're building a deck, laying a path or installing a patio, you'll find a range of guides to ensure your project succeeds. There's also a section on surface materials with tips on how to work with bricks, paving slabs, concrete and crazy paving.