Garden advice - pavers

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    Hi!

    First post. I’ve moved apartments and finally got a small garden patch. Unfortunately it’s in shade most of the day as well as sitting on top of a garage, so a grass lawn is out of the question.
    I’ve more or less decided on stone pavers or something similar. Anyone have ideas? Oh, by the way, I want to go classic English ivy garden.

    Thanks in advance
    Marcus (Based in Sweden)
     
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      Since I did a patio with it at a previous house, I'm sold on Indian sandstone. It's beautiful. Not cheap, but lovely.
       
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        Many thanks!
         
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        Hi, Marcis. welcome to Gardeners Corner! Is there any chance that you could post a pic of your space??
         
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        Do consider rainwater run-off, which is becoming a real environmental issue as more and more people in towns and cities pave their gardens over. Front gardens: permeable paving / RHS Gardening

        Here when I took out a lawn I replaced it with a mixture of slabs and gravel laid over a textile membrane, which lets the water through. There are also permeable pavers, some very attractive ones out there now.
         
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          Hi! Of course, a bit dark but here you go!
           

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          Great, that will give the GC Gang, (of which you are now a member:love30::thumbsup:) to work on.
           
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          Need to be a bit cautious - it already has the stones on top - if you remove these will you disturb the fabric of the garage - if you slab over - will the roof take the weight?

          The roof will only take so much weight - so if you have slabs - you have less scope for heavy containers with soil.

          I remember someone on 'ere (can't remember who :redface:) mentioned that they used mirrors to reflect sunlight into the darker areas of their garden - which could give you greater scope when you are looking for plants. The other idea with mirrors is to use them to create the illusion of a larger space.

          Most of all....enjoy your garden :smile:.
           
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            Thanks for the input. Yep, already got stones but, in my opinion, they are hideously ugly :). There is a 15 cm layer of gravel underneath so if I’m careful and replace these stones with something equally or less heavy, I’ll be fine.

            Interesting idea with the mirrors, I’ll have a think about that one!
             
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            Lots of potential for your garden area. Are planning on having pots? Maybe hanging plants too and the trickle of water? I will be interested to see how it all develops :).
             
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            Hi! Still deciding on wooden planters or ones made of bricks. Definitely climbers/vines to cover that concrete wall. Will keep you guys posted!
             
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              Mirrors are an interesting idea, but you get a *lot* of reflected light just by painting a wall white. A bucket of white paint will give you a much brighter space for much less money. :)
               
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