From square slab to elongated hexagonal
micearguers Posts: 605
Over lockdown I changed our path of re-used square slabs. The path was very useful in protecting our lawn from becoming a clayy muddy mess over winter, but I didn't like the look of it:
After experimenting (shading slabs using charcoal) I liked the look obtained by shaving off the corners such that the slab matches half of a hexagon on both sides, with a band in the middle:
The elongated hexagonal shape counteracts a bit the perceived compression one gets from the perspective view (the slabs in the far distance hadn't been done yet). The plan is to have low-growing plants (e.g. thyme, aceana, erodium, leptinella) between the slabs and to the left, transitioning into lawn on the right. The transitioning is a bit of a poblem, but I'll be fighting for the team on the left and I'm using a sunken barrier to hold back the grass. It was a bit of a job shearing off the corners with an angle grinder, but these guiding casings at least made the cuts easy:
I didn't cut them off cleanly, but made a groove about half the depth of the slab (leading to the second picture) and then used a mallet to tap and take the corner bits off. View from above (with some annual filler tagetes alongside), benefiting from some good autumn colours:
What a beautiful garden. 🙂
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.