Rural garden landscaping with concrete pavers

Garden landscaping on a rural scale that's sympathetic to its surrounds

Large sweeping vistas are framed by the elegant garden landscaping as this country homestead settles perfectly into its surrounds.

your outdoor garden design starts here

Whether you’re thinking of taking on a rural property garden landscape or a courtyard garden redesign the best starting point for your outdoor design journey is looking through images and identifying what styles you like and what you don’t.

Think about how you’d like to use the space and what sort of overall effect you’re looking to create. Are you after a multifunctional courtyard or a calming, relaxing garden? Do you have a family to accommodate, or would you like to put in a pool? Thinking about these larger concepts at the beginning of your planning is crucial to ensure you design a garden space that complements your lifestyle and that can be used all year round.

Once you’ve worked out the overall aesthetics, it’s important to consider a few of the practicalities such as hard stone finishes. Think light, tumbled travertine and limestone pavers for beautiful fresh and airy courtyards, a dense granite or bluestone paver works beautifully around a BBQ entertaining area while cobblestones and pebbles are perfect to use in fluid designs with soft shapes and curved lines. Low retaining walls work wonders for breaking up a space and giving a garden levels and depth while higher stone walls can provide some privacy from your neighbours. Finish off the look with planting that complements both your design aesthetic and your lifestyle along with some comfortable outdoor furniture and your outdoor room is complete.

Don’t forget that the best way to really articulate what you’re looking for is to gather a whole bunch of garden landscape ideas before you talk to your landscape designer. Share what appeals to you and what kinds of things you think suit your home and lifestyle. They’ll then work with these ideas as the base for designing your outdoor space. And when it comes to outdoor paving ideas, the same is true. When you come into one of our design showrooms to choose your outdoor stone paving and tiles, show us the proposed designs for your space and some examples of what you do and don’t like so that we can help you pick out the outdoor paving that is best suited to your home.

Whether it’s sandstone or granite, pebbles or cobblestones, natural stone flooring and walling is always the best selection if you’re wanting to create a design that will complement the home, be sympathetic to wear and age beautifully. If you’ve had a good look through and you’re still not sure which outdoor paving ideas are best for your place, come and talk to us. And in the meantime, happy hunting.


Landscape Designer

Michael Cooke Garden Design