Queens ParkContemporary Patio, London

Inspiration for a contemporary back patio in London with tiled flooring and no cover. —  Houzz
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Claudia De Yong Garden Design added this to Can I Have a Lawn-free Garden That’s Kind to the Environment?21 Jan 2019

Cover shady areas It can be difficult for grass to flourish in patches that get little sun, but there are various plants that do well in shady areas and can act as a soft, spreading lawn. Ajuga reptans, for example, is a great plant for shady areas of the garden and is usually grown for its evergreen foliage rather than the flower. However, in late spring and early summer, you’ll be delighted by the short spikes of deep blue-violet flowers. This plant makes a lovely low-maintenance ground cover to keep your space green. A good choice would be Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’, which can also tolerate sunlight. Pratia pedunculata has tiny, pretty, star-shaped blue flowers. However, it can be very invasive and many people complain they can’t get rid of it once it’s entered the garden.The mat-forming and evergreen Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) is also a great plant for shady areas. It flowers in the summer, producing upright clusters of tiny white flowers, but most of the year you’re blessed with rosettes of dark-green leaves serrated at the edges. This plant does very well in areas of bare ground between deciduous shrubs and trees.

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Lucy Searle added this to Dreamy Garden Dining Spots to Lure You Outdoors All Year Round7 Feb 2018

Pick the perfect materialChoosing your garden furniture is about striking a fine balance between comfort, store-ability and good looks. But getting the material right for its setting is vital, too. Here, timber is easily the best option, because it’s the perfect contrast to the harder, less-forgiving materials – the stone and metal – used in the landscaping.

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Kate Burt added this to Some of the Dreamiest Outdoor Dining Spots on Houzz22 Mar 2017

Tap into textureThe striking oxidised metal walls are (almost) the star of this outdoor dining spot, just as a feature wallpaper might be in an indoor eating area. But what really makes this impressive garden sparkle are the textural and visual contrasts. The peekaboo panel in the right-hand wall panel allows for a lush collision of burnt orange and vivid green. While on the ground, the planting amid the smooth floor tiles gives height and tactility – for a similar effect, avoid grass and look into lawns made from alternatives including clover, Irish moss or camomile.

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Patricia Tyrrell Living Landscapes added this to 10 Expert Design Tips to Get the Most From Your Lawn15 Jun 2016

Try an alternative to grassHow’s this for a different approach to a compact garden space? Create a green carpet with some low-growing perennials and save on the cost and space needed for a lawnmower. An expanse of chamomile or thyme would be a lovely and fragrant alternative where there’s not too much foot traffic, too. Here, Vinca minor (periwinkle) is used as an alternative to grass to soften and connect the upper and lower spaces.Find 10 more gorgeous ways to go grass free

fishertomlinbowyer
Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer added this to Ask a Garden Designer: How Can I Make My Small Garden Look Bigger?12 Nov 2015

Go with a green carpetLots of books will insist you can’t fit a lawn into a small garden. While you probably don’t want to have to store a lawn mower when space is tight, you can get a lush, green carpet by planting a ground-cover plant, such as this vinca. It might not stand very heavy wear, but that’s why the owner has placed some simple stepping stones through the plants to make it an easy walk down to the dining area.

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WORKSHOP 108 added this to garden19 Aug 2019

Cover shady areas It can be difficult for grass to flourish in patches that get little sun, but there are various plants that do well in shady areas and can act as a soft, spreading lawn. Ajuga reptans, for example, is a great plant for shady areas of the garden and is usually grown for its evergreen foliage rather than the flower. However, in late spring and early summer, you’ll be delighted by the short spikes of deep blue-violet flowers. This plant makes a lovely low-maintenance ground cover to keep your space green. A good choice would be Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’, which can also tolerate sunlight. Pratia pedunculata has tiny, pretty, star-shaped blue flowers. However, it can be very invasive and many people complain they can’t get rid of it once it’s entered the garden. The mat-forming and evergreen Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) is also a great plant for shady areas. It flowers in the summer, producing upright clusters of tiny white flowers, but most of the year you’re blessed with rosettes of dark-green leaves serrated at the edges. This plant does very well in areas of bare ground between deciduous shrubs and trees.

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cbritten added this to Garden18 Aug 2019

Grey slate flags and stepping stones with ground cover

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B W added this to Garden Inspiration3 Jun 2019

like the ground cover, stone and wood in this design

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