Concrete + Slate: A Garden Design Cost Saver

Even more so than normal, my clients want to explore cost alternatives.  Understandable. So when I saw this clever design, I immediately filed it away in my possible garden design savings ideas folder (in my brain).

Poured concrete is by comparison to others, a rather inexpensive paving option.  But poured concrete looks like, well, poured concrete.  Yes, I know it can be stamped and stained and all sorts of things, but it is still concrete and I personally prefer a material to celebrated for what it is, rather than to try and make it resemble something it isn’t.   I have yet to meet a client that doesn’t prefer the look of natural stone, so this seems like a great way to rein in costs that looks great too.

concrete and slate - inexpensive walkway upgrade

concrete and slate laid together for a cost effective way to upgrade a walkwayThe mix of concrete with squares of slate actually makes the slate look better, don’t you think? I am trying to envision this with all slate and I really think it would not be as nice. Having the break between the slate and the containers make you notice more how well they play together. Yeah! for Nicholas Forbes Thayer at Late Afternoon Gardens for a great design.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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