Designer’s Choice – VaRa Garden Design

Designer’s Tips

  • Think big even in a small space
  • Create zones in a garden to entice the visitor in and beyond
  • Choose and use materials wisely. They can be used to affect direction, movement and speed of flow through a garden


“We were delighted when we discovered the Artisan Mirage Sandstone range from Global Stone.”

We were looking for a paving material to link the soft and hard landscaping elements of our garden, which we were due to showcase at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. on discovering this range, and in particular the colour castle grey, we knew we’d found the ideal stone. it offered a range of complementary colour tones which helped to link our other hard landscaping materials and provided a perfect subtle backdrop for our colourful planting. The look was sleek and contemporary whilst having a textural surface to ensure safety at all times; looking stylish in both the wet and dry.

Despite it being used in a relatively small space the generosity and varied dimensions of the stone added scale and flow through the garden, reinforcing our aim to not think small! When choosing hard landscaping products we find it’s vital to work with the products dimensions to get the most from the stone and so that cutting is kept to a minimum. soft landscaping can accommodate measurement tweaks much more easily!

We used a template to work out how best to lay the stone to maximise flow around corners while using as many of the larger pavers as possible to enhance the illusion of space.

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