8 versatile block paving patterns for driveways, patios and pathways

Beautiful spring garden with colourful tulips and muscari and block paver walkway
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Think block paving patterns, and you might not feel they're the most visually stimulating element of a garden. Their incredible durability tends to be their selling point, but in fact, it's possible to create a scheme that is attractive as well as functional.

"Block paving is a very versatile option for any outdoor project. It’s great for patios and pathways but is more commonly used for driveway materials as it’s designed to deal with vehicles and heavier traffic than patio slabs and flags," explains Alice Turner, Product Specialist for Marshalls.

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Ben Willis

Ben Willis is a Director at Willis & Stone, where he supports customers to achieve their ideal home and garden, with a focus on tiles and flooring.

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Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernandez, Marketing Director, Quorn Stone carries a wealth of experience and expertise from sourcing premium tiles globally, Isabel’s extensive knowledge within the industry establishes her as a trustworthy voice, offering insights ranging from the latest trends to comprehensive product advice.

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Tom Clifford

Tom has been in the garden landscaping business for over 13 years making him an expert in garden design, lawn care and maintenance. He is the director of Gardenstone Limited a garden landscaping materials company.

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Alice Turner

Alice is a product specialist at Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping supplier.

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Jane Dobbs

Responsible for leading the gardening team at Allan's Gardeners, a landscaping and garden maintenance, business who do patio and driveway maintenance and installation. She has 10 years experience as a gardener.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.