how to landscape around a paver patio

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Paver patios add a beautiful spot for homeowners to enjoy their time spent in their backyard, but on their own concerete pavers ( or brick pavers) can look hard and colorless. After adding furnishings and lighting, there can still feel like there is something missing to your outdoor living space. This is where landscaping can come in.

Paver patios are usually flat and need landscaping around the entire patio to frame it. The surrounding landscaping, such as patio edging or paver walkways, adds depth, contrast, and color to your outdoor living space, and gives you something to look at and enjoy, rather than starting at your concrete patio, front yard or a fence.

How to landscape around your paver patio

The first step of figuring out your landscape design is what the “purpose” of your patio is going to be. Is it going to be a place for you to entertain guests around a fire pit with an outdoor kitchen, or is it more of a relaxing spot?

Once you have the “purpose” of your paver patio, you can look for inspiration around it.

A great way to dress up your paver patio is to add seating with pavers. Paving stones can be made into seating walls as part of your patio installation,  that go around the perimeter of your patio, and defines the area. The seating can be made super comfy quickly with pillows, and rugs to make the spot look warm, comfortable, and inviting to sit on.

A fire pit can be built out of patio pavers to tie in the look of hardscape all together, and is a place that most guests love to congregate to after dinner. This also ties in the look of all of the hardscape materials and any natural stone you may have. 

Accent borders with different patio paver styles and colors add texture and contrast to the outdoor space, so that it looks more natural. Do not forgot to consider how your paver patio is going to match with your home. It should be an extension of your home and should complement the space. Think about colors, and designs that will compliment your home, rather than making your outdoor space look out of place.

If you have a paver walkway of a paver path that leads you to your patio, start your landscape there. Trees lining the paver walkway or borders of flowers will naturally lead guests to your paver patio, and will make them feel like they are entering a private space. Small retaining wall gardens also add a look of richness to the space. 


Add color, depth and contrast to your outdoor space

Adding color, depth and contrast to your outdoor living space is easily done with flowers, and although simple, will drastically change the look of your outdoor space. Choose different types of flowers of all varying shapes and heights. Certain colors pair well together, such as cool colors acting as a backdrop against more warm colors, like oranges, yellows, and reds.

Don’t forget that your hardscape materials can also help to frame your patio and the landscaping around it. Pavers come in so many different colors, shapes and sizes and can be used for a sidewalk or a paver walkway around your paver patio. Using different shaped pavers or colors draws the eye to the landscape on and around the patio. Think about curving your paver walkway to add even more depth. 

Each homes landscaping is its own unique canvas, and the possibilities for homeowners are endless when it comes to decorating your outdoor living space how you want it.