Patio blocks and pavers come in a wide array of colors, textures, styles and materials, from round pebble textured concrete to real stone blocks and bricks. With so much variety widely available, there is a style to match most homes and tastes. The juxtaposition of stone or concrete with living plants can combine to make useful and beautiful features for your garden or inviting spaces for entertaining guests outdoors.
Double Spiral Flower Bed
Arrange round patio block pavers as a spiral walkway leading to a bench or other feature. Start by marking out the spiral using string or a long garden hose. Remember to make it wide enough to gracefully accommodate the pavers with plenty of turning space or you may make yourself dizzy walking the path. Lay out the pavers along the spiral, clearing and leveling the surface for each. Plant a flower border on one side, so that it spirals in along with the path. Place a circular patio area made from pavers in the center of the spiral and add a bench or small garden pool for a restful destination.
Purchase concrete patio blocks in several closely related colors (grays or browns, but usually not both together). Wear safety goggles and break them into smaller pieces with a hammer. (You might also try dropping them on a rock.) Arrange the individual pieces in prepared ground with spaces between to form faux flagstones for patios, walkways, driveway or entertainment areas in the landscape. For a more upscale look, use broken slate, sandstone or other real stone blocks the same way.
Purchase two colors (or textures) of square patio blocks and arrange in a grid, alternating colors to create a giant checkerboard on the lawn. Plant a low growing, fragrant herb such as creeping thyme or sweet woodruff between the pavers. Make the border of contrasting, narrow pavers, and use rounded river rocks in two colors as game pieces. It doubles as an area for outdoor entertaining.
Dry stack concrete blocks to create a low wall (holes facing upward, and two to three blocks high maximum) against a slope or swale. Stack old brick pavers in front of the blocks to build a rustic façade. Fill in and behind the concrete blocks with dirt, and plant English ivy, arching grasses or flowers inside. Allow the vines or other plants to cascade over the brick pavers to soften the surface and give a pretty, old English garden feel to the space.
Raised Beds and Edging
Turn thin stone or concrete blocks sideways and partially embed in soil to create quick, low, raised beds for flowers or vegetables. Use them the same way, but placed diagonally on edge, to make attractive edging for flowerbeds and walkways. Surround trees the same way to avoid damage to trunks from weed whips.