To achieve this, a grid was marked out and terracotta paving squares were laid in groups of four, about 20 centimetres apart (make sure the groupings are large enough to accommodate your table, chairs and feature pots).

Greek oregano and peppermint were planted between the squares – not only do they look pretty, they keep the dining area smelling sweet.

The space created measures three metres square.

What you will need

  • String
  • Wood dowl
  • Rubber mallet
  • 1 can of spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Level
  • 3m square x 50mm blue metal aggregate
  • 3m square x 30mm layer of paving sand
  • Dry cement for sprinkle over top
  • * Consult a hardware specialist to help with quantities
  • Tape measure
  • 36 x 40cm terracotta paver squares
  • Potting mix
  • Greek oregano, peppermint or you could use Korean or Mondo grass
  • Water
  • Trowel


*Consider hiring a specialist for this very labourious work. If you do it yourself, you will have to consider disposing of the dirt that is excavate.

Mark, excavate, fill & sprinkle

Mark positions of the paving squares with stringlines and spray paint. Excavate paving beds, about 70mm deep. Fill with a 50mm layer of compacted blue metal aggregate and a 30mm layer of paving sand to create a stable base. Sprinkle dry cement on top.

Place paver & level

Place the pavers on top of dry cement and level with a rubber mallet. Ensure paving squares are 20cm apart – leave approximately 10cm around the perimeter.

Fill gaps & water

Continue until finished, checking the levels and heights. Fill gaps with potting mix and plant grass, oregano or peppermint. Water thoroughly.