I am advising my friend who has a victorian town house with concrete back patio leading to the rest of the garden. We both know that a proper patio would be best, but she's not sure she wants to spend the money right now as she may move in a few years' time.
The patio is in the shade between the side of a garage and a brick boundary wall. I have found an article on putting pavers on top a bit like stepping stones, with slate chippings or gravel in between, which I thought was perfect. But the space is pretty big really - it's quite irregular, so gravel would be useful, but unless we get a lot of pavers in there will be a lot of gravel - not so convenient for the plant pots she has.
Any ideas on this? Do you think pavers and gravel could work?
I know this is gardening on a shoestring - however any ideas appreciated.