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What Are the Best Brick Patterns for Landscaping Projects?

Brick landscaping takes many forms including laying terraces, driveways, paths and patios. Although the commonest brick pattern you will see is running bond – the sort that is most frequently used for walls – this overlapping style is not the only one around. In fact, bricklaying services companies use a variety of different patterns to create distinctive effects when they are laying bricks on the ground. What are the best ones to choose from for your landscaping project?

Basket Weave 

This is one of the most common types of brick landscaping pattern that is widely used in Europe. It is good for patios and will work well with rectangular paving slabs as well as brickwork. With a basket weave, you lay bricks on their sides next to one another to make a square. The four squares adjacent from the first one are also made up of two bricks next to one another - only these are set to a perpendicular orientation. This way, you create a half-chequerboard sort of design for your patio. Use it if your landscaping project will be set out over a square or rectangular area, for example, one that is right next to the wall of your home.

Stack Bonding

Although there is not much difference between a stock bonded pattern and a running board one, the visual effect is striking. Perhaps this is because stack bonding so seldom used with vertically laid bricks. Not as strong as a running board in a wall, stack bonded bricks are fine when used to make a terrace or a walkway. You lay the bricks down in a strict grid formation without the overlapping rows that you'd find with a running board pattern. This look is great in homes which favour both modern and minimalist design ethoses.

Flemish Bonding

With a Flemish bond, you alternate between a whole brick and a half brick ifn each row. This breaks up the uniformity of the brickwork and means that you get an attractive look that is ideal for pathways, for example. The rows of this pattern are offset from one another so that each half brick has a whole brick beneath and over it.


This is one of the most popular sorts of brickwork pattern that is used for driveways today. Herringbone means laying bricks at right angles to one another so that you form a zigzag with each row. The strength of this design – as well as its strident look – means that it is often used for flooring. You can drive over it again and again without worrying, too.