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Billy Goodnick
Lola154: Each of the materials you mention have an appropriate place in landscape designs. I'm not sure what you mean by "fake." A brick is a brick, a paver is a paver -- they look like what they are and each has been used quite effectively in thousands of applications. The key for selecting any material starts, as I noted in this ideabook, with selecting the one that will do the best job in the location you're using them.

I'm just completing a large job using pavers and they look fabulous with a recently remodeled contemporary style home. By the same token, if I had a classic craftsman-style project, I'd prefer to use materials that were used in that style's period: probably brick or natural stone, budget permitting.

As for wear, I would look for how the material you're interested in holds up in your region. But well manufactured materials should give you a long life. You get what you pay for and lots of the "sale" stuff at big box stores, etc. is not worth the time and money. At least that's been the experience of clients I've had to "rescue."

I think the key thing for any of these materials is to seek the highest level of craftsmanship. Even the most elegant, luxurious materials can look inappropriate if the workmanship is lacking. I know this is a somewhat vague answer, but I hope it helps.
July 21, 2013 at 4:54pm     
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Monarch Stone International
Great options and sound advice Billy. In a traditional landscape setting, old reclaimed cobblestone is a great edging material when using loose material like decomposed granite or gravel. There is even old reclaimed curb material that has a more continuous line that will add refinement and keep the loose material in place.
September 11, 2013 at 7:17am     
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