There are many different styles of paving and patios including:- sandstone, preformed concrete blocks, stamped concrete, cobblestone, slate etc.
Retaining walls have their own personalities, whether from natural stones (large and small) preformed block, mortared rock, wood, concrete, exposed aggregate etc. Your overall landscape style will be a guide to the most suitable choice.
The strength and sense of longevity which are stated with stone paving and retaining walls speak for themselves. As master stone mason Bill Child would say, “It is a wonderful thing to think that what we are creating now will be in place long after we are gone.”