Hi. We moved into a beautiful Victorian townhouse last year and because it had been empty for some time, the garden was an absolute jungle. I spent the summer hacking back, thinning out, weeding, throwing, and just associating myself with the space. I got things clear enough to sit out in, just as summer drew to a close! As winter has driven back a lot of the foliage, I've really had a chance to see what I'm dealing with and the biggest, ugliest issue of them all is the 'standard' 400mm square paving slabs that have been used to pave the entire courtyard. Some of them are 'nicely patina'd' and have some degree of moss and lichen growing on them to detract from their starkness, but there is still no getting away from their brutal ugliness. As it's a rented house, I don't want to replace them, so I wondered if anyone had any ideas on how to soften their impact. They are (mostly) butted up really close to each other and some are mortared between the joints, so I'd struggle to plant Thyme or other herbs between them. I've wondered about brushing some soil & wildflower mix into the gaps and cracks that ARE visible, but didn't know if that would work? I'm looking for quite a wildflower/ cottage garden feel anyway, so any ideas along these lines would be great. I'd also like to break up the monotonous 'grid like' pattern they're laid in, so any suggestions about removing odd slabs and planting in between would also be greatly appreciated.