Posted: 10/04/2017 at 14:24
I would leave the paving. If weeds will grow in the cracks so will Creeping Thyme - get the weeds out and sprinkle lots and lots of Creeping Thyme seeds around. As has been said, lots of cottage garden plants and climbers in the raised bed above that nice curved wall, ferns at the foot of the wall. Then go to your local country auction house and buy lots of old chimney pots, stand pipes, sinks and old terracotta pots etc of all different sizes and heights for growing plants in and fill them full of plants - trailing campanulas, ivy leaved geraniums, prunella, Lady's mantle, there's loads of pretty things. Arrange them in groups/clusters of varied sizes.
Take up an area of paving and plant a pretty tree ... perhaps a fruit tree ... and get some attractive garden furniture ... some of that wrought iron style would look lovely Perhaps one of those wrought iron seats that goes around a tree trunk too .
Then just screen off the bin area by erecting some posts and large trellis panels and put containers with small climbers in against the trellis.
It'll look a picture
All that'll cost money, but it won't cost as much as taking up that paving and making something completely new.