Tuck a bench between planters for built-in shade. If you could use more shade in your patio, consider installing a bench nestled between a pair of big planters filled with trees. Check with your local garden center to choose a variety that does well in a pot and works with your climate.
Welcome friends with a curved border. Sharp, modern lines look crisp, but they are not for everyone. If you crave a softer look, try introducing a round shape to your patio with a gently curved bench made from stone or wood.
Give a petite patio a charming touch. Conjure up an English cottage by adding a classic stone wall and garden gate to a small back patio. For the finishing touch, plant an abundance of trailing flowers around the fence.
Define outdoor rooms with a series of rock walls. Multiple rock walls create a second home outdoors. Here low rock walls define an outdoor dining area, and beyond, a stone fireplace and an outdoor living room.
Landscape a terraced hillside. If your property includes a steeply sloping hillside, consider working with a landscape designer to create a terraced garden with stone walls. Terraced gardens are incredibly elegant and protect your site from erosion.
Increase front-yard living space with a low stone wall. Direct traffic to the door with a clear path, and use the stone walls to indicate the areas of the yard you want to keep more private. This is a backyard, but you can adapt the same approach out front.
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