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AFTER: New Curving Gravel PathTraditional Landscape, Portland

View of curved gravel path toward the backyard, showing boulder placement and plantings. Curves are anchored with strategically placed 'Winterred' and 'Hogyoku' Japanese maples. Along the path are plantings of Black Mondo Grass, Epimedium, red penstemons, 'Solfatare' crocosmia, and 'Firefly' heucheras.

This is an example of a traditional landscaping in Portland. —  Houzz
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diannabrice wrote:Aug 25, 2013
  • kzeey

    Where did you get the basalt?

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    Visionscapes NW Landscape Design

    This type of crushed basalt is endemic to Oregon. We don't have granite occurring naturally here (except for a very few places), so the crushed rock we use is mostly this basalt. Depending on where you live, the crushed materials available may be different.

lisa lane wrote:Jul 11, 2014
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    Visionscapes NW Landscape Design
    Hi Lisa--The border on this path is 1/8" rolled steel edging. It has to be secured in place, but it does make nice graceful curves and I prefer it because it doesn't rot over time and I think it looks better than the recycled plastic types of bender boards. Hope that helps you!
  • mayflowers

    Love this garden and the clean look of the edging. Where could a homeowner purchase steel edging? I'm in Washington County.

Teri wrote:Oct 10, 2014
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    Visionscapes NW Landscape Design
    Here are the plants in the flowerbeds: Left side, foreground--Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'; behind rock: Crocosmia 'Solfatare'; Heuchera 'Firefly'. Right side, foreground: Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'; Penstemon barbatus; farther back: Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'; Oxalis oregana.

    Hope that helps you!
    --Pat Acheff

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Jess McBride added this to Feel-Good Home: Curves Follow Nature’s LeadJul 17, 2016

6. Take a simple approach. One of the most basic and budget-friendly ways to incorporate curves into your home design is to weave a meandering path through your landscape. Even the smallest townhouse patio could benefit from such a walkway. For maximum impact, let your path lead to a destination that initially is obscured behind trees, shrubbery or a wall, and design the path to reveal the destination slowly.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Malea added this to BackyardJun 11, 2019

Backyard path, garden, rocks, grass

Jessica Scolastico added this to Wilbard St IdeasJun 2, 2019

Boulders and plantings under the tree

Eve's Garden Design added this to PapstMay 20, 2019

E: paving b or c option, dark gray crusher dust path with metal edging

Robbie Tradal added this to LANDSCAPE IDEASMay 8, 2019

color with green, low plantings with rocks maybe?

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