Colonial Farmhouse LandscapeTraditional Landscape, Philadelphia
This Delaware Valley property sits on several acres, many wooded. A soft roadside planting enamored with evergreen and deciduous plantings was installed to provide texture and color as the seasons change and define the property. Reclaimed cobblestone was used for the driveway parking areas, tying into the farmhouse aesthetic. Wet-laid irregular flagstone paths to the rear entries of the house passing by a site original well pump remind you of a slower lifestyle. A large pond was incorporated into the front yard as a solution for a low area retaining water, working with the natural recurrence of the land. Native stone and brick were incorporated into a fireplace and hearth in the rear yard entertainment area, providing a natural connection to the land and surrounding scenery.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
A flagstone and pea gravel path edged with granite cobblestones winds through the front yard of a Colonial farmhouse property in the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia.Generally, gardens in areas with heavy rainfall and snow will need to have a thicker layer of gravel (and a deeper trench for the installation) than drier regions. “Paths like this are typically laid on top of a three-quarters-inch modified stone base that is compacted. For this type of path, a base of 6 to 9 inches thick would be acceptable in our Northeast zone,” Hammaker says. To reduce pea gravel getting on the flagstones in the garden pathway here, Hammaker set the flagstones just slightly higher than the gravel. Another trick: “The pea gravel is only lightly sprinkled on top of a layer of sand,” which sits below both the flagstones and the gravel to hold them in place.