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Inspiration for a traditional shade stone landscaping in Boston.

Woodland RetreatTraditional Landscape, Boston

Irregular bluestone stepper path and woodland shade garden.

Inspiration for a traditional shade stone landscaping in Boston. —  Houzz
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Blooming Planter wrote:Dec 13, 2013
cleareyes wrote:Mar 15, 2014
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    a Blade of Grass

    Thanks for the question. It would grow, there is a good chance that it will brown out to some degree during the hottest summer months and then green up as it cools in the autumn. You might be able to lessen the stress by putting it in an area where it gets some shade, especially from hot mid day sun.

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    a Blade of Grass

    In our area they are sold as "New England fieldstone steppers."

vlowehere wrote:Apr 7, 2014
  • Maritza Cardena Alencar
    I live in Miami, Florida and wondering if your method for prepping the ground would work here. Prior to placing the crushed stone and stone dust base did you place a weed mat to prevent weeds from coming through? Or is this not necessary? Thanks!
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    a Blade of Grass
    Our ground preparation method should work in Miami. We don't put down a weed mat, you're more likely to have weeds grow in the joints than come up from a foot underground, in my experience.
snabbage wrote:May 27, 2014
  • Mary Cooper
    Would white ( invasive)
    Violet's work too?
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    a Blade of Grass

    I'm sure they would, but I can't recommend using an invasive species as a landscape professional.

Susan Shane wrote:Apr 18, 2014
  • Marc Saga
  • Lynn Winter
    I have heard that hanging/hiding bars of Irish Spring soap throughout the yard deters deer. They are said to hate the scent.
mnmb wrote:Mar 29, 2016
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    a Blade of Grass

    That is Sagina subulata (Irish Moss) growing between the stepping stones.

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    a Blade of Grass

    We use compacted crushed stone as our base material. More specifically, we use what is sometimes called crusher run, which is a mix of larger crushed stone and then some smaller sizes and fines, which allow the mixture to be compacted well but still retain some permeability.

Mimi Denman wrote:Sep 11, 2014
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    Frederic's Landscape & Tree Service
    I agree with A Blade Of Grass - only for cool costal climates with regular rainfall. As bad as the sought has been in CA and Southern Oregon, I don't think most of those plants would do well this year without regular topsoil saturation.
  • Callie Marie

    Mimi, great question about plants that work in a low water area. I also live in a dry climate, and I've always wanted to have a mossy pathway. I bet a local landscaping company would know what plants would work in my area. http://www.landmarklandscaping.ca/ 

marissa916 wrote:Nov 25, 2016
  • Amy Gignac

    What kind of natural flagstone/pavers were used?

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    a Blade of Grass
    These are New England fieldstone pavers.
Sarah Carmina wrote:Aug 25, 2015
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    a Blade of Grass

    These plants are all readily available in New England at your local nursery or garden center. You might have a harder time finding them in a drier climate.

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    Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

    Nice One.. Thanks for Sharing

danchaves wrote:Apr 27, 2014
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    a Blade of Grass
    Thanks for the question. In the right foreground are Hosta (large yellow leaves), Anemone (in between the Hosta), and Japanese Painted Fern (silver leaves).
  • Kristen

    The Hosta look similar to Hosta 'Stained Glass', or perhaps, Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Chris Murphy wrote:Apr 24, 2017
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    a Blade of Grass

    This is actually a perennial groundcover between the stepping stones, Sagina subulata (Irish Moss). It does a good job of spreading to cover any available soil, which keeps the area from getting muddy. It does need fairly regular water to stay green.

Kiley McElroy-Brown wrote:May 26, 2016
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    a Blade of Grass

    Thanks for the question. That plant is Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo' or Red Twig Dogwood.

gonzabeans8 wrote:Jun 29, 2014
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    a Blade of Grass
    Thank you. Most of the flagstone and bluestone that we use is quarried in Pennsylvania. We buy from a re-wholesale yard in MA, so I'm not sure where to point you in PA.
Aleksandra Stanic wrote:May 7, 2014
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    a Blade of Grass
    I don't think there have been any problems with weather or rain.
danielarnold wrote:Mar 15, 2014
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    a Blade of Grass
    The total grade change from the patio area (off to the right of this picture) to the lowest point of the walk was around 15 percent in a straight line, but by making the path a meandering circle, we were able to keep the grade of the actual walkway closer to 6-10 percent. We followed the natural contours to some degree, so there is variability in the grade of the path.

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What Houzzers are commenting on:

Maria Featherston added this to Eton Street Backyard3 hours ago

paving stones through yard to hottub

swativora added this to Backyard landscape2 days ago

Love this kind of pathway, pavers lined up with green.

cazagula added this to Celia Zagula Backyard Landscaping3 days ago

like the soft yellow foliage plants and large wide stone pathway with grass between stones

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