Building a Paving Stone Pathway

Several years ago I built a patio using paving stones. I intended to complete the patio by adding a sidewalk that would bring the paved surface area all the way around to the garage and driveway. This weekend I finally made major progress on this neglected project. Making a paving stone patio, sidewalk, or…

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Natural Rocks for Stone Garden Borders

I like the look of rocks for bordering my garden beds.  Rocks define the border between the garden area and the walkways, help keep mulch in place, and give the garden bed a structural element.  I've gathered rocks from several places over the years and brought them to my garden.  It's not easy work…

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Paving Stones for Pathway Entrances

One of my recent projects was to complete two entrances to our front sidewalk from the lawn.  The openings were already there but didn't have any definition - or at least any good definition that a person walking along would see a clear path to the sidewalk.  I had some paving stones in the backyard set aside for…

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Stone Borders and a Sitting Wall

Sometimes you don't really know where your garden is going to go.  Impulse plants or bargain plants can shape the type plants you put in, the kind of plant can determine where it goes, or you may even move plants to place them in better locations, but this notion of outside forces shaping your…

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Creeping Phlox and Border Rocks

It seems to me that phlox and rocks just go well together. It's not just the rhyming sounds that make the words blend but it's how the plants and rocks function together. Creeping phlox just loves to wrap itself around nearby objects and rocks are no exception! When I added the border rocks to…

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Stones and Bones

You often hear people mention the phrase the "bones of the garden." It's basically used to refer to the garden elements that provide some sort of structure. Many people refer to evergreen plantings as the bones since they add structure and don't lose their leaves when the weather changes. Structures like arbors and garden…

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Stepping Stones in the Garden

I really like using rock and stone in the garden. I've used rocks and stone for two main uses: as stepping stones or as borders. I prefer natural stones that have a rough hewn look. I like the irregular forms, the variety, and the general natural quality of the stones. The problem is the…

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Around the Birdbath Garden

Today I went out and took a few quick photos of the birdbath garden. It's come along way from it's beginning three and a half years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday, all young and small, with barely a plant in the garden. It's amazing how quickly they grow up! Here's a…

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