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My Backyard Inspiration Picture

As some of you know, we’re in the process of remodeling our front and back yards. I already shared my front yard inspiration picture (source unknown) but I haven’t yet shown you my back yard inspiration picture and progress.  In short, we’re removing the grass and adding a stone patio with more flower beds.

Here’s my inspiration picture from Valerie Easton’s book The NEW Low-Maintenance Garden.

Back Yard Inspiration Picture (the water is a dream - don't focus too much attention there)

What I like about this picture/garden/patio: 1. the different shapes of the stones 2. the shape of the patio 3. the gaps between the stones 4. the different colors and textures of the ground covers 5. how the patio flows into the garden 6. it looks natural and not cold

Tumbled Pennsylvania Bluestone

Now that you know what has inspired us. I wanted to share what we’re doing to our space to pull off this look. Just a couple days ago we purchased a tumbled Pennsylvania Bluestone that comes in many different shapes and sizes. It’s sitting in our back parking spot until we get the prep and front walkway finished.

We really like the natural tumbled look of the stones.

Here’s how the spot looks right now. As you can see we still need to remove the rest of the lawn, level the space, add gravel & sand and plan the shape of the patio before we can set out the stones.

I also need to find ground covers that the chickens won’t eat! Those little rascals love to eat/kill all my ground covers…

Lots of work ahead... can you visualize the finished patio?

And in case you’re interested, here’s what the space looked like last summer with the patio furniture and paths – taken by the garage and facing the house.

Why we need a patio - I'm sick & tired of moving all the furniture to mow the lawn.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sara #

    Hey, I have every type of ground cover you can imagine. Will your chickens eat succulents?


    April 10, 2010
    • I did pick up some stonecrop Sedum ground covers to plant between the stones – in hopes that the chickens won’t eat them. We’ll see. I may come over and dig up some from your yard if I need more! ;)


      April 11, 2010
  2. The stone which you purchased is beautiful!!! The sitting area in the last picture looks cozy and inviting, but I hear what you are saying about moving the furniture.


    April 10, 2010
    • Thank you! I’m really happy with our purchase. My sitting area was also a little squished in the spot. By having a patio I hope we’ll be able to spread out a little more.


      April 11, 2010
  3. It’s going to be so pretty. I love that bluestone. If we ever get rid of part of our deck I’d love to do something similar. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.


    April 11, 2010
  4. Michelle #

    Love the stone!


    April 12, 2010

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