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Terraced Backyard

Creative backyard landscaping… a checkerboard terrace steps down to a formal English garden style lawn that echoes the checkerboard theme. (via Murphy & Co. Design)

Mix Stonework A combination of different stones gives this outdoor space a customized and visually interesting look. Stacked New England fieldstone is used throughout the backyard to create seating walls on the patio and retaining walls that terrace the yard. Antique cobblestone divides the bluestone patio to create a separate dining room and conversation area in front of the fireplace, and reclaimed granite is used to make the steps and pillars. Design by a Blade of Grass Landscape Design

Since the veggies will be on a terraced portion of the backyard, I really like this idea to make it a bit more vertical--plus add some visual interest

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Oval, orderly English garden with symmetry, terrace, brick herringbone path, containers and privacy

two levels of colored concrete. The Byrnes use the upper terrace mostly for dining and hanging out; three steps down, a built-in bench invites guests to lounge around the firepit. A gappy ipe fence gives a sense of spaciousness while preserving privacy. Low-care plants, such as autumn moor grass, Mexican weeping bamboo, and yucca, soften the angular design.

This backyard benefits from the subtle use of various textures on its terraces that ups the excitement level. A dramatic wall gives a feeling of enclosure and privacy, a great solution when neighbors might be close.

. Stone flower bed, fireplace, lush landscape and pergola - This is what Id like to do with the area where I made the rock wall near the duck pond - probably wont have time this summer!