Small, intimate outdoor room. I think the fire might be a little too close to the wood, but then, maybe not? Otherwise nice small outdoor room for small gatherings.

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Love the billowing catmint, grasses, salvia, allium, and poppies under the dogwood! Great lawn alternative for a frontyard

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Loose gravel in shades of gray, white, and tan gives this raised patio a beachy feel to complement the relaxed look of the low-slung wood-sided cottage it sits behind. | Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt |

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Hardscaping trends: Landscaping with stone & rock. I would love to create a "floor" under my apple tree for my table and chairs.

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