Ive been making up the design of my yard as I go and I found that a great strategy for anyone doing the landscaping themselves is simply to divide and conquer. I saw a dry creek bed installed in a DIY show and decided to put one running the width of my yard to be a division from the sunny area and shaded area.
Add some oomph to your entrance with a stepped stone planter along the driveway. This one's made of cast-concrete blocks from Belgard. From $12.50 per square foot; belgard.biz | Photo: Kristine Larsen | For the step-by-step instructions visit thisoldhouse.com
Patio pavers can be so expensive. These cheap concrete pavers can be painted any color and laid in any pattern. This is definitely how I want to do our patio!! Just need to decide what colors to use- probably grays and blues with touches of brown to match the slate screened porch.