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Love the idea of half burrying some bricks as a border and the putting gravel down for a walk-way area.

Regarding gravel: We chose gravel because we could not afford pavers or find enough bricks for such a large space. Don’t get pea gravel, which rolls around under your feet. One-quarter crushed gravel is angular and flinty and sort of locks together, so it tamps down nicely. After a couple heavy rains, it felt much more solid and settled.

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A Whaling Cottage Gets a Top-to-Bottom Redo

The broken-flagstone-and-pea-gravel patio serves as an extra room. Sofa, chairs, and pillows: Restoration Hardware. Ceramic Lotus stool: Amazon

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Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

Gravel is one of the easiest patio surfaces for DIYers to insall. Here, we show you the simple steps of a "sandbox" design. | Illustration: Elizabeth Traynor |

Paver Grid Give a thrifty pea-gravel patio a style boost and create activity-specific zones by edging areas with pavers. About $5 per square foot; at home centers

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How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Fire pit

Spring kicks off with tulips, bread poppies, and peonies, giving way to the night-blooming daylily Hemerocallis citrina, thalictrum, goat's beard, 'Indigo Spires' salvias, and 'Sum and Substance' hostas in summer. Fall brings on 'Limelight' hydrangeas, 'Autumn Joy' sedums, and tickseed,

gravel patio -- love to do something similar under the deck, with flagstone path and plants around the edges -- would so help with drainage, too...