Combo stone and pea gravel. Areas for humans and dogs Small garden for a small backyard: For the beds, Welti chose plants—boxwood clipped into balls, Solomon's seal, Russian sage, Mexican feather grass, and hydrangeas— that would co-exist harmoniously and stand up to heat.
The ground cover that grows between the stones is rubus, a trailing raspberry that roots itself as it grows, allowing it to creep and seek out water. "It looks best in dappled light," says Pedersen. "In full sun, the leaf edges can get cooked."