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Desert garden path Bold furnishings and dense plantings can help you create a getaway in your own backyard, even where gardening can be a challenge. Individual concrete pads create the illusion that they're hovering lightly above the desert floor. Their exposed aggregate finish blends in with the native soil's stony texture Landscaping Ideas, Optical Illusions, Gorgeous Gardens, Desert Gardens, Gardens Paths, Desert Backyard, Cacti Gardens, Landscape Ideas, Desert Landscape
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Drought-tolerant yard Replace a boring lawn with golden gravel dotted with an ornamental grass like deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), then add a few accent plants like blue-leaved Weber agave--all of which can withstand a low-water climate.
Grasses and shale Fractured shale fills gaps between concrete pavers in Dennis and Susan Hourany’s yard in Alamo, CA. Yarrow and grasses soften the path’s edges. Design: Mathew Henning and Heather Anderson Oakland (510/531-3095)
Make a park out of a path This entry path feel more like a nature trail than a garden walk. Thyme grows between steps; boulders, cactus, and rosemary fringe the path’s edges. Even before guests get to the house, wide steps (made of concrete aggregate) encourage them to slow down and enjoy the garden. If your yard doesn’t have enough sun for thyme, tuck Corsican mint or Japanese sweet flag between your steps or pavers; both have scented foliage. Stagger your pavers to slow the “journey.”
A half-inch of decomposed granite over a compacted base forms a firm clean surface that drains well when summer rains drench this garden in Rancho Mirage, CA. The path's irregular shape, edged with pale flagstone, encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the yellow-flowering palo verde agaves and opuntia and barrel cactus along the way.