This unique outdoor dining area is positioned upon a paver stone island that was built in the middle of a small pond. A red umbrella provides a metal table and chairs with a bit of shade, while gravel groundcover is used in place of typical grass landscaping.
Even a tiny strip can be filled with plants, a more nature-friendly choice than gravel or wood chips, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of "Hellstrip Gardening" (April 2014, Timber Press). A no-mow variegated sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Silver Sceptre’), in Newton Lower Falls, Mass., shows an great alternative to needy lawn.
The cedar fence includes a door for easy access to and from the back deck, while the gravel footpath is a smart addition that looks fantastic and works well as a groundcover in an area that doesn’t get much rain.
The ebony-stained cedar cladding of the home's exterior is a bold foil for the landscape design, blending grasses, water features and simple groundcover of gravel in some areas, pine needles in others.