Fill pitchers with flowers. Spread fresh or preserved leaves around center of table to create a "living" runner. Magnolia, lemon and eucalyptus leaves are all great options. Mix a few different varieties for texture and color.
Natural stone steps can be a way to call attention to your landscape or to allow it to nestle into the backdrop of a more naturalistic style. They also emphasize the journey, causing visitors to slow down and take their time while exploring this peaceful backyard.
This courtyard uses classic Japanese style to exaggerate perspective, creating the illusion of a much larger space. The plants provide a backdrop for the statue and the pathways, rather than acting as a focal point themselves.