Flagstone stepping-stones leading to the driveway provide an easier-to-navigate surface in a crushed-stone patio. They are also easier to keep clear of snow come winter. | Photo: John Gruen

A Private and Inviting Front Yard

Flagstone stepping-stones leading to the driveway provide an easier-to-navigate surface in a crushed-stone patio. They are also easier to keep clear of snow come winter. | Photo: John Gruen

Loose gravel in shades of gray, white, and tan gives this raised patio a beachy feel to complement the relaxed look of the low-slung wood-sided cottage it sits behind. | Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt | thisoldhouse.com

Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

Loose gravel in shades of gray, white, and tan gives this raised patio a beachy feel to complement the relaxed look of the low-slung wood-sided cottage it sits behind. | Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt | thisoldhouse.com

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How To Lay a Stone Path

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight', large white blooms tinged with pale green; trailing Ivy at the base spills over the sides of the classy zinc planter boxes. Baltic Ivy (variegated creamy edge) would combine well too.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight', large white blooms tinged with pale green; trailing Ivy at the base spills over the sides of the classy zinc planter boxes. Baltic Ivy (variegated creamy edge) would combine well too.

New Pea Gravel Patio Project! & Backyard Inspiration

New Pea Gravel Patio Project! & Backyard Inspiration (THE INSPIRED ROOM)

creative way to create a beautiful outdoor sitting area with a fire pit. Gravel is an inexpensive alternative for stone or a cement patio.  Creativity Exchange - House Beautiful

creative way to create a beautiful outdoor sitting area with a fire pit. Gravel is an inexpensive alternative for stone or a cement patio. Creativity Exchange - House Beautiful

Calculating how much landscape rock is needed starts with measuring the area to be landscaped.

How to Calculate How Much Landscape Rock You Need

Calculating how much landscape rock is needed starts with measuring the area to be landscaped.

Choose natural stone and pea gravel for a low-key look. If you are going for a natural, casual look in your yard, look for stone with rough edges rather than precise pavers, and skip the concrete in favor of rustic (and inexpensive) pea gravel. This combination is budget friendly and chic, calling to mind the relaxed outdoor areas of homes in Provence and Tuscany.

10 Ways To Make The Outdoor Areas More Relaxing

Choose natural stone and pea gravel for a low-key look. If you are going for a natural, casual look in your yard, look for stone with rough edges rather than precise pavers, and skip the concrete in favor of rustic (and inexpensive) pea gravel. This combination is budget friendly and chic, calling to mind the relaxed outdoor areas of homes in Provence and Tuscany.

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