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.

Greenhouse Aquaponics: The Grow Beds... the large drain pipe dumping back into the fish pond. We used 3/8" pea stone for the grow beds due to the low cost. The system was designed to handle the weight and all of the stone needed to be washed off prior to filling the grow beds.

Greenhouse Aquaponics: The Grow Beds... the large drain pipe dumping back into the fish pond. We used 3/8" pea stone for the grow beds due to the low cost. The system was designed to handle the weight and all of the stone needed to be washed off prior to filling the grow beds.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

cobblestones bordering gravel gravel drive - nice threshold idea along the front of the garages/store/kennels.

cobblestones bordering gravel gravel drive - nice threshold idea along the front of the garages/store/kennels.

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