side yard pathway. I like how it's not a perfectly straight path. Nice that this area gets lots of light. It could use more planters.

side yard pathway. I like how it's not a perfectly straight path. Nice that this area gets lots of light. It could use more planters.

Bare side yard becomes area for childs swing on arbor and easy clean up dog potty area in the gravel.                                                                                                                                                      More

Bare side yard becomes area for childs swing on arbor and easy clean up dog potty area in the gravel. More

Narrow side yard features a gravel path with inlaid "stepping stones" made of metal circles embedded in the gravel and ringed with Mexican black pebbles. Inside the stepping stones are plantings of dwarf mondo grass, 'Sunshine' creeping veronica, and Corsican mint. Plantings include natives such as evergreen huckleberry, mountain hemlock, sword fern, and deer ferns.

Narrow side yard features a gravel path with inlaid "stepping stones" made of metal circles embedded in the gravel and ringed with Mexican black pebbles. Inside the stepping stones are plantings of dwarf mondo grass, 'Sunshine' creeping veronica, and Corsican mint. Plantings include natives such as evergreen huckleberry, mountain hemlock, sword fern, and deer ferns.

I nominate "side yards" as some of the most under-exploited areas in the landscape! What a shame, especially when every square foot of real estate is valuable, even in a down …

I nominate "side yards" as some of the most under-exploited areas in the landscape! What a shame, especially when every square foot of real estate is valuable, even in a down …

side yard - wall art - tree cordyline - succulents - water wise plants - decomposed granite - stucco wall - boulders - pebbles - pathway - agave attenuata - windy path - wood gate

side yard - wall art - tree cordyline - succulents - water wise plants - decomposed granite - stucco wall - boulders - pebbles - pathway - agave attenuata - windy path - wood gate

TIPS FROM A GREEN THUMB  A side yard (the long, narrow strip of grass next to the home) is often under-utilized in people's landscaping vision. You can spice this area up by turning it into scenic pathway. If the side yard is wide enough, you can also add some flower beds on either side of the path to accentuate the walkway.

TIPS FROM A GREEN THUMB A side yard (the long, narrow strip of grass next to the home) is often under-utilized in people's landscaping vision. You can spice this area up by turning it into scenic pathway. If the side yard is wide enough, you can also add some flower beds on either side of the path to accentuate the walkway.

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