Surround the patio with colorful flower beds filled with shrubs, annuals and perennials. When choosing plants, look for a mix of evergreen trees, deciduous or flowering shrubs and flowers. Consider working with elegant curved beds rather than straight lines. Dwarf shrub varieties are recommended if you are looking for less pruning and easy maintenance.
Mulching beds in early spring and early fall will keep weeds down. And don't forget about the beauty of ornamental grasses, which can give vertical appeal and a wonderful texture. In some states, laws require non-permeable concrete around the first 10 feet of the pool for health reasons. Even this concrete is somewhat permeable, since even concrete has a permeability, it is simply low.
Rough cobblestones and bumpy concrete pavers can cause someone to trip or prevent the mobility of a person using a cane, walker, or wheelchair. Round aggregate cobblestones were popular and were available in hardware stores and nurseries in the 1950s, and fans of mid-century modern architecture and design have rediscovered them. Once you've chosen the pavers you want to use, you can choose the right materials for your other hard landscapes, such as the natural stone columns and the retaining wall shown in the image. The patio is surrounded by huge beds of perennials, herbs and drought-tolerant succulents (see more on the next slide) and features large concrete pavers lined with elf thyme.
Even if you don't have a lot of space in your backyard or the budget for an outdoor living space, you can use pavers to improve your landscape design. If you're building a landscape element that people walk on regularly, such as a path or outdoor living space, you'll want to choose pavers that are comfortable to walk on. High-priced luxury materials include limestone, blue stone, slab or granite and other natural stone pavers. There is no single answer here, but in general, the type of subfloor is the most critical determinant for the selection of pavers and the subbase.
The addition of suspended plants adds visual interest to patio seating areas and creates a sense of unity with the surrounding landscape. The corner of a new patio in Portland, Oregon, can be accessed from the main patio through slab pavers placed on the grass. By filling the beds with contrasting native green and red foliage, landscape designers were able to take advantage of the colors and textures of the surrounding environment, adding natural appeal and establishing a dynamic aesthetic. Hard-landscape structures, such as patios, bristle with rough edges, and landscaping with plants is one of the best ways to provide a gentle touch.
The cobblestones that form the circular pattern are Old Dominion and the road is Roman Dominion from Mutual Materials. Bamboo, an unsung hero of the landscape world, requires very little water to thrive, helps prevent erosion, and doesn't need pesticides or fertilizers. Gardening pavers come in many materials, shapes, sizes and colors, and are cost-effective to install and maintain, making them a popular choice for use in the home.