Country cool gravel patio design

A circular patio in California's Alexander Valley embraces its shade tree. Get 5 design secrets that make it work

Shady patio

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Shady patio

A sycamore tree is the star of this yard. Click through to see how permeable paving, a rustic seat wall, and other details complement and celebrate the shady patio.

Rustic seat wall

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Rustic seat wall

A 20-inch-high wall defines the patio and provides extra seating. Faced with ledgestone from Amador County, it echoes the mottled hues of the sycamore tree's bark.

Permeable paving

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Permeable paving

Pacific Gold gravel paves the patio, letting rainwater through to tree roots and creating visual serenity against the distant grasses and grapevines.

Leafy cover

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Leafy cover

Green Loropetalum chinense grows along the wall's rugged exterior, while Boston ivy (which turns reddish in fall) cloaks the stones. 

Tree trim

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Tree trim

A small circle of stones that match the wall surrounds the base of the sycamore tree, whose lacy canopy shades the west-facing patio. 

Border in pots

Border in pots

Each of four containers holds a single 'Little Gem' magnolia about 12 feet tall, shading the adjacent master bedroom.

Design Diana Stratton, Diana Stratton Design, Healdsburg (707/433-2582)

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