Backyard design guide

Glam up your backyard with inspiration from these amazing landscaping and design ideas

50+ landscaping ideas with stone

Add stylish and practical touches to your outdoor space with these great ideas for paths, patios, firepits, showers, and more

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Making a park out of a path
Photo by Jennifer Cheung

Making a park out of a path

This entry path feel more like a nature trail than a garden walk. Thyme grows between steps; boulders, cactus, and rosemary fringe the path's edges. Even before guests get to the house, wide steps (made of concrete aggregate) encourage them to slow down and enjoy the garden. If your yard doesn't have enough sun for thyme, tuck Corsican mint or Japanese sweet flag between your steps or pavers; both have scented foliage. Stagger your pavers to slow the journey.

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