Decatur, Ga. Photo: Robert Rausch for The New York Times
At the beginning of the summer, I talked about my goal of dividing my boring barren suburban backyard into several different zones to help me form a landscaping plan. Last we talked about my yard, I had done only a little planting in what will eventually be a secret garden (for girls!). I’m excited about that one! But that was about as far as we got, with the exception of a little work in our front yard. But now I’m starting a new project for the backyard!
I’m working with a pretty small budget and limited time, so the backyard improvements are something that will have to evolve over time. But I don’t like small budgets to stop me from making progress, so I’ve learned to be content with bite sized bits at a time.
On Tuesday we have a truckload of pea gravel being delivered for what will be our new patio for a new DIY fire pit, and a new BBQ! Basically this gravel patio project will provide space to hang out on the cool fall evenings (a rest zone) around a fire pit and a simple but more attractive zone to BBQ (eat) with friends and family! We already set up the basic area for the space we envisioned a couple of years back, but we just used the existing bark dust which wasn’t my favorite.
I wanted a little bit more defined and purposeful looking space so I’m excited to finally be getting started!
I have always loved the look of charming pea gravel patios and walkways!
I love the mix of an informal gravel walkway or patio with beautiful fencing and plants. While gravel is a fairly inexpensive material, I see it used quite often in landscapes of beautiful homes so it can look amazing even in a more formal setting. I think the gravel patio will be a perfect foundational part of our landscape that we can build upon with plantings or other elements over time.
We also have plans for a pathway from our deck steps to what will hopefully be a new dog area for the pups so they can stay out of the mud and my plants during the rainy season! Every time it rains they dig holes and I have to give them a bath so we are definitely wanting to cut down on the mud! Next year we intend to add garden boxes just beyond the gravel firepit patio, so this will be an evolving project!
Today I have some inspiration for backyard designs I love! It will likely take years for mine to look even half as lovely as these, but it gives me a starting point for dreaming, right?
You’ll get to see a couple of shots of the current state of my yard at the very bottom of this post, so you can see my challenge!
via Cote de Texas
I’ll update you once our gravel arrives and the project begins! I’m getting pretty excited to see this happen! PS. That blue Adirondack chair was about $20 from a flea market this summer. Wish I had a few more!
Happy weekend! Don’t forget my Fall Nesting series starts Monday!