Gravel Patios and Landscaping

One of the most dramatic changes we have made to our "new" house was removing about 20 trees from the property.  While we didn't want to remove that many, some were diseased, another was so close to the house that it was causing the roof to rot, and overall the lot was very wooded and we were seeking a greenscape for our kids to play.  Next week the whole yard will be re-graded and seeded.  We will definitely need some kind of patio down the line for our firepit, something we really enjoy sitting around with family and friends in the warmer months.

Between the tree removals, the loam that we're bringing in, the regrading and the seed, we're at the end of our 2011 budget for landscaping, so I've been looking into economical ideas for a patio and have fallen in love with a surprising material: 

Look at these lovely gardens - aren't they just lovely?  Who knew gravel could be so sophisticated?

Ron Herman Landscape Architect traditional landscape

Kate Michels Landscape Design mediterranean landscape

Less Lawn More Garden eclectic landscape

Gradinger Residence modern landscape

debora carl landscape design contemporary landscape
via Debora Carl Landscape Design,  San Diego/Houzz

a country house mediterranean landscape
via  Nurit Geffen-Batim Studio/Houzz

via brentwoodlandscaping.com

via Garden Studio Design, before patio makeover

via Cottage Living

via sunset.com

Landscape Design - Build contemporary landscape

via landscapingnetwork.com

 via Mostatabi & Associates/Houzz

I think this border, set in mortar, would be beautiful around a gravel patio.
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I'm thinking laying weed-preventative material and gravel with bluestones would be a great solution for our firepit area.

What do you think? 


Kristin said...

love it! :D i had no clue that gravel could look so nice - i may do that in my backyard, too!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

I love the garden pictures! I'm hoping to get some fun landscaping done this spring/summer. (hoping is the key word) lol. anyway, thank you so much for saying such nice things on the dragons fairytail. I love hearing comments. you have such a wonderful blog!


classic • casual • home said...

I love pea gravel...feels very Provencal. I know that it has to have a liner underneath. We used it in our walk ways along the house. Your fire pit will be fab.

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

These are all phenomenal examples of using gravel - it's so cost effective and can be truly beautiful. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Kathleen said...

i love that idea. i have a sore spot in my yard that would benefit from this idea as well!
lovely pics

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Love it! We're actually looking to do something like this in our backyard. I think its definitely a chic and economical way to go. Great inspiration pics!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Those are all gorgeous! I love the last pick, are they river rocks? What a cool border!!

Ches said...

Beautiful spaces, my outdoor areas are in need of some work. I tackled the front porch some but the backyard is one hot mess.

Annie Green said...

We are finally putting our yard together, after almost a year! My friend has been trying to convince me to get some giant flower pots. I was not a big fan of the idea, but I actually really like the one pictured here. I think I might give it a try after all. www.swfvegas.com