To make a garden truly sing, start from the ground up. What you "floor" your garden with is arguably just as important as what you plant. In her new book, Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces (Rizzoli), Los Angeles landscape designer Judy Kameon shows how to make each part of your yard fully and delightfully user-friendly.
In a quiet corner of her garden, Judy Kameon laid rectangular slabs of bluestone in a warm lilac shade. "I like to mix up the geometry with different sizes," Kameon says. "I find the asymmetry even friendlier than squares."
Best For: A larger slab is luxurious -- even in a small space -- for both modern and traditional properties.
Installation Tip: Draw a few designs on paper until the shapes feel balanced, then fit the piece on-site like a puzzle.
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