A gravel garden works well as a secret place that you discover through exploring the garden; a welcoming place to sit amongst the planting to enjoy a glass of wine. The stony, free-draining environment created by the gravel garden opens up a wonderful array of planting opportunities. The popular Mediterranean and Prairie styles are perfect for this setting.
Gorgeous courtyard patio area can be created with old York stone slabs, softened and given impact by planting between stone slabs with herbs and perennials. The uneven edges of the stone slabs make ideal planting pockets. The overall effect softens the area, provides year-round interest and draws the patio into the overall garden design. I sometimes combine them with raised beds, tall plants and climbers to create height and privacy