free granite pieces from Craig's List turned into a beautiful patio. All the work was done by my teenage son, his girlfriend and my husband and I. The only cost was for the decomposed granitewe used for the "grout"
use curved landscape border, fill in with dwarf shrubs, ground cover, steeping stones and mulch/rock. Only rocks for the stepping stones, bricks instead of steeping stones and a potted plant where the maple tree is.
Heres simple landscaping made charming with a split rail fence.
Get on island time - Gardening expert Mike McGroarty planted herbaceous perennials and trees of varying heights—lavender twist red bud tree and a laceleaf weeping Japanese red maple—to form this "island" in his front yard.