How to Make Your Backyard a Vacation Oasis
Build with stone
Native stones can make your backyard feel more natural and soothing. You can use just a few stones to add visual interest in plant beds or go all-out with stone walls and paths. Durable and dramatic, stone can also help tie together different living spaces around your yard when placed strategically. Scott used local stone (mainly from Minnesota and Wisconsin) for retaining walls and flooring.
Scott's stone-rimmed raised patio, left, hides a circular nook for firewood.