Secluded sanctuary

An ordinary back yard matures into a lush retreat

Paver stone paths surrounded by pea gravel lead through the garden, connecting the various outdoor spaces.

This 11-foot-tall wood burning outdoor fireplace creates a focal point and establishes the formal sitting area.

Landscaping rocks, such as these strategically placed Pennsylvania creek stones, are often used to create one-of-a-kind water features.

This sunny border plant, Stokesia Blue Danube features eye-catching dark sky blue flowers with white centers.

The perfect border flower, coreopsis blooms most of the summer and adds gorgeous pops of color to any space.

A patio table made of Brazilian hardwood was built specifically for this outdoor dining area.

Perennial flowers, including these beautiful hydrangeas, bring color to the predominately green back yard.

Garden art, such as this rusted steel sculpture by artist Mark A. Wallis, adds character. A bench tucked into a nearby alcove allows those strolling along the path to take a seat and appreciate the plethora of plants and flowers.

Impatiens are annuals that thrive in shade gardens and, while they need to be well watered, they are easy to grow.

This one-of-a-kind waterfall is an important component to the overall garden design behind this Southwestern Ohio home.

The sound of rushing water from this water feature adds a relaxing element—even to those inside the home

Hostas are perfect for shade gardens and offer trumpet-like flowers in light, calming colors.

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