Solar Garden border at Great Dixter, a house in Northiam, East Sussex, England - photo by Jonathan Buckley; Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ with Campanula patula and Erysimum allionii in the Solar garden at Great Dixter
Storybook setting Irish moss adds classic charm to an informal steppingstone path flanked by river birches. Creeping Jenny, yellow-green Japanese forest grass, campanula, and variegated boxwood mingle in the garden bed.
Pondless Backyard Fountain Pond and Waterfall. Even without the fountain, which in Az will grow algae like nobody's business, I think the idea of softening up the patio with a little rock garden with plants mixed in.
A serpentine bluestone path from the driveway and entering the rear yard and garden. Plantings with different heights, textures and colors create a wonderful experience and feel as you enter the property. (I like the straight pavers in a curvy path.