2. Creating good views: The original small garden at the path’s end grew by 3 feet. “We raised it to make the textures of the shade plants more visible. We repeated the rock from other areas of the yard in the wall for continuity,” Tommy says. The path also widens at this end to accommodate a seating area and to create a stopping point for the eye.
3. Accessorize: Two red Adirondack chairs frame the area and anchor the garden’s end. “Red is considered a warm color, but in the shade it also works well to anchor the area with a vivid accent,” Michael explains.
Tommy and Michael Porter suggest learning the mosaic process with a small project. Perfect the technique, and then think big. You can find most materials at a large garden center.
- Lumber for the framework ( the Porters used 1 x 4s.)
- construction-grade sand
- 1 x 8 board for leveling
- foundation gravel
- ground tamper
- lightweight mortar mix
- decorative river rocks (available in large bags)
- Mexican beach pebbles (purchase in bulk)
- soft bristle brush
- rubber mallet
- hose with adjustable spray nozzle