Here's a few more images I have been collecting for our Japanese Garden project. While the other images focused on the landscape, here are some for the hardscape, which is where you can get really creative and add a lot of interest.
Some of my favorites:
This first one makes me want to take a rake to the gravel. Work out some of that anxiety, right? Really though, I love the textures and patterns here.
And some pretty cool water features. Like this water wall. Can you imagine having one in your backyard. So cool.
And this one from Restoration hardware.
I've used this Mexican Beach Pebble on other landscaping projects and really loved how they turned out. They have great texture and a nice color.
And, well, if you are wanting to impress the neighbors, how about a private waterfall?
But really, recreating some elements of this on a smaller scale wouldn't be too difficult. And the effect would be pretty awesome.
And, last, I like the clean, straight lines of this walkway. Simple but still interesting.