More from Olbrich's Home Garden Tour 2014: Virtually every garden we saw used cut and dressed stone, rocks, bricks or cement in ways worth noting. The following are some of the ideas that caught our eye.
Since we are about to repave our irregularly-shaped driveway and need to deal with a sloped lawn bordering the drive, we paid a lot of attention to this solution to the issue of where and how flat paving meets an adjacent slope:
A bit of country in the city is provided by a boulder wall separated from the sidewalk by a narrow strip of grass.
A garden mural on a foundation wall:
In the same garden as the above photo, cement block "planters" were set into indentations in a brick wall:
Along the stone walkway next to the brick wall in the prior picture, very fine gray gravel was used to create an Asian-influenced rock garden. The dark colors really made the Hostas pop!
Medallions of brick were used in different ways in two gardens:
Stone was also used for assorted garden ornaments: