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A graceful meeting of rock and wood.

Two landscaping standbys flow together to revive a lackluster garden

FLAGSTONE PATIOS and wooden decks are familiar surfaces for landscaping, but they rarely meet as gracefully as they do in Patty and Hal Hawthorne's back garden. Though each surface plays a distinct role, the fluid meeting of stone and wood draws together a yard that had been fragmented into parts.

The flagstone-covered portion, which replaced a concrete patio, is broad enough for furniture but serves mainly as a sinuous path. From a sliding glass door in the living room, the Arizona chocolate flagstone flows outward, leading ultimately to a gazebo. To make all almost seamless transition from inside room to the garden, the path's foundation was built up so the top layer of stone would be flush with the interior floor.

The wooden deck covers what was once a struggling lawn. The surface is made of red lauro, a durable Brazilian wood that combines the sturdiness and weathering characteristics of teak with the color of redwood. Metal deck clips secure the 1-by-6 decking to pressure-treated girders, leaving the surface unmarred by nails: only an existing pineapple guava tree pokes through it. Along the deck's back and outside edges, broad built-in benches add seating; they also separate planting beds from foot traffic.

Design: Diana Pascuzzi of Los Gatos, California.
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Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Date:Apr 1, 1994
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