Match your paving to your house’s style
More than any other hardscaping element, paving determines the character of your outdoor spaces, and it makes sense to match the paving to the style of your house. For example, if you own a Craftsman-style house, you might choose an irregular pattern of square and rectangular flagstones laid in sand. A Georgian-style house, on the other hand, calls for a more formal, rectilinear pattern.
For this garden, we wanted stone that resembled the native stone of the area. We settled on Shenandoah flagstone for the paving, Kennesaw dry-stack for the walls, and Sonoma fieldstone for the boulders. Though they come from different parts of the country, their character and color are similar, and they look as if they belong in this garden.
More important, the character of each type of stone expresses its purpose. The flagstone is smooth, broad, and flat, and “says” walking surface. The boulders are rounded but sometimes craggy and speak directly to the natural environment of the Bay area. The Kennesaw dry-stack stone is blocky and angular in character—a form that suggests they should be stacked in a wall.