Rugged Riverside Garden Oasis

Designer Mike Albert turns this woodsy backyard into a picture-perfect oasis with stonework walls, patio and a fire pit, a meandering stream complete with a waterfall and masses of blooming and evergreen plants to provide year-round color.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Fire Pit Framed by Rugged Stone Retaining Wall

A stone retaining wall and low-growing shrubs add a level of privacy to the picturesque fire pit.

Waterfall Framed by Coneflowers

Colorful coneflowers grow at the edge of a backyard waterfall.

Rugged Fire Pit With Rocking Chairs

Woven all-weather rocking chairs create comfortable outdoor seating around the rugged fire pit. Overlooking the grounds of a woodland retreat, the rustic patio is intended for all-season use.

Stone Paver Walkway

Lean trees surround the idyllic backyard and stone paver walkway.

Stone Paver Walkway Trimmed With Green Grass

Rugged rocks and smooth stone pavers are scattered along the edge of the lush lawn leading to the fire pit patio.