A makeover that uses grasses and other plant materials commonly found in coastal settings, plus a distinctive curve of pea gravel, creates a cozy garden that has the feel of the beach.
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Homeowners Mike and Cullyn Russell's yard is mostly empty, with patches of bare ground and scorched grass as the only focal points. The yard is a dead zone.
Even if you don't live on the coast, there's no reason why you can't have a beach garden in your own backyard.
Low-cost additions like cottage birdhouses and a rustic window box help carry the cottage-garden theme.
An inviting, cottage-inspired garden combines lots of flagstone and colorful flower beds.(4 photos)