of a new concrete walkway, my rain chain (#3124 Copper
Bells) was a few feet away from the drainage opening
(blue arrows below). The white tube is an outlet for a
water pump, another eyesore I'd been meaning to do something
about. I thought a faux creek bed in river pebbles might
look good. Here goes!
Step 1: Moved around
the dirt to make it slope a little from the walkway towards
the drain (this is maybe a 2" drop over 3 feet). I
packed it down by walking around on it..
Step 2: Outlined the
area with stones. I mixed flatter stones with round ones
for a more random effect; I didn't want it to look like
a walkway. I had these around, but you can get river stones
Step 3: Filled the
area with pebbles. I bought two 40 lb. bags of these at OSH.
Note how the drain and the white pipe are hidden with one
layer of pebbles, which won't adversely affect drainage.
Hey, that looks
pretty good! Now I scrounged around and found three pieces
of waste glass (from a glassblowing place), and planted
a little Alyssum and Lobelia around
the edge. I sprayed it down to clean off the dirt and
it looks really nice when wet.
Total time on this project: about 4 hours.