Stained Concrete Circular Driveway Landscape
Ideas for walkways, access, circular driveways, stained concrete, and color schemes
This design makes good use of the access to the home as part of the landscape. Some type of access is necessary to the front door of this and most homes. And with the walkways and circular driveway being established, some of the final shape is created. Since walkways and driveways are necessary elements in most front yards, I always suggest these be one of the first things plotted. It takes up space and often, just like this design, creates other design spaces like lawn and flower beds.
Determining where the walkways will be in the front yard is usually the closest distance and less travel. Unlike the backyards which are more likely to have gardens, paths, and other activities, the front door and front yard generally have the purpose of access and invitation. And so, to keep your visitors from getting lost or worn out, it is usually the straightest and closest path.
The cobblestone edging around the concrete is simply laid. However, where it's laid around the lawn grass may take special consideration. If used around aggressive grasses like Bermuda grass, there will also need to be some type of barrier ectended at least eight inches into the ground. Usually, this barrier is concrete. Non-aggressive grasses like Fescue grass may not need a barrier. Still, for the permanance of the landscape, I suggest some type of depth barrier when edging lawn areas.
Stained and or stamped concrete will soon be the norm instead of an exception. If you're going to use concrete as one of your hardscape elements, consider doing something creative with it. There are endless color variations and plenty of stamp patterns to compliment almost any design or style. For the concrete in this circular driveway, the red stain is considered a complimentary color to green on the color wheel. Surrounded by green lawn and plants, it is a much better compliment than gray concrete. See plant color schemes and theory.