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Go with the flow
What we admired: We found several great ideas in a sneak peek of Susan Martin's acre-plus garden in Orland Park. There was the repetition of chartreuse-leaved plants. There were tiny white lights on the arbor and there was Gus, the rooster made from recycled metal. Then there was this winding "dry" creek bed lined with pebbles. Because the property is rolling, Martin needed a way to direct water away from the house. Her husband dug out the area, installed a drain tile and covered it with small stones.
DIY: A dry creek is an attractive look even if there's no need to redirect water. Lay your hose on the ground to mark the area. Remove the soil down to about 4 inches and fill with pea gravel, sand or ground limestone. Top it with decorative pebbles, sit down and sip some lemonade.
June 12, 2008