3. A burbling brook. A bit of running water can go a long way toward making your backyard feel miles away from civilization. The sound of a running stream, the feel of cool water on hot feet and curious hands pleases adults and children alike. Just remember that with young children at home, any water play must be supervised — even very shallow water, as shown here.
8. Edible gardens. Chunky gravels that are over three-quarters-inch wide are useful for surrounding raised beds and are less apt to travel if you roll a wheelbarrow over the surface. The jagged edges of gravel lock in place to form a surface that’s compact but allows water from the hose to quickly drain. Plus, a thick layer of gravel will suppress weeds that may be apt to spring up with access to the water and nutrients you’ve given to the edible plants.
Rainbow Treasure. Zone 4-8 Everbearing
‘Quinault’ Zone 4-9. Everbearing