Paths and Walks: A Lesson in Natural Landscape Design

By working with the contours of the land, restoring native plants, and using natural materials that blend in with their surroundings, a couple turns an overly-artificial country home into a wooded masterpiece.

Finding the usual stair alternatives too mechanical-looking, the Brewsters devised "planter steps" with stone risers and pebbled treads, in which they planted sedums and miniature native grasses. The sloping banks at the sides of the steps made the steps appear to grow right out of the hillside.