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From time immemorial, fire has been a vital part of our outdoor landscapes. Originally used for cooking and warmth, fire has increasingly become an ornamental and focal feature that draws family and friends into the landscape at night.

A theme of concrete variations sets off this fire garden as special. A diagonal carpet of blue-tinted pavers contrasts with the round fire bowl, all set on a striped channel of round riverstone.

From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (Taunton Press, 2014, pages 194-195). Design by Patricia St. John, APLD. Photo by Ken Gutmaker.