make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

Creating a Rock Path for Drainage

make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

We will forever be working on our home – which I don’t mind – but it has also allowed me to accept that nothing will ever be 100% done, so I shouldn’t put off sharing our projects as we complete them!

This little corner that wraps around from one cement slab to the next corner was a little problem area. It got muddy, it was uneven and we weren’t sure how to get from one side, to the corner that wraps around that now has the grill and a hose. Not to mention whenever I used the hose since there’s no grass there (dead from all the construction work), it got insanely muddy.

We thought about a brick path, or just adding grass there (which would then get trampled on with it being a high traffic area), and we had the issue of two plumbing caps that needed to be accessible that were right in the way! Really – sometimes you can’t have everything your way, like no wires, or pipes, or access to things haha. So a rock path came to mind, that way we could have proper drainage, add some character, and allow access to those plumbing caps if needed in the future.

make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

I reached out to my friends at Gardener’s and asked if they could help us out! Another goal of mine was to add some colorful “height” to the right hand side of our home that was all white. The blue Adirondack garden bench just kills me with its cuteness, that blue is everything. So we picked up a peach tone bougainvillea and added it to Veradek Metallic Series Tall Pedestal Planter (c/o) – the 13″ square because I couldn’t have it too far into the pathway.

It really is gorgeous in person. You don’t have to fill the entire planter with soil, there’s a shelf in there so you can set a plant in it, or add soil and add your plant. This is frost and crack resistant for colder climates, and also lightweight and scratch resistant. They are made with Styrofam™ insulation to help ensure that plants stay healthy in both hot and cold extremes. I love the modern look of it, and it also comes in gray and white.

make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

We made the border of the path with the Galvanized Edging 4′, Set of 4 (c/o) which was only $39.95 at Gardener’s! We only needed a single set, a total of 16′ from one edge to another and it easily bent around. We picked up some anchor stakes at The Home Depot to keep the put since the rocks would be heavy to keep in – and we had to add some more dirt outside of the edging. I spray painted the metal stakes silver, I have so much spray paint around! I also bought a corner bracket too.

The patterned rubber stepping stones from Gardener’s (c/o) are a cute touch, this is the dahlia print!

make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

The marble chips we picked up from our local Home Depot, they were $3.50 a bag and we bought about 15 or so. I don’t think we needed that much, but it’s fine. We did lay down a cloth weed blocker just to be safe, but spraying this area with weed killer would be easy but juuuuust to save us a little time, weed blocker or grass blocker haha, since we now need to add some seed right up to this edging.

I also thought it was a great opportunity to add a little succulent garden around the corner by the hose.  These little plants will get morning sun only for a little while, and have shade and also get enough water. I added them at night around 9 p.m. when we decided to have a wild Saturday night and just complete this project – that’s how excited we get about working on our home. We also had my in-laws coming in a few days later so we were rushing to complete as much as we could.

succulent garden, make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights rotating hose

I love our siding of our expansion so much! That Alabaster White from Sherwin-Williams was a winner for sure! And I’m especially glad I knew I wanted to go with the fiber cement shake instead of the other cheap looking siding that was presented to me. Go with your design gut, you have to look at it every single day.

succulent garden, make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights rotating hose

This rotating hose reel is great – picked it up from Amazon here. We had it mounted but the wood mount by the spicket wasn’t large enough so our handy dandy handyman Richard got a nice metal pole and made a stand for it! I want a show with Richard, some kind of content where we create projects together.

Heavy duty hose is from Gilmour and me also insist you NEED these hose connectors to easily swap out your nozzles!

make a rocky drainage path for areas that get muddy by the hose or in the garden - a DIY how too. Alabaster white sherwin Williams white fiber cement shake shingles for siding, restoration hardware lights

What do you think? I love this little corner pathway and I can’t wait to see the bougainvillea grow taller and fill in that space.

I’m linking to the items I discussed in the post, and feel free to ask any questions! We did this in half a day – it was so easy.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask. It’s nice to have this project checked off our list, most of our big outside projects are completed, but I can never say that fully because I’m always brainstorming something new – especially with the garden.

Super excited to show you when the artichokes pop out, I am really hoping they come out soon! xx

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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