Walls and patios are often referred to as the bones of a garden. They become the permanent framework of any well designed garden. Paths, gates, and terraces are what give the garden purpose, character and expression.
A term we use often as designers is marry; our goal is to marry the home to the garden or the garden to the surrounding landscape. Combining the elements of stone, wood, and earth is precisely how mother nature achieves such excellence in her landscapes. Consider repeating the cultured or natural stone which faces your home in a well thought out winding path or terraced secret garden.