Bluestone Patio Design & Installation

This recently completed backyard patio is an ideal example of smart landscape design. The bluestone patio design was created by our landscape design to team to meet the needs of a family that wanted to expand their outdoor entertaining capabilities.

So, what do we mean by smart?

This landscape design combines beauty and function to perfectly fulfill its purpose. Which in this particular case is to provide a family friendly backyard that is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Take a look!


The Bluestone Patio Design Goals

This existing home is situated on a large one acre lot, with a large backyard space. The homeowners wanted a natural stone patio that could host large groups both formally and informally.

Developing the Landscape Design

Around the perimeter of the yard, a combination of shade and evergreen trees were planted which will grow into a natural and beautiful privacy screen.

The interior of the backyard was perfectly situated for a large bluestone patio which was designed to incorporate an area close to the kitchen for socializing, a formal dining component and a casual fire pit area surrounded by outdoor couches.

In this bluestone patio design, you’ll notice the pattern of the bluestone layout changes which increases the sense of having multiple outdoor rooms.

A stone seat wall was built along the perimeter of the fire pit area to protect the planting beds and add extra seating.

A touch of formality comes from the planting of 6 Pyramidal European Hornbeam on the far side of the fire pit area. These small trees stay narrow but still offer an element of shade.


In the upper section of the patio, guests mingle around an outdoor bar area, located right off the kitchen. For more tips on designing and styling a patio, read this recent blog post.

Incorporating Light & Heat

The fire pit is the main form of light and heat. It’s extra large size mean this family can entertain larger groups and can seat over 20 between the outdoor couches, chairs and seat wall. Read more about designing a fire pit here.

This homeowner’s landscape lights up at night, with light provided by uplighting of selected shade trees and tiki torches.

This photograph also features a dwarf evergreen; a specimen white pine that is a focal point for guests sitting around the fire pit.


Walking spaces were created along both sides of the home with square bluestone steppers which makes a pretty contrast with the bright green lawn. The formal and linear planting of perennial grasses along with the squared off planting beds which gives the patio a modern feel.


We love the use of two dwarf ornamental trees which can be found along the side of the home. In the image below you can see the Limelight Hydrangea on a standard, which adds big summer blooms all season long. It is the perfect small tree to border a patio since it stays small, is very clean and offers a lot of interest throughout the seasons.


This bluestone patio design was created to enhance the outdoor living space of the home and this family entertains outside regularly. By adding a variety of usable spaces through hardscaping and landscaping, this smart landscape design hits all the right marks.

The landscape design team at The Barn Nursery would love to meet with you to discuss your landscape needs. Contact us to schedule a landscape design consultation.