One of the first things we wanted to do was create beds. A dear neighbor gave us a whole pallet of bricks. She and her soon-to-be-ex had purchased them, but didn't use them before they had to divide property and sell their house. Pam just wanted them out of her yard. We dug trenches and laid the bricks to edge beds, setting the tops level with the ground so that mowing would be easy.
Eventually, we want to whittle down the lawn space and have less grass to mow. The lawn actually looks pretty good right now. The rainy season is just beginning. We never use chemical weed control or fertilizer on our lawn. There are cypress swamps and lakes and ponds to think about around us, and we don't want that crap running off into those delicate ecosystems.
I'm constantly bringing gardening books home from our library. Here is a list of books that inspire us, and in Andy Goldsworthy's case, awe us (not strictly gardening, but definitely artistic inspiration).
The art and craft of stonescaping: setting and stacking stone by David Reed.
Garden stone: creative ideas and practical projects, and inspiration for purely decorative uses by Barbara Pleasant.
Infinite spaces: the art and wisdom of the Japanese garden based on the Sakuteiki by Tachibana no Toshitsuna.
Landscaping with stone by Pat Sagui.
Natural stonescapes: the art and craft of stone placement by Richard Dube and Frederick Campbell.
Simple stonescaping: gardens, walls, paths & waterfalls by Phillip Raines.
Stone in the garden: inspiring designs and practical projects by Gordon Hayward.
Stone, rock & gravel gardens by Kathryn Bradley-Hole (gotta love that name).
and my favorite nature artist:
If you have a great idea for using recycled rocks and stones in your garden, I'd love to see them!