maybe we step down into the further patio area beyond the hot tub and enclose it with some kind of short wall like this - Patio designed by Australian firm, Peter Fudge Gardens. Also love the fire bowl
Here grasses lend a very different geometry, rounded mounds, as well as an unexpected silver-green color. Huettl Landscape Architecture used Festuca 'Elijah blue' in the foreground with Blue Oat Grass and Berkeley sedge beyond the gravel oval.
in backyard under oak tree.DIY easy maintenance for shady backyard - level desired lawn area. Place square pavers in checkerboard design. Fill in alternate squares with moss or low-growing mondo grass.