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Stepping stones

This 12-inch leaf from Nichols Bros. Stoneworks in Snohomish, Wash., comes in a natural concrete color or stained finishes such as weathered bronze (shown here), dark walnut, terra cotta and copper patina. $23.50. (800) 483-5720, (click on “garden statuary,” then “stepping stones”). ()
The puzzle piece is another Nichols Bros. design, available in two shapes and multiple colors. (800) 483-5720,
The garden accessory shop Pot-ted in Atwater Village makes concrete steps that incorporate car nameplates for automotive buffs. Other designs feature Chinese coins, vintage tiles — pretty much anything the customer wants. Twelve-inch squares such as the one shown here are $40 each (four for $136); 14- and 18-inch steps are available at an additional cost. (323) 665-3801,
Prefer pretty over practical? Anthropologie sells marble lotus steppingstones that feel weighty and look enchanting but are best used as decorative elements. The marble gets slick when wet, and the uneven surface whispers “twisted ankle.” This 15-inch piece is $79; a 9-inch version is $39. ()
For more function, try Smith & Hawken’s cast-iron turtle, which provides a level, textured surface on which to walk. $24. ()