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Inspirational Ideas for Patio Privacy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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If you have an patio that’s under-utilized because it lacks privacy or comfort, you can turn it into a secluded outdoor retreat with plants and creative enclosures. To shelter your patio from the sun, you can never go wrong with a pergola, especially when it includes one or more solid walls. You can also use draperies made from durable outdoor fabric to add privacy to a pergola or gazebo. To create the feeling of an English garden, install lattice walls and hedges.

If you already have an enclosed patio but it lacks charm, add potted vines and flowers as shown in the photo above. For more patio privacy ideas, visit the Better Homes and Gardens website.

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Create a Garden Getaway

Friday, October 08th, 2010

A secluded garden retreat can be a great place to get away from it all and enjoy your own little corner of nature.  Even if you yard is small or serves a variety of purposes (suah as a vegetable garden, kids play area, pool, etc.), you can still carve out a portion that’s dedicated to relaxation.

Your retreat doesn’t need to be large – a space as small as 8 feet square can become a cozy garden getaway.  Choose a shady spot or add your own shade with a gazebo or canopy. Use plantings (think hedges and tall perennials) to shield your getaway from the rest of the yard.  If your property offers a scenic view, position your getaway to take advantage of it. 

Once you’ve prepared your getaway space, it’s time to think about the details.  Comfortable seating is a must and a table will allow you to dine outside.  Then add garden accessories like a small fountain, candles, wind chimes and small potted plants.

Get more ideas for your garden getaway at Better Homes and Gardens.

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