A blue outdoor grill
David Cavagnaro

Seamless Blend

People who entertain often will appreciate a kitchen that blends into the garden. This one includes a sink, grill, and pizza oven with plenty of counter space for food prep and serving. Note how the stonework and plantings blur the lines between utilitarian space and landscape.

An outdoor storage space
Juliet Greene/The Garden Picture Library

Rest Up

A dedicated storage space helps keeps tools, potting supplies, and other garden essentials orderly, clean, and safe. Hang a plant outside, and the garage can also make a rather nice place to rest between chores.

A sitting area by the driveway
Lisa Romerein

Sleek Driveway

Even the tiny transition between the driveway and the yard here looks sharp. It features a grid of pavers seamed with woolly thyme. Oranged-streaked phormium echoes the pebbles, seat cushions, and side tables.

outdoor fire pit
Deidra Walpole Photography

Light the Night

When night falls or the weather gets nippy, a toasty fire is both a practical luxury and a luxurious necessity. This fire pit and built-in bench encourage hanging out in the garden, particularly for drinks or desserts. Marshmallows are optional.

A statue decorating a garden
Michael Howes/The Garden Picture Library

A Little Lighting

Lanterns filled with votives and suspended from bamboo poles make this garden functional at night. The flickering light illuminates plants and objets d’art.

From Big Ideas for Small Gardens

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