An inexpensive way to brighten a dark corner is to hang a mirror that reflects light from sunnier parts of the garden.
Here, not only does the looking glass remedy a black hole, but it also makes plants and flowers seem to stretch into an adjacent space.
Tall hedges can subdivide a garden in a way that guarantees privacy and creates a pretty backdrop. A wall or a fence might have been just as serviceable for this intimate dining alcove, but neither would have matched the simple elegance of these green partitions.
This garden was designed to accommodate work and relaxation, with areas devoted to each activity in close proximity.
A pair of Adirondack chairs looks out on a lively arrangement of container plants. Situated discreetly around the corner, a potting bench keeps tools and other gear organized.
In this small garden, the padded bench beside the dining table doubles as a daybed for the occasional post-lunch siesta. The wall, which screens out unwanted sights and sounds, introduces a splash of Tuscan color and catches the shadow play of nearby palms.
With space at a premium on this deck, custom walls and cabinets create several user-friendly options.
Plants lift the garden to knee level and above, creating easy access for cultivation and maintenance. Built-in storage keeps a bicycle out of sight but within reach when it’s needed.
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