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Frame your outdoor living spaces with these practical, low-maintenance flower gardens.
Add a raised garden to create a wall of color along one of the sides of your deck or patio. Colorful annuals and tender perennials like nasturtium, bidens, and snapdragons ensure a no-maintenance show all season long. Garden size: 12 by 4 feet.
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This gently curving bed is perfect border for a patio. The plantings are low-maintenance, so the eye-popping impact of salvia, canna, and zinnias survives even the worst summer heat. Garden size: 14 by 9 feet.
This narrow bed is a perfect complement for any deck or patio. Easy-growing plants like 'Knock Out' roses, boxwood, and peonies create a big show you don't have to slave over. Garden size: 18 by 4 feet.
This long, narrow bed is an ideal way to add interest to the end of a deck or patio. As the spring stars fade, fill in with your favorite summer-flowering annuals to extend the show. Garden size: 15 by 6 feet.
Turn a partly shaded patio into a restful retreat with this cool garden. Devout shade mavens like coleus and hosta team up with sun lovers like daylily and phlox to create a garden that thrives in a mixture of both conditions. Garden size: 13 by 8 feet.
It may be small, but this deck- or patio-ready summer garden is not afraid to think big and bold. And it's as low-care as it is beautiful. Garden size: 27 by 8 feet.
Enjoy your patio or deck all the more with this aromatic garden. This fragrant garden includes dianthus, phlox, and nicotiana, along with a variety of other plants that enliven your yard from spring until fall. Garden size: 22 by 6 feet.
This city-style garden is ideal for any space where you want to combine hard-surface comfort with eye-appealing plantings. Garden size: 25 by 40 feet.
Flowering shrubs are a great way to give your deck or patio a little extra privacy. Plus, if you site the bigger shrubs right, they can help cast a little extra shade at the end of the day. Garden size: 10 by 12 feet.
When you work long days, it's great to be able to enjoy the yard at night. This garden is perfect for planting along your deck or patio because the light-colored flowers shimmer in the moonlight and many are fragrant when the sun goes down. Garden size: 7 by 21 feet.