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Create a Restful Nook

Use plants to cocoon a garden spot.

  • Trees often are used as a canopy over a quiet nook. Here a pergola serves the same purpose.
  • In place of the heavy-duty look of wood, a delicate metal screen shields two chairs and a table.
  • Plants can complement each other and hardscape elements. In this nook, a burgundy Japanese maple pops against the yellow stucco and picks up the colors in the chair fabric.
  • Lower growing plants, including a climbing hydrangea, envelop the seating area, giving the setting softscape "sides."
  • Pretty blooms, including astilbe, get a boost by being planted in an elevated container.

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