Decorating With Pots: Formal Elegance

Grand topiary shapes, mopheads, pyramids, spirals, and swagged pots create elegant lines and a cool, sophisticated look. Large, shaped plants are expensive, but boxwood can be quickly and cheaply styled into any design you want.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
Boxwood Hedge Frames Private Patio Entrance DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Theatrical Patio

Boxwood (Buxus) makes an excellent hedge and creates an intimate patio, seperate from the rest of the garden.

Ornamental Urn Adds Classical Touch to Balcony DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Baroque-Style Fernery

An ornamental Italianate container filled with ferns highlights the low-key classical look of any damp, shady corner.

Potted Boxwoods Draw Eye Toward Center Statuary DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Classical Influence

Stately sculptures and an impressive arch create this cleverly structured scene. Reflective, ordered, and elegant.

Plantings on Deck are Minimal for Clean Look DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Decked-Out Patio

The key ingredients of this mannered, set-piece scene are clean, straight lines and the orderly use of trees. The planting is almost minimalist, with the trees along one side of the decking given special prominence.

Topiary Mounds Border Gravel and Brick Pathway DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Evergreen Gumdrops

Evergreen topiary balls and sudden changes in perspective are packed into this small area.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

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