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Functional Outdoor Spaces

When planning your landscaping project, it's important to create spaces that serve specific purposes. Think about how you want to use your yard, then incorporate those features in your landscape.
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Outdoor Fire Pit

Fire pits and seating areas are popular features to incorporate into an outdoor living space, providing the perfect spot to hang out with friends and family. Design by Jane Ellison

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Photo: Stuart Lirette

Outdoor Dining Areas

Outdoor eating areas are great for entertaining guests, especially during the summer grilling season. This inviting dining area is only a few steps from the kitchen, making it the perfect place to serve brunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Design by Jane Ellison

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Photo: Jamie Rector. From: The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie.

Secret Garden

To create an interesting garden, don't give it all away at first glance. Create spaces that aren't visible at first, and build a winding footpath that leads to a hidden alcove. In this garden a herringbone pathway leads to a dining area, garden table and lush plantings -- a perfect place to eat dinner or read a book. Design by Jamie Durie

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Play Areas

Make room for your pets or children to run around and play. These areas should have at least partial shade and a soft floor, such as recycled rubber or mulch. This yard, designed by Robert Hursthouse, provides a large grassy area and features a child-sized house where imaginations can thrive.

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