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Plantscaping Ideas for Decks and Patios

By: Marie Hofer
November 25, 2014

Create a plush deck or patio container garden with perimeter plantings that accentuate the space.

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Container-grown trees and shrubs are good choices for small spaces as with this rooftop garden. The grasses provide texture.

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Patio containers require plants that meet specific height and sun requirements. When buying plants, also check for soil preference, sun or shade needs and hardiness ratings. Varying the type of containers you use produces an infinite range of possibilities for a patio.

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No privacy fence necessary here: The large palm fronds give this patio privacy and, along with the pink flowers,offer a tropical feel.

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Fragrant plants like lavender and artemisia add beautiful silver-gray texture to this patio and make sure wonderful smells will abound.

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