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Summertime, and the Living is Easy Outdoors.

By June 12, 2006

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According to the people who take statistics and then tell us what we want, gardeners are looking to down size their gardens and spend more time enjoying them. Sounds good? I’m not above having a cold drink in a cushy wicker rocker myself. But first you have to create the ‘outdoor living space’ to relax in.

The same steps apply to creating a living space as do to creating a garden. You need to consider what you plan to use it for, how much time (and money) you can give toward creating and maintaining it and, last but not least, your own taste and vision. Sounds like a lot, but chances are you’ve already done a good bit of thinking on the topic. Whether you want a garden spot by the pool, a place to entertain and relax after work or an indestructible play area, David Beaulieu has some wise suggestions for setting about to Divide and Conquer: Creating Outdoor Living Spaces. For instance, how about creating walls with lattice screening instead of fencing? Or creating a shaded seating area with a pergola, instead of a tree canopy. You could even incorporate a bit of feng shui into your design with your choice of colors. Debbie DeSpirt recommends choosing annuals based on your goals for the coming year. Um, maybe there is a lot to think about.

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