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How-To: Create a Simple and Elegant Patio Garden

Short on space? That's no reason to forego a garden. This homeowner took advantage of a nook to create a container garden that's both soothing and elegant.
If you have a similar space that could benefit from a bit of greenery, start with beautiful pottery. Since this will be a container garden, your containers should be coordinated or complementary, since all eyes will be on the containers as well as the plants. Choose plants depending on how much light the space receives, but make sure they're no-fuss, low-maintenance plants. Succulents are a great choice. You can also add visual interest by playing with height and dimension. Try some fast-growing bamboo to train eyes upwards.

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