Ronda Kaysen c.2019 The New York Times Company
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7 Nov 2019
5:12 pm

How to improve your outdoor space: build your backdrop

Ronda Kaysen c.2019 The New York Times Company

Potted plants add colour, dimension and personality to any garden.

How to improve your outdoor space: build your backdrop. (Simon Kämpfer/The New York Times)

A garden is an ever-evolving part of your home, grown and tended through the years. Don’t expect to get it done all at once. Instead, focus on one or two projects a season, with a long-term plan in mind. Build your backdrop  If your outdoor space allows it, make a privacy screen with foliage, using evergreens like arborvitae to create a green wall. Turn a brick balcony wall into a green one with a trellis wrapped with climbing ivy, Virginia creeper or clematis. Use tall potted plants or a freestanding trellis as a screen to separate areas within your outdoor...

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