5 Non-Traditional Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces


Head Up, Not Out

Potted plants are a dime a dozen, but what about a wall full of green to decorate your outside living space? Vertical gardens are all the rage and they're just as easy to plant as they are to care for. You can buy the prefab pouches that come in a variety of widths and lengths, and they hang as a unit on a garden or house wall. For a handmade vertical garden with a rustic feel, keep an eye out for a palette on the side of the road and staple landscape fabric to the back and three sides. Fill it with soil and plant the spaces in between the boards. Then prop it up against a wall and watch it grow.

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