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• Plant pen­ny­royal

be­tween flag­stones to de­ter ants and soften the look of hard sur­faces in a lawn-less area. Mondo grass also works well.

• Use mir­rors to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of space and boost nat­u­ral light. Sal­vaged doors and win­dows make great mir­ror frames.

• Change level to cre­ate more depth. A sec­ond tier is ideal, but you can get the same ef­fect with a re­tain­ing wall or even just a few raised beds.

• Keep gar­den fur­ni­ture

to a min­i­mum and go for small pieces such as a bistro set­ting in­stead of a six-seater ta­ble.

1 Go ver­ti­cal in small out­door ar­eas to free up floor space, us­ing wall gar­dens, hang­ing bas­kets and dec­o­ra­tions such as lamps and mir­rors. Lay a path that leads to a fo­cal point and you’ll cre­ate depth, while mixed plant­ing heights add di­men­sion. And don’t for­get colour!

2 Ver­ti­cal gar­dens are vis­ually stun­ning, but they do need a bit of care. Try suc­cu­lents and use coir pot­ting mix blocks with ex­tra wa­ter crys­tals so they don’t dry out as fast.

3 No gar­den beds? No wor­ries! Vi­brant bloomers such as pink fuch­sia and red pelargo­ni­ums per­form well in pots, so you can add colour wher­ever you need it. And they look fab­u­lous against a dark painted fence.

What to plant

Bougainvil­lea Bromeliad Be­go­nia Frangi­pani Chi­nese star jas­mine Rose­mary Pen­ny­royal Mini mondo grass

Fig tree Gera­nium Coleus Fuch­sia

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