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If you have a ve­randa or pa­tio, give it a good tidy up and clean, and think about how you can best make use of your space.

“Built-in stor­age is a great idea for out­door small spa­ces, so you have a place to stash the clut­ter,” says Cherie. “On a bal­cony or pa­tio, think about a smart tim­ber slat cup­board or un­der-seat stor­age.”

If you have out­door fur­ni­ture on your pa­tio, en­sure it’s clean and still in good nick af­ter a cold win­ter.

One of the eas­i­est up­dates to your ve­randa is to ro­tate pot plants, says Anas­ta­sia from Mood De­sign, whose work is pic­tured, above.

“Plants are com­ing out of hi­ber­na­tion and pre­par­ing for their most im­pres­sive per­for­mance in spring so use th­ese at your en­trance or in com­mon out­door liv­ing ar­eas to show them off,” she says.

If space is an is­sue, visit your lo­cal hard­ware store for a ver­ti­cal gar­den kit, which will be easy and quick to in­stall.

If you’re con­cerned about pri­vacy from the neigh­bours, con­sider bam­boo or cane screen­ing for a nat­u­ral look that can eas­ily co-or­di­nate with your gar­den.

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