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ON SCREEN Erect a screen of non-flammable ma­te­ri­als, such as gal­vanised re­in­forc­ing steel, in front of the pipes, wa­ter heater and breather vent. Use the same type of screen for a bin stor­age area be­hind car­port.

CLIMB HIGH Plant a scented climber and train it along the screen.

LAYER UP Plant low, clumping plants and ferns in small groups of 3-5 around the court­yard to add an­other plant­ing layer. Choose a max­i­mum of 3 species.

PATH­WAYS Build a path of large blue­stone step­ping stones and peb­bles through the cen­tre of the court­yard to con­nect doors to new path along fence. Square, round or rec­tan­gu­lar pavers could also be used.

WELL CON­TAINED Choose some ori­en­tal-style con­tain­ers and plant with bon­sai, bam­boo or dwarf trees as fea­tures for ver­ti­cal con­trast. Add a Ja­panese-style wa­ter bowl, Zen sculp­ture or sim­i­lar dec­o­ra­tive ob­ject to suit the theme.

ALL-DAY COV­ER­AGE Plant ground­cov­ers around the edges of the court­yard. Plant at least 2 for va­ri­ety.

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