Category - PatioZen

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PatioZen: Pondless Water Features
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PatioZen: Living Walls and Vertical Gardens
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PatioZen: Deck Around Tree. Ten Great Deck Spaces
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PatioZen: Using Vines in a Patio Space
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PatioZen: The Winter Garden

PatioZen: Pondless Water Features

This week’s PatioZen is all about water. In this article, we will look at several different pondless water features for patios and garden areas, and consider how these work in their environment.

Water features provide stimulation to the senses. The sound of the water rushing through the environment, and of course the visual interest the water provides are the most significant sensual impacts of a water feature. But there is also the touch of water mists hitting those around the waterfall, the taste of water, and the smell of the change in moisture levels.

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PatioZen: Living Walls and Vertical Gardens

Lining the walls, fence areas, and trellises with plants can turn a drab space into a vertical garden soaring with life. These living walls have become more and more common, and there are several DIY and commercial designs going in every direction. These designs range from suspended pots and plant holders designed to be mounted on walls, to the creative use of old pallets, picture frames, furniture pieces, etc as plant holders.

This week’s PatioZen focuses on giving some ideas to gardeners looking to implement these sorts of Living Wall systems. We have mostly stuck to spaces and ideas achievable by amateurs, as opposed to professional garden designers.

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PatioZen: Deck Around Tree. Ten Great Deck Spaces

There’s something magical and whimsical about trees growing through decks and porches. So often in decks and patio spaces, the focus is on the man-made structures, with nature taking a secondary role. When designers allow for existing plant life and trees to grow through decks and porches, it feels like the man made structures take a secondary role to the natural elements. This week’s PatioZen features ten examples of Deck Around Tree designs.

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