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For the rest of us who don't live on sprawling estates, it's a challenge to find an outdoors area of our apartments, condominiums, lofts, or other attached multi-unit dwellings. Learn space-efficient ideas to make the most of your outside space. Discover the range of possibilities that could transform your areas outdoors into private retreats, places to entertain, or spaces to garden.
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Outdoor Privacy Screens - Shrubs, Trees, Vines and Other Plants
With an outdoor privacy screen, you can add some much-needed privacy to your pool, hot tub or spa area. Maybe you want privacy for a small space or certain area of your yard, patio, deck or balcony. An outdoor privacy screen gives you personal space away from the view of neighbors or passers-by. This photo gallery of shrubs, trees and other...

Small Space Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways
Enjoy these outdoor spaces, however small they may be. Believe it or not, hard work in your yard may go unnoticed if it's too far away for visitors to easily access. A few steps outside your door can instantly send you to a different world, where details can be viewed and enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden space or outdoor room,...

Succulent Landscape Design Ideas
Ready to see succulents like never before? If you live in an arid climate, chances are good that you can use your swimming pool, spa, patio or deck nearly year 'round. Along with the advantages of enjoying your outdoor space all year comes the challenge of selecting the right plants for landscaping. Succulents have gained in popularity over the...

Garden Design for Small Spaces
Follow along as Marie Ianotti, About.com's Guide to Gardening, reveals challenges and solutions for small-space gardens and outdoor living spaces. "Virtually any plant or garden style can be worked into a small garden space," explains Ianotti. "The principles of good garden design still apply, but you’ll need to tweak them slightly."

Landscaping Urban Lofts
Even though artists and designers may live in urban lofts, they still like their gardens. Artists in downtown Los Angeles' Brewery Lofts open their doors for a look inside and outside their creative dwellings.

Up Close and Personal: Patio & Terrace Gardening
Bringing your plants closer to you and your house makes it possible for you to spend time gardening and enjoying the nearby view. A patio or terrace provides the perfect place to satisfy your gardening fix while not taking lots of time or money.

Landscaping on a Patio or Terrace: Outdoor Rooms & Small Playgrounds
Now that your terrace or patio is built, how will you tackle the landscape design? Follow the design strategies and approaches suggested by Marie Ianotti, About.com's Guide to Gardening, in this information-packed article.

Vegetable Gardening in a Small Space
You don’t need a farm to grow fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits, according to Marie Ianotti, About.com's Guide to Gardening. "You don’t really even need a garden. Plant breeders know that after taste, home gardeners want a high yield in a small space. So they’ve been developing more varieties that can grow in a small foot print or even live in containers all year long."

Patriotic Porches, Patios and Decks
Your outdoor space may consist of a front door and a balcony, which is more than enough to decorate with red, white and blue and show your patriotic pride.

What is a Rooftop Patio?
Create an outdoor space on your city balcony or rooftop. Follow our advice to get the most out of a small space.

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