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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Planting a Deck
|A deck can be a perfect location for plants -- on and around it. The advantages of deckscaping include softening the edges, adding colorful accents, organizing space, providing privacy, reducing glare, and adding shade.|
Plants with a Purpose
Whether the plants are on the deck or planted adjacent to it, the introduction of a little green will help the deck blend into the garden and not appear as an object. Here are a few ways to add beauty and utility to your deck.
- Planted in containers or built-in structures, plants add color and accent to the deck. They can tie the structure to the garden, break up large expanses of open areas, highlight an entryway, or enliven a seating area.
- Plants can define different areas of a deck. Use four containers of evergreen shrubs to establish the corners of an outdoor dining area. Line them up side by side to screen an area for sunbathing.
- Make use of the walls of the house and train a vine or espalier a tree or shrub to soften the wall. Take advantage of the view from the deck and create patterns of planting in the garden beyond it.