Create an outdoor oasis

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Photography by William Dickey / Styling by Yukie Mclean

Turn your garden into an extension of your home by creating an outdoor oasis with comfortable seating and worry-free flora.

For some, enjoying the great outdoors includes hours of digging, fertilizing, planting, and pruning. Others find pleasure in an easy, breezy backyard haven that offers a perfect place for alfresco dining and relaxing.

These homeowners designed three such living spaces in their charming yard. One tucked-away area features a fountain  overlooked by a table and chairs. In the evening, the setting is enhanced by the soft glow of outdoor lighting and candles. The gazebo is another favorite hideaway, with cushy chairs, a gentle fan, and lush jasmine ensuring a great spot for enjoying an afternoon in the shade. For larger crowds, an eight-top table on the
deck offers supreme seating for cocktails and conversation. backyard blissbackyard bliss3

The couple continues their low-fuss philosophy in the garden, choosing native selections like ferns and host as that require minimal maintenance and afford maximum enjoyment.

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