4 fixes for a dull outdoor space – The Washington Post

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Designer Charlotte Moss, who released her ninth book, “Garden Inspirations,” in April, knows how to take style outdoors. Here are some of her top tips for patios, lawns and gardens from a recent chat with Washington Post readers.
●For durable outdoor furniture, try all-weather wicker, cast aluminum or teak. “All-weather wicker gives an atmosphere of bringing the inside out and is available in different colors.” For teak, she warned that it fades naturally.
●For special garden urns and ornaments, try scouring antique shops and markets to create a mix of “the odd and unusual.” Moss also likes Haddonstone, Seibert & Rice, Accents of France and Authentic Provence.
●For a colorful container garden, Moss prefers knock-out roses, white New Guinea impatiens, petunias and geraniums. For shady spots, she suggests Boston and tree ferns for some low-maintenance greenery. “If you have full sun, think of mixing some herbs with your flowers for added fragrance.”
●For patio flowers that will outlive the summer, plant some dahlias, which are in abundance in September, both potted and cut. Moss also suggests small yellow-leafed shrubs, such as spirea.
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