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Dining al fresco

By Garden Designer Sarah Layton. Here we look at two patio gardens in the city with no lawn, but lots of lush planting and room for outside dining.

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This city garden (above) was planted for for two keen gardeners who preferred no lawn. Plants include: a great evergreen climber with abundant white flowers in spring Clematis armandii, a ground cover with purple-tinged leaves Heuchera m. 'Palace Purple', an evergreen shrub with purplish foliage Nandina domestica, Lavandula 'Hidcote Blue' and Bergenia 'Silberlicht.

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This this image is a formal contemporary dining area by the entrance to the house. Plants inlcude: The purple foliage in the forefront from Cotinus c. 'Royal Purple', tall wispy spires of the purple Verbena bonariensis, some tall bamboo Phyllostachys aurea and and the evergreen Bergenia 'Silberlicht'.

Designed by Sarah Layton

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