Create an ‘outside room’ that overcomes the three challenges of shade, exposure and lack of space using uplifting, shade-tolerant shrubs, perennials and bulbs. A sense of seclusion can be achieved with decorative screens and trellis covered in deciduous, fragrant climbers that provide cover in the summer and let light in during the winter. Then ring the changes on the patio or deck with pots filled with annuals and tender perennials – perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

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