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What’s New in Outdoor Spaces - Ladue News: Special Features

What’s New in Outdoor Spaces

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Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:53 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

More than just standard vegetation is being cultivated outdoors as al fresco spaces become an integral part of the home for entertaining and relaxation.

Jim Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery

>  Container gardening has become more popular; use worn weathered pots for impact. The combination of annuals and perennials creates a dramatic effect.

>  Look for dwarf plant options to meet the needs of a small space.

>  Use deer resistant vegetation like boxwood plants, evergreens and crape myrtle, which provide color from mid-July through the first frost.

Mike Brueggenjohann, California Decks

>  Deck designs extend beyond the traditional, incorporating fire pits, gazebos, screen rooms and cooking islands.

>  Rich, earth-tone flooring with variegated patterns has taken precedence over the lighter, solid colors of the past.

>  Consider shade, size, ease of maintenance and lighting for ambiance or safety when designing deck space.

>  Under-deck rain drainage on an elevated deck provides protection from the elements and the option to convert the area underneath to a screened area, outdoor kitchen or dining space.

John Jacobsen, Liquid Assets Pools

>  Due to the green movement, pools with an eco-friendly design are increasing in popularity.

>  Pool covers significantly reduce heating needs, maintenance costs and save energy, often by 50 to 70 percent.

>  A salt chlorination system naturally filters chloride, eliminating harsh effects on your hair, skin and the air.

>  Use permeable/pervious surfaces for the decking and paving around your pool, allowing excess water to be filtrated and deposited back into the earth, preventing contamination of public waterways.

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