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20 Ways to Create Instant Shade for Your Outdoor Room

Put a cover on your outdoor living space and create a refreshingly cool outdoor hangout.

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This plant is a good option for the south or west side of your patio. The hardy banana (Musa basjoo) can grow two feet per week during warm weather, eventually topping out at somewhere between 12 and 18 feet. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 6b, this tropical plant is the hardiest of all the bananas.

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