Think of your patio as a small garden and ask yourself two questions: what should you use instead of grass for the floor, and what can you use for the walls?
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Unless disguised by climbing evergreens, the walls will be prominent features of a patio, and need careful thought. Flick through a few garden design books for inspiration, looking at backdrops to see what's aesthetically and practically possible. Stuccoed walls in pastel shades provide privacy.
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