a deck with steps and layered planters
Photo: John Ellis
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21. Lots of Levels

Create the illusion of greater space by keeping the eye moving up and down. A stepped deck design like this is one way to do it, but you can also create levels by clustering tall and low container plants and ornaments together.

Similar to shown: 10-inch Asian Ceramic Elephant plant stand, in three color options, about $35; Wayfair
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