succulents in a planter at a garden path entrance
Photo: Jennifer Cheung
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2. Design for Outdoor Rooms

"A furnished garden shouldn't look too perfect or contrived," says Susie Beall, an interior designer who, with her architect husband, Ed, conceived the gardens on their rolling acre in Southern California. Their goal: to create outside rooms as comfortable as the ones inside.

Shown: Succulents spill out of a pillar-like planter at a path entrance, with an iron bell hanging from a nearby tree.
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