Love the half wall and iron with pillars. Got to do this on the side of my patio area from the house to the back fence using cinder blocks and short wrought iron fencing from Home Depot, cover with stucco, add light posts on the pillars.
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Well-designed small garden with patio - angled design makes it feel more spacious. There is something for everyone - flower beds, hard surface, soft cool green grass in which to sink your bare feet, potted plants, rose-covered vertical space
an arbor covering the narrow side yard between the house and the fence. opportunity for a "secret garden". Water feature, flowers, bird feeders whatever you desire. Would be nice between house and detached garage too.
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Pondless Backyard Fountain Pond and Waterfall. Even without the fountain, which in Az will grow algae like nobody's business, I think the idea of softening up the patio with a little rock garden with plants mixed in.