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Create a striking, year round display in your backyard with spectacular low-maintenance plants.

- by Better Homes and Gardens

It's all about balance

The secret to creating a beautiful garden is balance. Leafy grasses and low growing succulents soften the geometric rigour of agaves and aloes.

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Lead the way

Don't forget to include a walkway in your garden bed. A subtle stepping stone pathway is ideal for improving access and bed maintenance.

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Popping pots

For extra impact punctuate greenery with large urns or intriguing pots.

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Colour bursts

Dare to take risks with plant placement. Agave varieties burst forth from a sea of crassula and blue chalk sticks.

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Low maintenance, maximum impact

A long lived plant, Crassula ovate will remain perfectly happy in the same pot for many years - so you had better choose one you like.

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Off the wall

Beautify dull fences and railings with the orange trumpet creeper (Pyrostegia venusta) - it produces a magnificent display in winter. Plant in full sun and prune lightly after flowering.

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