A good outdoor gathering space is like a living room where there’s always a breeze and you can pick fruit right off the trees. Steal these tips from our Test Garden for your very own oasis.
Light a campfire
Doppelgänger to a wind-tossed sea: Eco-Lawn, a blend of a half-dozen fescues that grows well in sun and shade, and never gets much above ankle height.
A disc swing crafted from ash and secured with 20 feet of polypropylene rope, $60; theoriginalropeswing.com
Garden in the sky
Lawn alternative: rich green Myoporum parvifolium
Plant a native garden
Packed with low-care plants, this Malibu, California, garden designed by Heather Lenkin (lenkindesig... - Photo by Jennifer Cheung
Add a poolside shower