IN THE GARDEN
lowers always impress,
and in Chris Beytes’
case, they worked
particularly well. He
gave Laura begonias on
their second date,
followed soon after by a
window box. Soon Chris and Laura got
married, and she’s been a container
gardener ever since.
When the couple moved into their
Illinois home in 2001, they had lots of
space, but nowhere to relax. “We had a
typical suburban house with a sea of
lawn and no landscaping,” Chris says.
Craving a private outdoor living area
—and a place for lots of pots—Chris and
Laura decided they needed a patio.
SET IT UP
Simple walls on
either side of the
shade and privacy.
The Beyteses plant
most of their pot
tender plants such
peppers and other
annuals fill the rest.
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SEPTEMBER2008 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS