Everyone loves to be surrounded by plants, but who has the time, energy, and patience needed to cultivate a large, work-intensive garden? Here's a guide for everyone who wants the peace and tranquility of a private retreat without the fuss. Easier to create and tend, patio and courtyard gardens also offer more enjoyment per square foot than other gardens. They are designed for living--eating, entertaining, or simply sitting--not admiring from afar. All you need to know to make these intimate "outdoor rooms" is found in these pages. Learn how to choose and lay the surface. . .pick containers...construct raised beds. . .even add finishing touches such as lighting. And, a comprehensive, fully illustrated plant directory gives a host of ideas for filling your garden with flowers and foliage--and tips to ensure they will thrive. So, relax--the perfect garden retreat is just outside your door.Courtier, Jane is the author of 'Courtyard and Patio Plants: Instant Reference to More than 250 Plants' with ISBN 9780304356027 and ISBN 0304356026.