Free plan: A garden of outdoor rooms

A designer shares her secrets for creating a cool backyard getaway

Use your corners
Marion Brenner

Use your corners

To furnish a retreat where she and husband Elliot relax, Wagner set out a pair of redwood Adirondack chairs made by her brother-in-law. Dry-laid flagstones interplanted with lime green Scotch moss add to the serene feel.

"This is our no-cell-phone zone," Wagner says.  

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