How to perk up your patio [Pictures]
If overgrown foliage, outdated furniture and an overall lack of imagination have contributed to the state of emergency that now describes your patio, don't fret. We have assembled a team of experts to offer some patio-perfect tips to get your outdoor area ready for warm-weather entertaining. -John-John Williams IV
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Cool umbrellas( Photo courtesy of Watson's Fireplace & Patio / September 6, 2011 )
Fire pits will help on cool nights and to extend the season of your patio, but Megan Maddox, a spokeswoman for Watson's Fireplace & Patio in Timonium, says on most summery days shade is essential. "A new umbrella will add style, color and shade making your patio more functional as well as pretty," Maddox said.
This Shanghai Umbrella by Treasure Garden is sold at Watson's Fireplace & Patio.