olive trees in courtyard. Evergreen, soft grey tones, hardy and easily shaped. My husband really wants one of these in our garden so he can have an "on-tap" supply of olives and a reminder of my Italian roots.
Make Storage Multitask (pool area?) Solve two outdoor problems -- a lack of seating and of storage -- at once. Transform wooden chests with paint and custom cushions made of waterproof foam and fabric. (For backyard toys, gardening stuff, and pool chems)