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The Backyard Envy Team Has a Genius Way to Create Cozy, Private Spaces

Oversized planters, it turns out, are key to your exterior design plan.

By Courtney Thompson
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If you caught the premiere of Backyard Envy tonight, then you’re probably like me: staring into the abyss of your outdoor space seeing a whole lot of missed opportunities. Crumbling patios, overgrown plantings, mismatched furniture… it’s a hot mess out there. But luckily, Garrett Magee, James DeSantis and Melissa Brasier are giving us all a hefty dose of inspiration when it comes to our backyards. And while I’m on the east coast and will have to wait a few months 'til the weather breaks and I can break out my gardening gloves out, those of you in warmer climes can start whipping your outdoor spaces into shape pronto.

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Garrett, James, and Melissa, who make up the exterior design firm Manscapers, tackle backyards from a landscaping, construction, and business relations POV. In this episode, we were totally taken with the planters they installed atop a townhouse in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.


Lining both the home’s deck and rooftop with cedar planters — that Manscapers then torched with fire to take on a dark black hue — Manscapers created the custom built-in “meadow boxes” to house a massive amount of plantings and to add some much-needed privacy from neighbors’ prying eyes. Read: Oversized planters are the backyard investment that keeps on giving!


Below we’ve rounded up a bunch of options that could work for your outdoor space, from a cedar one that you too could burn with fire (just be very careful!) to black-hued options in a variety of materials and price points. Line the outer edges of your entertaining spaces with these bad boys, then fill ‘em up with a variety of grasses and flowers, creating your very own meadow boxes. Feeling inspired? Then be sure to tune into Backyard Envy every Thursday at 10/9c!


Smart Carts Cedar Raised Garden


All Modern Freeport Self-Watering Plastic Planter Box


Veradek Pro Series Linear Plastic Pot Planter


Terrain Modern Fiber Cylinder Planter


Tierra Verde Lineata Slate Rubber Self-Watering Planter


Vasesource Matte Black Fiberstone Square Cube Planter

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