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Hammocks, universal symbols of relaxation, provide perfect outdoor resting places. Placement of a hammock is key: Anchoring it between two trees is the romantic, traditional method, but it's often more practical and convenient to use a stand, which can be attached to wheels and easily repositioned. Either way, “Make sure that you have some shade so you don't scorch yourself and about fifteen feet of flat ground so you don't tip,” says Frank Rabey of the retailer Hammock Source.

1. Royal Botania's Wave hammock (from $25,919; 

2. Marimekko's Kimara hammock ($295;

3. Hästens cotton hammock ($284;

Garden Design
May 2012