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I love the 3rd, 4th, and 5th pictures the most.

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I especially like the trellis in #6.

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Great article, but I wish some photos that incorporate small trees had been included. I have a 2 story garage surrounded by a narrow bed that is close to the pool. I’m on my 3rd bed redo because the previous shrubs and perennials left too much hardiplank for my taste. I’ve considered small Japanese maples because they wouldn’t drop too much debris in the pool and would allow planting of perennials below, but I think the brutal Houston summer would take it’s toll even for the varieties deemed full sun tolerant.


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