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HGTV: Country French Backyard

Before: Area in front of deck is wasted space

After: Beautiful new gardens!

Notes: The area in front of the deck was a patch of unattractive grass that served as a byway to Andrew Tarr’s stage-like deck. I knew he loved French Country style so I planned a simple and fragrant garden that included giant terra cotta pots with citrus trees under planted by French lavender. Flagstone steppingstones were carved into the revitalized lawn leading the way to a new sitting area. Punctuating the sitting area is a pair of “instant topiaries,” a “living coffee-table,” featuring inlayed plants and a new lattice screen background.  The plant beds were mulched with rich gold decomposed granite.

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