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Need Curb and Backyard Appeal tips.. Please!

15 years ago

I would like some creative input on how to add appeal to my yard front and back. I have utilized the borders that I have, however they are very straight and boring. I just don't know how to tackle it. I have spent some time and money planting what I have now and want to keep those plants. I am willing to change the lines but need to keep existing plants in mind. I was thinking of some sort of island in the middle of my yard, but again don't know how to start.

My backyard is large and drops down into a canyon. I won't even touch it. I need to garden in spite of the canyon. I have two small sections that I planted in and the rest is patio, grass, trees, etc..

I am inspired by the "cottage" garden look, but don't know if it is possible with my layout. I will also be doing the work myself.

I would appreciate any design ideas you may have as well as plant, shrub, tree, flowers, suggestions. I am also wanting to add fun yard elements to my yard.

Thank you for your ideas!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of my front and backyard.

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