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Side Garden

Revel in the colors and blooms of a garden as you walk from the front yard to the back.

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This garden plan transforms the short walk from front yard to back into a stroll through a colorful shade garden. It brings beauty to the strip of ground between the side of a house and the property line -- an area that is often drab and neglected. The gently curving path can be constructed of 2-foot pieces of flagstone, crushed rock, shredded bark, or brick. The perennials all perform well in partial to full shade. Foliage textures vary from lacy ferns to bold hostas, and flowering perennials provide seasonal highlights.

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