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Before and After: 4 Outdoor Makeovers Transform Oddly Shaped Lots (12 photos)

After: The new garden offers spaces for outdoor living, entertaining and quiet contemplation — ticking all the boxes on the homeowners’ wish list. A decomposed gravel path winds through multiple garden spaces; it starts at a fire pit patio, then curves around a flagstone labyrinth, then moves past a native meadow garden and finally ends at a kitchen garden, set off by a redwood arbor.

Plantings include many California natives, including California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) and western redbud (Cercis occidentalis), as well as low-water staples such as rosemary and agave. The climate-appropriate plantings offer far more to local pollinators and wildlife — and interest for the homeowners — than the expanse of clipped grass did before.

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