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The oft-neglected parkway strip (between street and sidewalk) can provide a wealth of color and texture, softening the visual approach to the rest of the yard and introducing a large palate to interest the casual passerby and delight the neighbors

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Plants introduced in the parkway are echoed across the sidewalk—the shaded steps lead invitingly to the back yard while nestling up against the base of the book barn (a la Little Free Library ®) which encourages neighbors to drop by and share books regularly

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Much-needed extra driveway space comes by way of loose-lay pavers, softening the functional look with natural color and providing percolation, not run-off, of rainwater for surrounding plants

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