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The toughies grow on the street side, the dainties grow on the house side.

Sun- and shade-loving plants grow on opposite sides of a 6-foot-tall fence in this once-bare front yard in Davis, California. On the sunny street side, passers-by see hardly, low-maintenance plants. Inside the courtyard, delicate plants that appreciate wind protection and daily summer watering thrive in the filtered shade of the 10-by 19-foot trellis.

Landscape designer Michael Glassman of Greenscapes and Graphics designed the yard to add privacy and sun control to the house. He first added the house-wide fence 15 feet from the sidewalk. The low-maintenance yard was planned for year-round color and texture: interspersed among trailing pink verbena (V. peruviana) ground cover are fornight lilies (dietes vegeta), daylilies (Hemerocallis, mugho pines, and two bonsai Japanese black pines (Pinus thunbergiana). A coral passion flower (Passiflora jamesonii) is trained up the fence.

Planted around a stream under the shade of the overhead trellis are Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) ground cover, and varieties of philodendron and fern.
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Date:Jun 1, 1984
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