Before: Yard In Need of Sprucing Up

Seven years ago, Corky was a gardening novice, though you'd never know it from the looks of her yard today. Back then, she and her boyfriend, Michael O'Brien, were too consumed with renovating their 1930s Tudor Revival house to worry much about their green space. It wasn't until the next-door neighbors piped up about unkempt shrubs scratching their cars that the couple turned their attention outdoors. The privet hedge along the side yard would have to go, which got Corky thinking about what could take its place.

Shown: With plans to remove the privet hedge and turf grass, Corky used a clothesline and stakes to map out future beds and paths.
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