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Many of us are lucky to live where natural stone is plentiful. Whether flat or rounded, granite, sandstone, or limestone, a stone wall made out of what’s local looks great because it is in keeping with the natural landscape. This dry stone wall was built without mortar. At its end, a ruin-like window seems to erupt from a sea of plantings.

From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (The Taunton Press, 2013), page 86. Design by JMMDS; photo by Bill Sumner.