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At the heart of this open-air room is a beloved crabapple tree, visible from the kitchen windows, which provides food for the birds and a fragrant canopy over the lower terrace. The space was upgraded to accommodate the tree, and square-cut limestone paving stones, pea gravel, and planting beds replaced the uninviting lawn.

From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (The Taunton Press, 2013), page 64. Design by JSZLA; photo by Susan Teare.