Island Bed 1

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A living sculpture-the gracefully weeping pea tree-is the focus of this garden bed. In spring, the pea tree’s cascading branches are bright with myriad yellow blossoms. At its feet is a garden of low-growing perennials, blending burgundy foliage with purple and pink flowers. Four varieties of bulbs, at the bottom of the list, are an optional addition for even more spring color. This free-form bed is equally at home in the back yard or in front, where its bounty of blooms will call out a cheerful greeting to passers-by. Plant in a sunny spot or one with afternoon shade.

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