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Turn a barren yard into an outdoor room

Designer tips for transforming a dry lot into a peaceful sitting area. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong

SELECTED PLANTS
(H - maximum height; W - maximum spread)
1 - ‘Holmstrup' white cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup'), pyramidal form, apple green foliage, H 2.5 m, W 1 m, Zone 3

2 - Wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana), upright, rounded form, textured dark green foliage, H 2 m, H 1.5 m, Zone 3

3 - Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata), pyramidal form, dark green foliage, red fruit, H 2.4 m, H 2 m, Zone 4

4 - Golden hop vine (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus'), fast-growing, chartreuse-yellow foliage, ornamental fruit, H 6 m, Zone 3

5 - ‘Dropmore Scarlet' honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet'), blue-green foliage, orange-scarlet flowers, red fruit, H 5 m, H 2.5 m, Zone 3

6 - ‘Coral Beauty' cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty'), mounding form, dark green foliage, white flowers, H 50 cm, H 1.8 m, Zone 4

7 - ‘Dissecta' cutleaf staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Dissecta'), spreading habit, finely cut green foliage, orange in fall, H 2.5 m, H 3 m, Zone 3

8 - ‘coccinea' spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Coccinea'), mounding form, crimson-red flowers, H 60 cm, H 80 cm, Zone 4

9 - ‘Yukon Belle' firethorn (Pyracantha angustifolia ‘Yukon Belle'), upright form, spreading habit, medium green foliage, H 1.8 m, H 1.8 m, Zone 4

10 - Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), upright, open form, medium green foliage, H 5 m, H 3 m, Zone 4

11 - ‘Nearly Wild' rose low, rounded form, glossy green foliage, single, rose-pink flowers, H 1 m, H 1.5 m, Zone 3

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