Magazine article Sunset

Long and Low Planter along the Pool

Magazine article Sunset

Long and Low Planter along the Pool

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Long and low planter along the pool

Flanking the pool in a long, slender back garden, this raised planter performs several jobs. Its low profile adds breadth to the yard, while its change in elevation punctuates otherwise level areas. In its rich, well-drained soil, owners Nancy and Bob Shurtleff grow annual and perennial blooming flowers for display and cutting. Before the remodel, the garden suffered from poor soil with bad drainage, and it lacked privacy.

The planter's 16-inch height raises the flowers so they can be seen from the house above the white dolomite concrete decking that surrounds 9- by 40-foot lap pool.

More importantly, the young eugenias (Syzygium paniculatum, a forst-tender broad-leafed evergreen) that were planted as a privacy screen along a wooden fence get a two-year head start in height. Before the remodel, the view was open to the fence and the house next door.

For poolisde seating and stretching out, a 28-inch-wide bench runs the full 60-foot-length of the planter. …

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