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Question: 1. I would like to provide an actracive decidious tree in an area between the rear of my single-story home and a 4' high masonry wall (approximately 10' width). This area receives morning full morning sun.
2. Additionally, we have a relatively norrow area,approximately 2' planting are with 3' width between a pool and masonry wall. The pool is salt water and we have a golden retriever that loves to swim, so this area gets splash from the pool. Currently, this area has horse tail reed and rocks; unfortunately, our dog has damage some of the plants with his waggin tail and e don't like the looks of the plant any longer - its aggressive and damages easily. We'd like a recommendation for this area.

Answer: Susan,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

The presence of salty water splashing adds a big challenge to plant selection for the pool area. Some possibilities to consider include the groundcover Hardy Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi) and one of the many low growing types of Juniper. For the deciduous tree I suggest a large variety of Crape Myrtle such as 'Natchez' which can reach to 30 feet in time and offers summer blooms. Another option is the

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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