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Question: my front lawn front lawn connects with my next door neighbor's front yard and would like to know what I plant to divide the yards or what I can put there other than a fence ...I have a asian style front yard so I want to stay with theme

Answer: This is an interesting question. Many Japanese gardens "borrow" scenery from their surroundings but they also use fencing or plantings to frame their views. There are many different ways you could do this. You could use a simple division of low bamboo panels set far apart so there is not a solid line but just a suggestion of a division; you could make a gravel strip and set large stones along it; you could make an edge of flat natural stones or Belgian blocks; you could use round posts pounded into the ground to different heights; you could use a line of mugho pines or peonies or Siberian iris; you could do an island planting of evergreens. You might also want to look at a book or two on Japanese gardens for inspiration. Your local librarian should be able to show you some. Enjoy your garden!

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