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Vertical gardening tips: Add beauty and function to a small yard

Vertical gardening tips: Add beauty and function to a small yard

When Sarah Trautvetter bought her Federal Hill row house in 2004, the backyard was not among its finest features. But Trautvetter was not intimidated. As a landscape architect and owner of Traut Landscape Studio, she knew the space had potential. Initially, she spruced up the small area with potted plants and morning glories. About five years after moving in, she made several more substantial changes, adding a raised planter box and a wood-and-steel-wire trellis that’s home to flourishing Japanese honeysuckle. The structures do double duty, hiding unsightly siding on the back of the house and an awkward pipe while adding color and warmth to the space as a whole. “I turned a...

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