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Backyard makeover: Space to unwind

From lawn to private retreat, a new outdoor living room makes a small home feel twice as big

Space to unwind water garden
Thomas J. Story 

The water garden

Surrounded by nectar- and pollen-rich plants, an 8-foot-diameter galvanized metal trough serves as a calming water feature. "It's the heart of the garden," says Ian of the "vibrant and alive" focal point that attracts butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds.

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