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The right wall makes all the difference. Before, with just bleak concrete blocks behind it, the pool in Mary and Paul Schweikher’s Phoenix backyard felt hemmed in. Now, backed by the enveloping curves of a stone-filled wire-mesh wall designed by Christy Ten Eyck (teneyckla.com), this part of the yard feels cozy. Yellow and gray shade sails overhead provide much-needed respite from sun, and Richard Serra–esque steel planters balance the heft and drama of the river-rock wall. A generous sprinkling of plants adds softness.