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Outdoor makeover Week 1: Hey yew, get off of my yard

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Courtesy of Lisa Ciesielski Yews had their place in the history of American landscaping -- and that's where this family would like to leave them.

A decorative container filled with seasonal plantings will add a finishing touch to the front entry.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

Little lime hydrangea can help give a layered look to a landscape design.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

Knock Out Roses can help give a layered look to a landscape design.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

Dwarf Fountain grass contrasts nicely with flowering plants surrounding it.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

Green velvet boxwood can help anchor the corner of a house.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

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An outcropping of stones near an ornamental tree can add dimension to an outdoor design as well as help to anchor the house.

Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Cente

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Remember when yews were the bush in fashion? The house we bought from my in-laws had plenty. They continue to get more and more overgrown every year, and each winter we spend too much effort knocking the snow off (so they don't die!).
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    • Courtesy of Lisa Ciesielski Yews had their place in the history of American landscaping — and that’s where this family would like to leave them.
    •  A decorative container filled with seasonal plantings will add a finishing touch to the front entry.
    •  Little lime hydrangea can help give a layered look to a landscape design.
    •  Knock Out Roses can help give a layered look to a landscape design.
    •  Dwarf Fountain grass contrasts nicely with flowering plants surrounding it.
    •  Green velvet boxwood can help anchor the corner of a house.
    •  An outcropping of stones near an ornamental tree can add dimension to an outdoor design as well as help to anchor the house.
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