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In early fall the front entry is dominated by the vivid leaves of Cornus florida and Cornus kousa (dogwoods), tall ornamental grasses, and remnants of summer planting. "The garden is a workhorse; with two young boys and two rambunctious dogs, I try not to be too attached to any one part of the landscape, as I’ve found the beauty of plants can be fleeting at their hands (and paws)." What really tests the mettle of Anna's planting is that she doesn't use irrigation. "We don't water because there's enough rainfall, so any plant that doesn't do well or dies will not be replaced. This is a testing ground for future landscapes so I can confidently tell my clients that plant will indeed perform well with little water and care."