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America's Most Desperate Landscape 2010: Landscaping Tips for Weekly Winner No. 8

The 8th weekly winner is Patricia Moser of St. Petersburg, Fl., for her photos of a barren front yard. Jason Cameron explains how to turn this forlorn scape into a beautiful front yard .

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Build a 26"-tall wooden planter box that covers the length of the area under the far left window. Paint the box a bright hue that coordinates with the new stucco and door colors. Fill the box with flowering annuals or leafy tropicals such Xanadu philodendron (Philodendron x 'Xanadu'. Then create a planting bed around the lamppost and connect to the driveway. Plant the new area with an evergreen shrub such as variegated pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata').