This one was in a front yard. See what happens here in the tropics when the plants just keep growing without being tended. Cutting back rather than encouraging to grow is how we tend our gardens.
Another example of our plant palette here in zone 9. Isn't it wonderful? I took this photo five minutes after we finished the work. The rest of the crew is still cleaning up.
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