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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Bruce Wakefield (left) and Jerry Grossnickle impart a tropical look to their upper terrace with bold-foliage specimens such as a giant-leafed rice paper plant.

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BUILDING BLOCKS Broad-leafed ornamental rhubarb and the budding heads of sedum (foreground) lend structure to billowing beds of summer blooms.

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SUBMERGED TREASURE It’s an Oregon native, but the gardeners first saw the mounding Darmera peltatum (at center of pond) on an English garden tour.

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FLORAL PARADE Mixed borders of dahlias, black-eyed Susans, and white and pink phlox march toward the edge of the "woodland garden."

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INTO THE WOODS Shade-loving hostas and species rhododendrons (varieties that grow in the wild) create a soft transition between manicured beds and native forest.

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SOUTHERN BELLES The brilliant blue flowers of a South African lily of the Nile pop against the pale, shimmering foliage of a Pittosporum, native to New Zealand.

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WARDROBE CHANGE The spiky leaves of this pineapple lily, another South African native, start out burgundy in spring, then mellow to green.

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HOT STUFF Reflected heat from the home’s west wall helps keep desert plants like agave (foreground) toasty all year, dry-climate trees such as eucalyptus and acacia (both upper left) also thrive here.

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FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR A dwarf banana tree, which lives year-round in the green house, produces about 120 bananas a year.

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SPLASHY COLOR Flame-hued canna lilies and red spears of Lobelia tupa form a fiery backdrop for a plunge pool that feeds a waterfall on the lower terrace.

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