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Retiring a Section of My Garden - But What To Do With It?

Southern NJ, United States(Zone 7a)

Ideas and inspiration needed!

I want to retire a section of my garden, a French-style potager with mixed flowers and vegetables, because it's just too much to weed and maintain, plus I don't need that much growing space. What can I do with it that won't be high-maintenance and that will add interest and appeal to the rest of the garden?

I'm also getting a wall-hung lion fountain; at first I was going to place it in that section along the fence and then try to let the area in front of it grow up in flowers. But I realized that the fountain will look better on the other side of the arbor, and that's a section that is easier to keep planted and weeded than the one I'd like to retire, so I want to keep that in veggies.

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