Ann Oddy, a 70-year-old from Wales, defies the clay soil, hot summers and drought of Texas and raises riotous flowers in yellow, hot pink, purple and orange -- along with shade plants -- not all native to the area. Her neighborhood tends toward manicured lawns, but her sprawl of salvias, garden phlox, purple coneflowers and more has received approval from neighbors who stop to talk or pick a flower.

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