Before: Desolate BackyardArchitect Jamie and attorney Alexis Myer are busy young professionals with a very noisy neighbor — LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world. Their daunting backyard looks more like a field than a garden and they harbor dreams of a water-saving space where they can also grow veggies. Host Matt James uses all his garden knowledge to create a garden with a real wow factor that saves water and doesn't cost them a lot.
Jamie and Alexis bought their home as a renovation project, and it has taken all their time, money and energy to get it to their standards. So they haven't had time to attack the mammoth barren expanse that is their garden. Even though anything would be an improvement, it is not a complete loss as the yard boasts some great trees, including an avocado tree. As keen gardeners, they would like a spot to grow their own vegetables.
After: LA-Inspired Water-Saving GardenThey've added two raised vegetable beds, secluded seating and drought-tolerant plantings.
Drought-Tolerant PlantingsAgaves, ice plants, ornamental grasses, herbs such as rosemary and lavender and other drought-tolerant plants dominate the landscape. Here Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) provides contrasting texture with nearby plants and has been strategically positioned to lead the eye through the garden.
Raised Vegetable BedsJamie and Alexis handpicked peppers, tomatoes, pole beans and oregano to plant in their new veggie garden.