Before: Awkward BackyardBusy Venice bachelor Tom Moyer has always dreamt of a space where he can get away from it all. However, his awkwardly-shaped yard is overgrown with dying plants and is divided into three very separate areas. With a lot of sweat and hard work, host Matt James and his team open up the space by using natural stone to tie all the areas together.
His yard poses an interesting challenge for Matt because it has three distinct areas that all need to be tied together. The huge hedge along the fenceline also throws up some difficulties.
After: Comfortable PatioThe overgrown hedge has been removed to create more space. In its place a temporary bamboo screen provides immediate privacy from the neighbors until the plants grow up in its place.
Before: Three Separate RoomsCombining them will take a little ingenuity and creative thinking. Tom wants durable plants that don't require a lot of care and fuss.
After: Unified Outdoor SpaceThis hardscape feature meanders from one end of the yard to the other, unifying the space. A bench on the opposite end of the yard provides seating and a focal point for that small space. Low-maintenance plantings include lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), variegated cast-iron plant (Aspidistra), nandina, ferns and ornamental grasses and complete the garden's new look.