Before: Backyard EyesoreAfter a lifetime of looking out on the same old yard, Jacqui Powell and her son Maurice decide it's time for a change. Their Brooklyn brownstone has been handed down from generation to generation, and although the interior of the building has been transported into the 21st century, the backyard is trapped in a time warp. Host Matt James works his magic to create a garden bursting with bright plants, while remaining on a tight budget.
The new plan includes three principle areas: a large patio made from existing bluestone for entertaining, a lawn for the children to play on and a stone circle where the family can relax at the end of a long day.
After: Seating NookAt a fraction of the price of natural stone, this paving is a great alternative for those on a tight budget. When choosing concrete bricks, pick something that looks natural, and avoid the orange-yellow colored bricks that don't weather well. The existing bluestone paving was lifted and reused by putting it on a solid base to offer instant style.
gardening accessories (copper column water fountain #32-OZCWWC) - Kinetic Fountains
gardening accessories and furniture (Florence copper urns, Tranquility curved benches) - Yardiac.com
low voltage lighting (Malibu) - Intermatic
gardening accessories (Cambridge Renaissance circle in toffee and onyx shade, Holland bricks) - Bissett Nursery
fencing (Cedar Stockade) - Copperline Garden Center
Colorful PlantingsThe planting includes ornamental grasses, daylilies, Asiatic lilies, roses, ajuga, heliotrope, red-hot pokers and Salvia 'East Friesland'. Buddleia davidii 'Lochinch', also known as butterfly bush, has spiky mauve-blue flowers that will attract wildlife like butterflies. To keep it from getting unruly, prune back hard in March to about one foot from the ground. Evergreens, such as this holly, anchor the planting and provide winter interest.