Before: Dust BowlZeina Farha is a single New Yorker with a passion for mid-century modern furniture. Her retro taste has been indulged throughout her home, but the yard is a sad story. The narrow backyard is a blank slate of dust and not much else, except for the invasive Japanese knotweed that's trying to infiltrate from a neighbor's yard. Plus, there's zero privacy and a terrible view. The ground is hard and compacted, and lots of organic matter are needed before any planting can be done. Host Matt James aims to turn the dusty, dead space into a garden where she can relax and hang out with her friends.
After: Green SceneZeina's garden transformation is complete. Flanked by a living wall of evergreen plants and small trees (including a Japanese snowbell), she and her friends can kick back in privacy on the new deck and enjoy a lush garden. A large collection of perennials will keep the garden in bloom throughout the seasons. Thyme is tucked around the flagstones.
Controlling An InvasiveJapanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is an extremely invasive shrub growing in a neighbor's yard. Zeina will need to stay vigilant, pulling up all volunteer seedlings in her yard — roots and all.