HGTV Showdown Pics: Battle of the Landscapers

The HGTV Showdown season finale pits landscaper Gary Gragg against landscaper/carpenter Chip Wade in a contest to see who can create the most inviting curb appeal.

  • Mike Pettit's barren backyard has so little visual appeal that the HGTV pros get not just four, but five, hours to work on it. Mike is looking for a low-maintenance, Spanish-style gathering space for him and his friends as well as an open play area for his two dogs. Landscapers Gary Gragg and Chip Wade pair with Frank Fontana and Lauren Lake, respectively, in the season finale.
  • (From left) Designed to Sell's Chip Wade, who hangs up his work belt to show off his other talent as a landscaper on this Showdown episode, and Spice Up My Kitchen designer Lauren Lake exchange playful pre-game banter with designer Frank Fontana of Design on a Dime and landscaper Gary Gragg of Superscapes.
  • Gary and Frank sit down and start putting their heads together to formulate a design plan that meets homeowner Mike's requirements.
  • Gary opts to get a leg up on his competition by relying on his trusty skateboard to help him zip around the set and gather materials.
  • Over at camp Chip and Lauren, Jamie Durie (far left), host and respected landscaper in his own right, and homeowner Mike Pettit drop by to get a sneak preview of how things are going.
  • Lauren and Chip peruse the supply shelves and start labeling materials they'd like to use in their redo.
  • After - Runner-up: Homeowner Mike Pettit loved the Spanish theme that Gary and Frank patterned after his home, especially the colorful tile window surrounds, matching wall accessories and even the Mission-style bell. But he felt the lush greenery was a bit overwhelming and slightly claustrophobic. What do you think about the design? Blog and tell us.
  • The new fence and stucco white pillars match the Spanish style of the house and provide much-needed privacy. The fountain is not only the centerpiece of the new walkway to the front door, but also serves double duty as a buffer from the street noise on the other side of the gate.
  • A mini patio area houses a quaint table for two.
  • Lauren and Chip high-five as homeowner Mike Pettit (far left) announces that they've won the "Battle of the Landscapers."
  • After - The Winning Design: Team Chip and Lauren decided to warm up the façade with fresh gold paint accented by terra-cotta headers above and fresh floral planters below the windows. They also added a casual wicker chair and ottoman, which can be used for seating, by the front door. Mike loved it! Tell us which design you like best, and see if others agree with you.
  • The centerpiece is a simple birdbath filled with and surrounded by various types of plants and flowers. In an effort to accommodate homeowner Mike's request for a low-maintenance backyard, Chip had environmentally friendly rubber mulch brought in for the walkway. It doesn't decompose and is great for pets.
  • Lauren created a custom Spanish-tile mosaic to add a festive splash of color to the new bench seating area.
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