Before and After: Modern Minimalist Backyard Makeover

Host Matt James transforms a concrete pad into Zen-like paradise.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionMost bamboos love plenty of water, so don't let them dry out, as reviving them can be virtually impossible.
Because Caliopie isn't an avid gardener and works long hours, she wants a low-maintenance backyard. So the new space has several planters filled with golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) and colorful perennials, such as gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'). Golden bamboo can be somewhat invasive, so it's better to grow in a tub if you've got a small garden. For someone like Caliopie who isn't sure how to take care of plants, the best part is that it needs very little maintenance. Just the occasional water once its established.

Bamboo is a great architectural plant that adds height and bulk to any planting scheme. Plus it does well in containers. There are hundreds of different types available, several of which can grow up to 40 feet or more. It's this height factor that prompted Matt to use them here.

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