Formal English Garden

A dirt and weed-filled backyard is transformed into a lush formal garden complete with elegant fountain.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThese homeowners have a big backyard, but it's empty and boring.
Cathie VanBuskirk has lived in this home since she was nine-years-old, but she's now added a husband, Mark, and three sons. In addition, her mother lives with them. Though they love the home, Cathie and Mark's backyard is just dirt, weeds and a little lawn.

Landscape dsigner Matt Akabane transforms the space from a kids' sports area to a relaxing garden full of flowers and fruit trees. To create a formal English garden, he includes quadrant plantings, a traditional fountain and curving brick pathways.