The Low-Maintenance Garden

Garden designer Matt James helps a busy California executive transform her backyard eyesore into a personal refuge.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis homeowner can often be found traveling. She would like her backyard transformed into a low-maintenance space that is geared toward rest and relaxation.
Patti Olmsted is a busy fast-food executive that spends most of her life on the road between business meetings. The garden has been left to suffer; in fact, it's been left to go to ruin. Host Matt James creates a cool yard where Patti can relax and unwind; he fills it with plants that won't suffer too much if she is away on business.

Surrounded by tired palms and random roses, a half-concrete, half-gravel patio is the unfortunate focal point in this backyard. Instead of a relaxing outdoor living space, it's shabby enough for the homeowner to keep her curtains closed so she doesn't have to see this eyesore. Patti longs for a comfortable, low-maintenance space to unwind with her dog Riley after a long business trip. She also wants a paved patio where she can entertain friends without worrying about trip hazards.