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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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.