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 CaptionMatt plans to lay a new stone hardscape and plant hardy, drought-tolerant plants that will survive on their own while the homeowner is away.
Matt's plan calls for an overhaul of the existing patio and provides a new stone hardscape. This is accentuated by drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plantings that won't suffer during Patti's long absences. An existing citrus tree is saved and serves as a new horticultural focal point for the space.