Trendy Tropical Garden

A plain front yard gets a major facelift that fits its quirky, bohemian Venice neighborhood.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis couple's front yard is rundown and provides little privacy but according to Matt James this yard has plenty of potential.
Newlyweds Matt and Michelle Turner have lived in their cute, trendy Venice home for three years. They love the house and the neighborhood, but they hate the garden. Host Matt James combines a distinctive fence with lots of tropical plants to create a front-yard sanctuary.

An old chain-link fence, a tired lawn and an unimaginative concrete path provide little interest or privacy for the front yard. Although an overgrown hedge blocks the view and sounds of the busy park next door, Matt and Michelle would like new tropical plants that are better suited to the diminuitive size of their California garden. Having recently remodeled their home's interior, the homeowners want a garden that matches their funky and contemporary style.