Water-Saving Garden

Host Matt James transforms a large desolate backyard into a beautiful drought-tolerant garden.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe homeowners want to create an area for entertaining and relaxing surrounded by drought-tolerant plants that thrive in the dry, desert-like Los Angeles climate.
Architect Jamie and attorney Alexis Myer are busy young professionals with a very noisy neighbor — LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world. Their daunting backyard looks more like a field than a garden and they harbor dreams of a water-saving space where they can also grow veggies. Host Matt James uses all his garden knowledge to create a garden with a real wow factor that saves water and doesn't cost them a lot.

Jamie and Alexis bought their home as a renovation project, and it has taken all their time, money and energy to get it to their standards. So they haven't had time to attack the mammoth barren expanse that is their garden. Even though anything would be an improvement, it is not a complete loss as the yard boasts some great trees, including an avocado tree. As keen gardeners, they would like a spot to grow their own vegetables.