Before & After: A Charming and Romantic Side Yard Makeover

This next transformation is probably one of my all-time favorites, partly because I love side yards but mostly because it’s just so gorgeous. Landscape Designer Shirley Bovshow came up with an amazing side yard makeover a few years ago for a client living in Los Angeles. What used to be a narrow tunnel that wasn’t much more than a dusty walkway to the other side of the house quickly became a lovely oasis filled with romantic charm. 

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After - side yard garden makeover

Shirley designed this gorgeous space on-site and pulled in a few recycled materials to give it a unique feel. The stepping stones are actually just pieces of salvaged concrete, but they look so much nicer than what comes to mind when you hear “recycled concrete,” don’t they?

She lined the path with lavender, ornamental grasses, tree roses, vines, and elfin thyme, along with a few other perennials. There is a small pendant light hung from the beautifully aged metal arch that marks the entry to this garden.  Oh, and she even managed to add a few fruit trees! You should head over to her blog and check out the rest of her transformation- it’s truly amazing! There are lots of great photos, and I think you’ll be able to pull a few ideas away for yourself!  

If you have a great garden-related makeover project that you would like to share with PITH + VIGOR readers, please send us pictures and tell us about it – we’d love to feature it!


Images by Shirley Bovshow.

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  1. amy says:

    Sometimes, I am so jealous of California gardeners! I have seen some lovely “do-over” side yard projects in California. I would love to see some great ones from New England.

    • rochelle says:

      I agree Amy –always wishing there was more going on in our neck of the woods….there are some lovely gardens no doubt….but the overall level of interest in doing smaller but realy fabulous projects does seem lower. As a designer, and someone in the industry– I always try to think of ways to help change that.

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