Chic backyard on a shoestring

Glam out your backyard without breaking the bank

Design on a budget

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

Design on a budget

It’s hard enough to plan a garden on your own, let alone plan one on a budget. But leave it to a Hollywood production supervisor to pull it together. Di Zock designed her backyard for the house that she rents in Venice, California, for less than $2,800. She created three outdoor rooms: a living area, a shed office, and a dining space. Her tools: paint, slipcovers, and patience. Creating a garden on a budget may take longer than a week or two; you have to shop close-out sales and haunt thrift stores. “But relying on imagination more than dollars has its benefits,” Di says. The result is more original and more personal. And career changing—Di left the film biz for garden design. Info: Di Zock Gardens (dizockgardens.com)

Outdoor living area

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

Outdoor living area

$220: Choose the inspiration piece. That’s what Di did when she selected the ceramic fountain (far right) from the Jungle Nursery (thejungle.biz). Its turquoise hue inspired her garden’s striking color scheme.

$100: You love it? The price is right? Buy it. Di had no idea how she was going to use the ceramic elephants (to left of fountain) when she saw them at a thrift shop. “But I knew they were just the right touch of whimsy.”

$10: Paint inexpensive pots. Between discarded pots and “wainscoting” a terra-cotta pot in blue, Di coughed up only $10.

$125: Ground the space. The turquoise-and-brown rug, made from recycled plastics, dresses up the garden. vivaterra.com

Other costs: Sofa linens, $40.

 

Shed office

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

The shed office

$1,395: Deck out the office. The number-one expenditure, the shed from the Home Depot was outfit­ted in Di’s quirky style with art—including a Spanish cross. The desktop inside is an old door.

$240: Repurpose. This tall chartreuse pot (left; rollinggreensnursery.com) was purchased for a client and intended as a fountain. But Di couldn’t make it water-tight, so she “gifted” it to her garden.

Other costs: Pushpin wallboards, $300; desk (old door), $30.

Outdoor dining room

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

Outdoor dining room

$200: Repaint for character. The ordinary picnic table and benches were used for a movie set. After the filming was over, Di bought them for a fraction of the original cost, then repainted them an unconventional turquoise.

$25: Decorate with plants. Chocolate brown Aeonium and orange Sedum are so stunning that you can get away with cheap pots.

$40: Shake up spray paint. Di bought white Moroccan lanterns at a Venice gift shop and spray-painted them bright orange. Similar ones available from casablancamarket.com

 

 

Plant cuttings

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

More ideas: Plant cuttings as decor

Cuttings from echeveria and Senecio radicans deck a fan palm’s trunk.

 

Tile mosaic

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

More ideas: Tile mosaic

A tile mosaic of Di’s former pet, created by a friend, dresses the fence.

 

Transformed nursery box

Photo by Bret Gum; written by Sharon Cohoon

More ideas: Transformed nursery box

Paint and stenciling transform a nursery box into a house number.

 

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