Guide to low-maintenance gardening

From low-water plants to simple projects, our guide to easy gardening will make a green thumb out of anyone

Care-free garden design

Take it from surfer Timmy Reyes: Paradise is possible, even for gardeners without a lot of time

Easy-care deck and patio
Jennifer Cheung

Take a tour of a great no-chores backyard

Pro surfer Timmy Reyes, 27, spends his “work” days up in a plane or on the water, not at home in Costa Mesa, California. He needs a yard that can fend for itself for weeks at a stretch.

Design to the rescue: Easy-care plants and materials create a garden that can fend for itself for weeks at a stretch.

Click ahead to see how durable furnishings, bulletproof plants, no-fuss flooring, and clever details make it work.

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