Care-free garden design
Take it from surfer Timmy Reyes: Paradise is possible, even for gardeners without a lot of time
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.
To protect them from sun and rain, designer Brooke Dietrich coated them with marine spar varnish.
They also easily tolerate shifts from sun to rain.
Rather than replacing it, he chose a cheaper, faster option: Cover it with bamboo fencing (calibamboo.com).
A hose, brush, and soapy water are all that’s needed for light cleaning.
And it doesn’t have to be boring; a wide band of black river pebbles makes this one look like a bold area rug.