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Side Yard Makeover by Shirley Bovshow of EdenMakersBlog.comMediterranean Landscape, Los Angeles

Garden makeovers by Shirley Bovshow in Los Angeles.This was formerly an abandoned narrow side yard used only to store trash cans. Now it is a favorite garden stroll area for the homeowner. See the complete makeover:

Photo and design by Shirley Bovshow

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Sara Cappello wrote:November 24, 2014
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    Shirley Bovshow

    Approx. 15K including demo, design, materials, install. Small, narrow area.

  • laurawinanslee
    Does the 15k include side walls in the background?
nancyhd wrote:March 23, 2012
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    Glenna Partridge Garden Design
    Just to clarify....the little plants near the paving stones (little pom poms of blue) is what I'm identifying. The larger plants are indeed lavender but the cultivar 'Hidcote' is quite small. I think the lavender might be a larger variety. There are so many types of lavender and I really need to see the flower closer up to help with the identification. :-)
  • analily
    FESTUCA glauca
Margery wrote:November 6, 2013
mgungor wrote:May 13, 2013
mebmehr wrote:October 24, 2012
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    Shirley Bovshow
    Hi Mebmehr- i appreciate you liking my photo. It is copy written so should not be downloaded but feel free to enjoy on HOUZZ and on my website,
  • wildard
    Hi. Great looking space. Could you share your source for the light having from the arbor? Or suggestions of where to look? Thanks. Just beautiful.
tgenerazio wrote:June 19, 2014
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    Shirley Bovshow
    No, I bought it at a local landscape center. These metal arbors are popular and you should be able to find.
Susan Els Garden & Landscape Design wrote:January 23, 2012
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    Shirley Bovshow
    The arch is made from metal rebar panels that are used to reinforce concrete driveways. If you make yourself you will need to bend the panels stake the bottoms into the ground.
Susan Els Garden & Landscape Design wrote:January 23, 2012
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    Shirley Bovshow
    Hi- The arch is made from bent rebar (the kind you use to reinforce cement). I believe some garden centers carry them now. You can also make it yourself.
    See more of this project at
kjp1627 wrote:January 22, 2012
nica60red wrote:October 29, 2014
    ronny1103 wrote:February 7, 2013
      zareiran wrote:July 14, 2012

        What Houzz contributors are saying:

        Debra Prinzing added this to Frame a Garden View for Intrigue and AbundanceDecember 21, 2012

        Balance the composition. Use symmetry or asymmetry to frame a view that's near or distant, giving the viewer a restful (living) picture to enjoy. You can get a formal effect with symmetrical plantings, such as a pair of columnar conifers that indicate an opening to a garden path. Or use an arbor or trellis, centered over a pathway, as is done so beautifully here. Suggest asymmetrical balance with natural or man-made sentinels of equal visual weight. For example, you can offset a large tree on one side of the view with a grouping of garden furniture on the opposite side. The items may be different, but together they create an appealing balance.

        Debra Prinzing added this to 8 Splendid Side Yard DesignsJune 23, 2012

        Masterfully executed by designer Shirley Bovshow, this once-ordinary side yard is now a verdant place where the homeowner can stroll with a morning mug of tea.What makes this space special: The vine-clad arbor creates a welcoming doorway. The stepping stones are nicely spaced, so people can even walk here in bare feet. The Mediterranean plantings have a unified, green palette to soothe the eyes — and there's even fragrant lavender, to release its scent when ankles brush by.

        Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to 11 Seductive Landscapes That Lure With LessApril 11, 2012

        This is a joyful and beckoning path. I want to pass through the arch, skip down the stepstones, nip under that jacaranda tree and see what's back there!

        Amy Renea added this to Create Nests: Treat Yourself to a Protected WalkwayJanuary 24, 2012

        Another quick fix is to train a climbing vine or perennial up and over a simple arch. A morning glory or sweet pea vine can cover this arch in a single season! Though not nearly as impressive as a giant archway that goes far into the distance, a beautifully planted archway will give a sense of protection overhead and create a vista. Again, notice the gate that gives a walker a sense of entrance and protection once they have passed through.

        What Houzzers are commenting on:

        stronkar added this to Townhome Outdoor AreaJanuary 30, 2020

        Could even have an archway on the side area

        Kirsty Crosby added this to Kirsty's ideasJanuary 13, 2020

        Entrance to garden at corner of the house

        Knyvett Lee added this to Curb Appeal - FrontJanuary 12, 2020

        Bell(?) is a nice touch to doorway

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