Before & After: A New Driveway

before and after garden makeover driveway

While I like the look of gravel driveways, and think that there is a certain charm to the original driveway, and I also tend to dislike concrete pavers, I do think that this is a great makeover.  Rather than paving the whole thing and creating an uninteresting eyesore, the little planters are a great design detail.  I might have chosen something more like a white picket fence rather than the back iron gate, but otherwise I think this is pretty impressive.  What do you think?

before and after garden makeover driveway

images by The Landscaper

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Sunny on February 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Nice job, Before and after photos are great, I wish I did it more with my earlier projects. Guess its much easier to to these days, I always keep a camera in the glove box.

  2. Jacqui on February 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I would have done something a little lighter and with more texture, like brick or cement grass pavers. I like your idea for the white picket fence. I think this looks a bit too modern industrial.

  3. Claire on February 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I think the driveway makes the house itself look nicer. Especially because the colours work well. I like the central garden beds, they’re a modern take on the lawn strip that was there previously.

  4. Steve on March 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I like it a lot. The un-glossy finish on the bricks nearly matches the color to the house. It was important to mix the gray’s in to that mix. It makes it look very neat – especially with the planters – and blends well with the landscape. This is a beauty upgrade that raises the spirits. I like it quite a bit. I think they need a fountain. 😉

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