Before and After: Brooklyn Garden

I hope this before and after will inspire some heavy duty DIY.  This project is not for the light hearted, but these homeowners did a terrific job of transforming their space from dismal and dreary to lively and pretty all by themselves.

before and after brookyn garden makeover

They had to remove and haul out a lot concrete, but with some planning, they were able to salvage some of it too and cut a new arc in it to create a beautiful planting area.

before and after brookyn garden makeover

before and after brookyn garden makeover

I think these guys did a great job of mixing up materials to make an interesting pattern in the patio.

before and after brookyn garden makeover

before and after brookyn garden makeover

I think that their plan to create two separate garden rooms was successful.  And I really like the textural planting that uses a good amount of dark leaved plants, which really pop with the white pergola.

All images by by Finstr and Found via brownstoner

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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. wini on September 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Rochelle, how are you? Just dropping by and enjoying your blog! This garden transformation is fantastic and so inspiring! I like the pergola and the plant selection too. I just got a quote on some paving for the backyard and it was $10,000 AUD!!! If you can do the paving yourself like this lady did, you can save soooo much money. Wini

    • rochelle on September 2, 2009 at 6:30 am

      hi wini-
      you shoudl keep a watch here…I am putting in a new front walkway/wall and stairs myself – because even though I am in the business it is so expensive. But by putting in alot of hard labor myself I am getting something really great for much much less. thanks for dropping by…

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