Marquette did something many of us don’t have the luxury of doing—he painted his neighbor’s garage and reroofed it to match his house. The shingled wall you see above serves as a backdrop for his teak bench and collection of potted plants. “It really pays to have a great relationship with your neighbor,” he says with a smile. If you can’t borrow a wall, plant a hedge. Evergreens are a key to year-round beauty, structure, and backdrop. ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ hollies surrounding the arbor on two sides separate it from the driveway and parking area.
The center of the drive is made from welded steel frames filled with soil and then sodded.