My client, who is from France, wanted garden rooms and privacy. She wanted the landscape to be modern and simple and to include Mediterranean favorites like roses. She wanted succulents and an olive tree. She was also on a tight budget. We removed a dozen trees from her backyard and transplanted three. We created a fence made of cement board for privacy with a nice modern look and built paths with grey decomposed granite. After the landscaping was installed, she said, “I told you everything I wanted and you gave me everything I wanted and more, so I’ve decided to hire a matchmaker. “ The matchmaker didn’t work out, but she loves her garden and is in a nice relationship. She says the garden has paid for itself because she rents her place out when she goes on vacation and people love the garden.