Backyard Garden Makeover – Creating a Shady Zen Oasis (Before & After)

Backyard Garden Makeover – Creating a Shady Zen Oasis (Before & After)

Gardener’s Supply Company, a company I’ve worked with for years, came by the Epic Gardening Headquarters to help transform my dull backyard into an epic, shady zen oasis! Come along as we show you what it looked like before, hit the local nursery, and do a full backyard makeover.

Prior to this, the garden makeover plans in the backyard were on pause for what felt like forever! Hopefully these garden design ideas give you a little inspiration to transform even a small, shady space into something peaceful and enjoyable.


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  1. awkwardly sipping tea on July 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Have you thought about growing shade loving edibles such as garlic mustard? I’m not sure if you have it in the US but it grows in abundance here in England. My entire woodland is full of the stuff and it’s really rather pretty in its second year.

  2. Velmad5 Dilbert on July 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm


  3. Kellee Hicks on July 26, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    We have bamboo in our yard but it is wedged between to massive (as big as my two story house) oleanders. It is just as tall as the oleander but it hasn’t spread any. It is in very clayish soil (AZ). We have flood irrigation, and it’s right next to the valve, so it gets plenty water. I think it just can’t compete with the oleander.

  4. zefa17 on July 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    The bamboos is amazing, but man the leafs are too much for me lols, Every falls my neighbors hate me.

  5. Barbara Carbone on July 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    That is magnificent. I just love greenery and leafy plants. Good job.

  6. Maritsa Darmandzhyan on July 26, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Do you know your MBTI type by any chance? I was thinking you’re ESTJ or INFJ

  7. Mark McAllister on July 26, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Freeze frame won’t work so what bagged soil was used to fill the bed for your bamboo?

  8. Daniel Heltberg on July 26, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Bamboo shoots are amazing if you boil the middle part

  9. Larry Adams on July 26, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I’m enjoying the content of this video, but the background music adds nothing, but distraction.

  10. Theo Josh on July 26, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    A question ..
    i made some mounds innthe zen garden to imitate hills … i am thinking to cover these mounds with the protection of the soil that will later on contain gravel ..
    The mounds should be in future covered with moss or weeds .. so for making roots of moss and weeds i thought to put a thin layer 2 ” of soil ?
    What do you think ?
    Your appreciate advice !
    Thanks. Josh

  11. Joe Haas on July 26, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Small patio gardens

  12. Jonathan Blanny on July 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    And clumping bamboo won’t spread like crazy

  13. Epic Gardening on July 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

  14. Jona Ottewell on July 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Wasn’t really a transformation you just bought some plants

  15. Maritsa Darmandzhyan on July 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    I think you’re INFJ because you appreciate people. You call them AMAZING which is what I would call them as an INFJ

  16. Linda Jackson on July 26, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Love the lights around the bamboo

  17. Steven S on July 26, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Unsubscribe from this channel EVERYONE

  18. Linda Jackson on July 26, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Make sure you keep that bamboo cut back,because it Wil speaks everywhere in the yard.

  19. D on July 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Whatever you do. Don’t acturally put in the native soil. The plant itself is invasive and nearly impossible to take out once its established.

  20. chulasexychica11 on July 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Bamboo i thought u would want more edible plants sugar cane could have been good too

  21. MD on July 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Give your bamboo some time, mine struggled the first year. The rule I’ve always heard with bamboo is year one it sleeps, year two it creeps, year three it leaps.

  22. Sarwat Kamal on July 26, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Wow amazing

  23. Emily Weir on July 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Watching this in 2021 – could you do an update of the maintenance and what you’ve kept from the transformation and what you’ve evolved into something else?

  24. Eimantas Grabskis on July 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Actually, even after a renovation this back yard still looks bad. You didn’t anything in this mess what already was you add more plants. you even not cleaning the mess or not pruners of existing shrubs…I am sorry but this back yard not the example to fallow it

  25. Millie at CentralCAgarden on July 26, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    It looks really nice. As for the bamboo, I would have placed a thick lining as well inside the planter. Having 20 years growing bamboo, a 30 foot grove, the roots of bamboo are extremely strong and grew past my 3 ft barriers and possibly some cracked cement retaining wall. You don’t want to over water the bamboo as the roots will take off and do damage and feed it at least twice a year with lawn fertilizer to keep it green. The bamboo nursery I got my plants many years ago had instructed me to only do surface watering of the bamboo for less than 10 min. 21 years later, I am getting rid of the bamboo because the roots caused more damage that is much more costly.

  26. jephry gultiano on July 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I beginning to love Kevin.

  27. Take it Easy on July 26, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Thankyou Kevin for this video. I also have same space back of my house and going to make same garden. Love u frm India.

  28. Steven S on July 26, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Looks worse than it did at the beginning

  29. Aman Singh on July 26, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I’d get a rug and lights

  30. Eliska Charlotte W. on July 26, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    omg that poor bamboo i was really excited to see how it grew ! but yikes looks like not so well 🙁 thank you SO much for doing a follow up!! love to see how things grow and develop over time!

  31. Jonathan Lee on July 26, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Black bamboo I think you know is a running bamboo and well, if in restrict way to contain it I am not sure if this could cause it die or not. But surely is not something comfortable for the bamboo. Maybe could search the natural way that it would not spread out, I think its possible or otherwise the bamboos grow in wild they should have limitation too. Also the root, I wonder if it woule break the woodboard and even get in concrete. I know cases liked figs, could damage wall as it spreads.

  32. Pepins Spot on July 26, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Aww, some peace lilies would’ve done really well on that corner.

  33. Electriophile on July 26, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    You’re exceptionally brave to be planting bamboo, they can spread out of control and even breaks through concrete.

  34. syndi301 on July 26, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Shady yard! shady garden! Looks awesome!

  35. k v on July 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Nice . But please reduce your music volume

  36. Linda Jackson on July 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Love the lights around the bamboo

  37. dchall8 on July 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve been growing staghorn ferns in hanging baskets since 1973. They seem to do better in the basket than on the board. I line the basket with shredded sphagnum, carefully work the fertile leaves through the moss, fill the inside with potting soil, and water. In SoCal you have to watch them in the long dry spell from Feb to Jan. If you are closer to La Jolla they will be happier than if you’re in El Cajon. Mine actually do better in San Antonio with random rainfall.

  38. Steven S on July 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Dislike this video EVERYONE

  39. Wayne Guy on July 26, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    What’s with the third eye

  40. Ana Maria on July 26, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I have my back yard with pavers and you gave me the idea of using raised beds to have some sort of vegetation but my question is if I need to install something in the bottom to protect the pavers or is not necessary?

  41. REHTSE on July 26, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Do you need to fertilize the soil more ofter since it on top the concrete?

  42. David Craig on July 26, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    the most common type of bamboo that people keep in your house isnt actually bamboo it is a type of lily. it doesnt grow as rapid as actual bamboo

  43. Salvador Garza on July 26, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Quedo peor de como estaba.

  44. Alberto Ballado on July 26, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Transformation????????WTF still ugly

  45. Michael Hunter on July 26, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    That fact you managed not to lose any toes is beyond me?