The latticed wall is in good shape, and is oiled together with the new bench. But because the wood in the lattice is older, it looks darker than the bench as you can see in the photo below. Next to the patio is a small garden that’s just a few steps to the entrance of the house. This is what it looks like a year after the flagstones were installed with creeping thyme planted between the pavers.
Here is what this looked like in 2011. J&R also wanted to grow some shrubs next to the hedge to provide some privacy wall. You can see from the 2012 photo that a year did make a difference and they had a bit of success doing that.