A magical, maintenance-free garden? It exists in Connie Rodriguez’s back yard

Connie Rodriguez enjoys a glass of wine with neighbors John Linse and Carole Clark in her new outdoor room designed for respite, relaxation and entertaining by Seattle landscape architect Scot Eckley. A wide-spreading, well-lit umbrella shelters the sitting-room end of the deck. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Connie Rodriguez enjoys a glass of wine with neighbors John Linse and Carole Clark in her new outdoor room designed for respite, relaxation and entertaining by Seattle landscape architect Scot Eckley. A wide-spreading, well-lit umbrella shelters the sitting-room end of the deck. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

North Beach resident Connie Rodriguez’s narrow back garden turns into a simply sophisticated outdoor space.