Thursday, July 3, 2008

Yes.


Uptight, clean, able to maintain with a swift swipe of the hedge trimmer or machete or whatever. Works for me.

Also, not a Japanese maple in sight. Man, I hate those.

My grandparents ONLY had rhododenrons. Seriously. It turned me against them (the plants), but they are useful. Green all year. Bloomy workhorses in spring and summer. The cool British gardener chick at Swanson's Nursery swears they are making a comeback. I am not so sure.

What landscapes are you loving/hating these days?

17 comments:

karina said...

I love almost every garden style,and I think I do not hate any plant!

piecesontheground said...

I've been obsess with peonies lately. I want massive amounts in my back yard.

Poppy said...

Hydrangeas, peonies, POPPIES are my fav... perennial borders for sure with cone flowers, black eyed susans, lavendar.....all garden styles appeal to me.. I love to see how creative people can be when landscaping their yards!

Anonymous said...

It's all about order at my age....control. Love boxwood hedges, cut low surrounding plants like white iceberg roses. Everything in my garden is white. Then if the mood strikes for color....I put in pots of annuals. Works for me. Fun topic. Ginny(charlie's g'ma)

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous 9:45am. I am using less and less color in my borders.

Peonies are great, but two weeks, and they're done.

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Elizabeth said...

I have two very large, very old roadies in my front yard that produce cotton candy pink blooms. I'm conflicted as I want to cut them down, but their size is perfect for the scale of my home but could do without the pink. Like PiecesOnTheGround, I'm also on a peonie kick and want to plant white peonies in my front yard but was told by Swanson's to wait until fall. My backyard is a wreck but hope to develop it into the featured garden in the June Canadian House and Home. Love it!

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised that this picture is from Martha Stewart?

Anonymous said...

I am really a very unimaginative gardener. I feel comfortable decorating my interior space but I'd really like to hire a landscape designer to create something outdoors.

I like those hedges but the picket fence seems like overkill when you've already got those.

sterin said...

You northwesterners are lucky -- you can pick and choose from so many great plants... I live in Austin (where we've already had a record number of 100+ days this year) and we're pretty much stuck with native grasses and other xeriscape plants. Unless, of course, you take pleasure in the death of innocent flowers. Peonies wouldn't stand a chance here!

The Lil Bee said...

My husband and I went house-hunting today. Sadly, we didn't find this. But if I were to close my eyes and picture my dream home, this is pretty much what I'd see. Melts my heart, really!

Anonymous said...

Agree with Sterin...here in San Antonio, we have had the driest 6 months in recorded history. I would love gardening in the pacific northwest were everything grows and water is just not an issue. The garden color I'm tired of....brown.

Mary T. said...

Heh -- we love Japanese Maples and Rhodies, but we're new here.

I'm not into the "low water" look. It would be great to be able to do it, but it just looks like trying to replicate the desert to me. Unless you live IN the desert, it just looks too harsh to me.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I love astilbes at the moment ... and I continue my lifelong loathing of wall-like stands of cedars or yews or whatever planted to block one's view of the neighbor's house ... if there is anything uglier in the gardening world than that, I don't know it ... I'm always advising friends afflicted with these green walls to carefully cut remove some of the trees (in two and threes) and infill with other varieties of trees, plus shrubs, to make the wall seem more natural and less oppressive.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with Japanese maples? I've already picked that out for my imaginary house warming present to myself.

Uncle Beefy said...

Well, E. ~ You'd crap your botanical pants at my place which has TONS of rhodies and 3 japanese maples! I'll let myself off the hook a bit by stating that these were the responsibility of the previous owners. I always feel so mixed about the rhododendron thang because of the showy flowers and perpetual greenery. But sometimes they're like a pretty woman who insists on over-imbibing but can't hold her liquor...really pretty to look at but, in the end, just a mess!

Visual Smarts said...

I'm not into anything resembling a zen garden that is not located in Japan. All that ornamental grass, bamboo, AND those Japanese Maples irritate me. That style of garden often looks either pretentiously cool or just kind of sparse and souless. I much prefer snotty traditional pretention that includes lots of boxwood, white roses, star magnolias, white lilacs, white Rose of Sharon, white hydrangeas, yews, pin oaks, cedars, and black wrought iron furniture with tasteful cushions (none of that taupey/brown, bronzey crap metal furniture with too many twists and swirls or that discount fake wicker). Oh, and I also hate hostas. I'm so tired of looking at them everywhere. They look cheap. Nicer shade alternatives are lime green heuchera or ferns.