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?