PHYLLIS ODESSEY

kept and unkept

touch of blueWhen I was growing up in suburban America, the front lawn was everything.  Whether it was DIY or mow or blow or a professionally gardened, the greenery in the front of the house was a status symbol. I don’t know who is more ahead of the sustainability curve, the Dutch or the Germans. When it comes to what’s in front of the facade of the house, the Dutch have turned the available space into a free-for-all. From combinations of clipped hedges surrounded by meadow like plantings to a complete disregard for any kind of deliberate horticulture to a severe geometry unparalleled in a small garden spaces, walking any street in the Netherlands, for a horticulturist, is great fun.

The zig zag hedge filled with whatever happens to appear.

The zig zag hedge filled with whatever happens to appear.

neat

A kind of perfection.

knot garden obras

The new knot garden

touch of blue

A touch of blue

untidy

Meadow as front lawn.

untidy 2

A little of this and that.

dutch front lawn

Letting it all hang out.

a good use of pack

One of the best uses of pachysandra I’ve ever seen.

balls and more balls ede

Even when its hard to do, sometimes those balls are irresistible.

 

 

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