When 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.