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Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

Apart from the obvious heap of used tyres and shopping trolleys piled up in a front garden the award has to be to a garden I passed in Bexhill about 5 years ago .

It was huge about an acre or so and consisted of a very large square lawn in the middle surrounded by square beds of alternate red and white bedding salvias in neat rows with exactly the same distance between each plant and nothing else.

It was truly the saddest thing I ever saw. Must have cost a fortune in salvias too.





  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,291

    There's a woman up the road whose spring bedding consists of Barbie pink tulips, leery orange and yellow wallflowers and the odd tatty blue hyacinth. This display is framed by slabs of concrete. I thought it was an accident the first year, but it's the same every year.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Nice image I am off to destroy everything square in my garden.

    ThIs is the garden my neatly ordered head wants me to have:


     But I've decided to have this one this year when the builder has finished with the front of my house:



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119

    There's one near me which has obviously suffered ideas gleaned from the craze for Japanese style gardens. It's on a prominent corner plot and has a few random boulders, a couple of Acers and several tons of dazzling white gravel.....

    each to their own I suppose! image

    There's one of those 'bedding plant' types up the road here as well B3!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Seriously those salvias must have been done with a ruler I swear!

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,291

    Fairy, in the summer it will be orange or muddy yellow African marigolds , Barbie  pink bizzylizzies and geraniums and industrial quantities of blue slug pellets. Oh and a couple of motheaten hollyhocks

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Uniformity in garden design is a choice that a lot of people use. Some of my customers prefer.Some of the colour clashes with flowers and shrubs can be strange when requested. I have had a customer who only wanted blue and yellow flowered plants in the design that would flower at the same time this was produced by banda of agapanthus and rubelkia  

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,812

    Don't even like straight edges on a lawnimage

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

    I do a double take every time I go past a house near here.

    It is set at the top of a steep slope and the front garden descends to road level in a series of shallow, rectangular terraces, each edged with grey concrete slabs and each filled to the rim with grey granite chips. C'est tout, voila!


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119

    That must be gorgeous pansyface  image

    B3 - takes all sorts doesn't it?  image

    Lou - I hate to worry you - but I love very geometric plans! I have quite masculine taste...image

    but I also love informal and wildlife ponds etc....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • There's one garden I pass regularly that I first noticed as it was full of lovely swathes of cosmos. Looked eagerly for a repeat performance the following year, but no. That year and every year since it's been boring rows of those hideous brown-leaved, pink- flowered bedding begonias. Cosmos obviously way too informal for him. (Why am I sure it's a him?)image

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