RENEGADE GARDENER

The lone voice of horticultural reason

Don’t cut little circles into your lawn and plant flowers in them.

This practice is a component of what I call the creeping landscape, where the homeowners “landscape” their acreage bit by bit, a little piece at a time, with no overall plan. Problem is, at no time does the landscape come together, flow, or delight as a whole.

Island beds are fine, so long as they are islands just barely offshore. An island bed only works when it is relatively large, or handles the scale of the shoreline nearby. It should also mimic the shape of and atmosphere given off by the shoreline. Like a real island.

When it comes to tiny, circular, uncharted islands that exist beyond consciousness, lost amidst a vast sea of green, it’s best to steer clear. Thar she blows.

Don Engebretson
The Renegade Gardener