Today, the Wall Street Journal has a deliberatively provocative piece called "The Concrete Gardener" about a big trend in gardening: no plants whatsoever. Just hardscaping. And TV’s, dishwashers, couches, hot tubs, and all the things that really make heading outdoors worthwhile.
Of course, here at Garden Rant headquarters, we think this is all horrible, reprehensible, these people ought to be stopped–except I was stopped by the accompanying photo of a side yard in Alexandria, VA.
Undeniably beautiful. Utterly appropriate for its brick-Georgian-house-filled urban neighborhood.
If my non-gardening neighbors ever decided to replace their weeds and juniper-filled side yards with hardscaping of this quality, I’d applaud.Posted by Michele Owens on September 29, 2006 at 7:16 am, in the category Real Gardens.