As we head into the new year and try our best to refresh our lives with projects and resolutions, I thought of some of the most transformative garden makeovers that I have written about before. The kind that go from really nothing to really something. I'm participating in the January Cure (and blogging about it!), and this garden and the way it suddenly got all organized reminds me of my experiences so far.
New Year's is often about an 'out with the old and in with the new' sort of mentality, but that sort of thinking isn't the type of thing I would typically recommend in a garden (I can get instantly sentimental about a plant, shrub or tree — even if it isn't mine). But in this case, London-based Greenline Design took a hyper organized approach to the space that I think works. Notice how there is an extreme simplicity here? Not only is it essentially monochromatic, but it looks like we can count the different types of plants on one hand, and the maintenance of the space is pretty low.
I have to say — this isn't the type of garden I personally crave. I generally need more wild-ness, but at the moment this is the type of thing I want to emulate in my home, and I am studying it for lessons on organization, simplification (less plants and easy, low-maintenance plants in clear graphic containers), repetition, and sheer streamlined simplicity.