"On the side streets of Berkeley, California, exuberant flower gardens have supplanted manicured grass in residents' front yards. These lawn-free swaths have become a very public art form-and just might inspire the rest of the country."
Orr writes, "You'd be hard pressed to find a single example of a conventional front lawn, and all the accordant chemical inputs and mow-and-blow maintenance crews to keep grass, shrubs, or flower beds looking perfect. Isn't that very idea-that a home doesn't need grass in its yard-an inspiration for the rest of the country?"
We have a lawn but we don't do chemicals. This article has sparked my imagination and inspired me to do more! To begin the process of creating a large island bed in our front garden we have been working on picking out a new tree/shrub to anchor the bed as well as provide privacy.
I've been dragging my feet a bit because it is such a commitment to select the "right" tree or shrub for a space that you will be staring at for the next 30 years...God willing! You can read more about it Here
To help push the process along I asked some talented folks out there for their opinions. Laurrie at My Weeds Are Very Sorry not only has a stunning perennial garden, she has what she likes to call her "arboretum." When you visit her blog you will see her extraordinary passion for trees! Laurrie's plant inventory on her blog (she has several) will leave you in awe. It is organized and specifically details each tree/shrub in her garden.
She has answered my call! Her email is an example of why I blog. Someone across the country who has taken the time to help and teach me through her passion! Thank you Laurrie!
Here is what she writes...
For something pretty that flowers, a crabapple or hawthorn or flowering dogwood would be lovely. I am definitely not a fan of kousa dogwoods (too big and dense and overpowering for a front yard), but flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) are classic.