Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:30
Hmmm! I do neat but not twee. I like shapes of evergreens, like quality conifers, to be free of other plants. I like a dahlia to be a dahlia too without a clematis or other perennial falling into it. I like veronicasteums to show off theie architectural shape and I give every plant room to grow to its potential.
But.....arranging plants in straight lines, colour co-ordinated annuals, every weed removed (I do dive in to get rid though), or plants staked as though they are in a strait jacket....no not for me.
stripes lawns, clipped edges now and then, plants that wave and blow like bonariensis, geums, grasses, gauras, are fine. And by autumn there is a more cottagey garden style. It's nice then to "tidy" and to re-see the structure in the garden.
things that seed everywhere generally are not wanted.
However, twee can be lovely. As in topiary when done well and those expert with their annuals to produce sheer colour that makes me smile.