Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:45
The established garden, as Frank said, is a reflection of us. WE like it that way for our own personal reasons.
The lawn...I have 2, neither is esp large..... IS a labour saving thing. People remove it to save on work but cutting grass regularly is not a chore but a pleasure and I do mine very quickly. The lawn provides a recreational space that's far more comfortable to,the eye and to,the bottom than paving too.
Not convinced by this " not seeing all the garden in one go" either. Can't see mine like that anyway, but what is so wrong about seeing as much as poss in one view? Why the requirement for surprises? It's like giving a child sweets one by one instead of the packet!
In the summer, with herbaceous plantIng so tall, there will be more pockets of surprise anyway but we don't half make a lot of pompous fuss sometimes about what the garden "means". Chelsea is a good example of this......most of us wanted to see the plants not the "significance" of every stone, plant, stump or whatever