Garden FAIL: Cypress Invasion

Garden FAIL: Cypress Invasion

I love Mediterranean landscaping: the romantic greenery, the intoxicating scents of rosemary and lavender, the crunch of gravel underfoot. But I do not like this:What's up with this? This is not a Tuscan villa. This is a home in suburban Austin, Texas, on a normal-sized lot. So let's line our property with not 3, but 10 Italian Cypress. And by the looks of it, there were more on the right hand side, but they got the message from the Garden Gods and died. But, you say, "I like Italian Cypress!" That's great, so do I, but the reason it doesn't work here is one word: proportion. There's waaaay too many for a yard of this size, for Pete's sake!

More is not merrier in this case, and I wouldn't be a good friend if I didn't tell you that. It's my job, and I take it very seriously. I want you to have a pretty garden and to be the envy of the neighborhood, not the doofus that everyone talks about: "Yes, Mabel? Pearl here. We're so looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night! Yes, well, we're three houses down from the Italian Cypress House. Yes, I know, it's so embarrassing, somebody should have told them, but what're you gonna do?"

I rest my case.

You might also enjoy these articles:


  1. says

    great photo, – I love cypress as well, but they need, well, an Italian landscape for 10 together like this, – with views into the distance, – you going to tell them?

  2. says

    The house is in the neighborhood where my son’s girlfriend lives. Maybe we can leave a nicely worded note? Or drive by really fast with a chainsaw? Heh heh.

  3. says

    So, does this mean it’s wrong to have fantasies about going into someone’s yard under cover of darkness with some evil chemical hidden under my coat?!

  4. says

    I wonder if the homeowners like them and I bet they cost a pretty penny. We had a similar planting in a neighborhood near us. First they lined the drive with magnolias. The deer ate them and they died. Then they tried the cypress. Those are out now. I wonder who took responsibility. This was a very big house with a long driveway but none of it fitted in the hill country setting. Be careful whom you use as a designer, I say.

  5. says

    Exactly! Geez, I HOPE a designer didn’t do that! Landscaping needs to fit the setting.

    And Diana, your fantasy is safe with me. I’m zipping my lips right now.

  6. says

    I feel the same way about palm trees. My neighbor has three 40+ foot ones right on our property line. If he likes South Florida so much, based on his speedboat, pool, tropical plants and oft-bikini-clad wife, he ought to just move there and stop shading my yard with those ugly things.

  7. says

    Linda, we should bring the official Garden Police, Shirley Bovshow, to that house! She’d whip ’em into shape.

    Marc, I feel your pain. I like palm trees, but every landscape needs to fit its setting. Do you know what kind of palms they are?

  8. says

    Hey! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to look it over.
    I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting
    this to my followers! Wonderful blog and fantastic style and design.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *