Garden FAIL

Don’t Get Shrub Happy

by Jenny Peterson on April 19, 2012

in Garden Design,Garden FAIL

I was driving through my new neighborhood in South Austin and saw this: No offense, my South Austin neighbor, but you got some work to do! I’m just perplexed by the plethora of shrubs here–it’s like the owners had a goal of creating a shrub collection. I like shrubs, but I don’t like a shrub […]


Bad Public Landscaping Lessons

by Jenny Peterson on November 19, 2011

in Garden Design,Garden FAIL

I’ve posted before (like here) about taking lessons from public plantings, and this is a lesson in reverse. As in, don’t do this! I’m just going to list the things that are wrong with this so you can avoid the same pitfalls. The red mulch: Oh, ick. This one might be just a personal preference, […]


Landscape Edging: Top 4 Errors

by Jenny Peterson on October 4, 2010

in Garden FAIL,Gardening Tips

This past week we began working in the backyard of one of the nicest clients we’ve ever had–it’s a small backyard, no real room for grass. She has garden beds that were set off by curving decomposed granite pathways that were installed  by another company–but installed badly. The steel edging that holds the decomposed granite […]


Garden FAIL: Cypress Invasion

by Jenny Peterson on April 9, 2010

in Garden FAIL

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 […]