Least Favorite Garden Fad

springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)May 15, 2003

Interesting foliage is a good thing but ...

I am so bloody sick of seeing "purple" leafed plants that are really a dingy maroony brown paired with blindingly bright chartreuse. Oh yeah, with maybe a few harsh, discordant bits of magenta flower thrown in for good measure. Now, of course, the garden porn in the magazines never look like this. Nope, they use filters and color correction to get the purple all bright and shiny. But in RL, I see this color disaster all the time.

If I put together an outfit in that color scheme and wore it outside, people would cross the street to get away from me. No one would wait on me in shops. The bottom-line for garden color schemes is -- would you be caught dead wearing it as clothing? If the answer is a big fat no, then -- DON'T PLANT IT!


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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

"Bunny Crossing" signs. They aren't plants, but they are ridiculous, just as "Woodchuck Crossing" signs in a vegetable garden, or "Deer Crossing" signs in a tulip bed would be.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2003 at 12:09AM
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Violet_Girl(z9a TX)

Those AWFUL flamingoes- well, really all the cheesy, cutesy stuff you can get for gardens.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2003 at 1:27AM
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I hate those ply-wood cut outs of old people bending over in their gardens, especially the one where the old man is grabbing the old womans butt. I can't stand all that cutsey garden clutter stuff either. I like to let the flowers in my garden be the show. ;)

Iowa z5

    Bookmark   May 16, 2003 at 5:56PM
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Large sweeping grass lawns. This came about with Capability Brown's landscaping of English castles and manor houses. The climate in England is perfect for the growing of lawn grasses, and it does look really nice. There are few places in the US where these grasses thrive without major work and tons of chemicals though. A grass lawn is about the most useless and expensive ornament imaginable, and everybody's gotta have one.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2003 at 6:50PM
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That red mulch - it look so unnatural, like something from another planet

    Bookmark   May 16, 2003 at 9:01PM
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weaserbug(z5 IA)

I don't care for those wooden and plastic birds with the windmill wings. On windy days they look like they are ready to fly across the country, but they can't get anywhere. That fad just doesn't fit my style.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2003 at 2:52PM
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tough to pick ONE, there are so many. The dyed red mulch is my current peeve, it is SO artificial looking and totally detracts from any plants or flowers. Can't imagine why it is so popular.
Things planted in straight rows never looks good to me.
White gravel along a foundation with tiny plants spaced about 3' apart is also not my idea of attractive.

One I've seen more of that I don't care for are the lighthouses and other nautical-themed garden "art" which looks a little odd in suburbia (and not even COASTAL suburbia.) Guess the "cuteness" factor doesn't resonante with me.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2003 at 3:37PM
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MeMyselfAndI(5/6 central OH)

It's too hard to decide between "the lawn" as mentioned above, and the big wooden tulips...

    Bookmark   May 19, 2003 at 9:24PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Many people put either red lava rock or shiny white quartz pebbles to cover their ENTIRE yard! A few straggly plants are plopped in to bake to a crisp in our hot dry summers. It's just awful-looking!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2003 at 2:33PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

In addition to the above(although I love my grass...)
I would add old junk like beds, shoes, old chairs, whatever, filled with plants.
I hate the purple/chartreuse combo also.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2003 at 1:15PM
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"The dyed red mulch is my current peeve" I MUST agree....

    Bookmark   May 21, 2003 at 11:45PM
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springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)

And our winnnerrrrr is --radioactive toxic-waste red mulch, the garden backdrop garunteed to clash with everything, including air.

But mark my words, some trendy will use red plastic mulch in some way that so enhances its hideousness that it will become the very last word in garden gaga. Wait --Ive got it --they'll plant it with giant-leaved, chartruse and dried-blood brown/black foliage plants, edge the whole thing with red lava rocks, insert some plywood cutouts of Versace-clad butts with whirly-gig, uhmm, whats that phrase that rhymes with hut rugs? sticking out, and then put the entire travesty in Central Park as a cultural installation. It will be titled "Red-eyed Bat Crossing."

You think I jest, but somewhere a Jeff Koons-in-the-making is dreaming up such a scheme as I write.

Springcherry, who actually thinks the Christo thing for Central Park looks sorta neat.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2003 at 3:25PM
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Frizzle(z6 PA)

plastic flowers stuck in the ground to make a flower bed. not even arranged nicely or anything - just pull the tag off and stick it in the dirt.


    Bookmark   May 23, 2003 at 11:37AM
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I agree that the "so-called" purple and chartreuse combo is nauseating--like radioactive vomit from Mars (now, try a true blue/violet with chartreuse and you've got something).

I also find "lucky bamboo" repulsive, as well as almost anything one could call a fad--those things that are suddenly everywhere and look trite and silly until they're in the trash (where their very sight cheers me).

    Bookmark   May 23, 2003 at 4:50PM
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Nancy zone 6

I am with Friz. Can't believe the number of people who would have me believe they have yellow mums blooming in January in KY. Maybe it wouldn't be quite so bad if the flowers were changed seasonally, but it has been yellow mums for 2 years at one place. I know, to each his own, but the plastic flowers are looking pretty rough after 2 years.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2003 at 1:55PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

Fake plastic flowers outside are so ugly they make me want to scream. The only place they might make sense to me is at a gravesite, if someone absolutely has to have flowers there, and the cemetery rules don't allow placement of real flowers.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2003 at 9:35PM
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I can't believe I didn't mention plastic flowers, I have noticed more of them lately and they never look good. And how about the wooden tulips, anyone got an eyeful of those in your area? Someone is making a ton of money on this stuff.

Here's a few more recent sightings:
the tiny wooden wishing well stuck up along the front of the house, usually without any plants near it (wouln't want to hide it, after all!)

the larger-than-life monarch butterfly wall "art" stuck to the front of the house, sometimes in groups of 2-3

the landscape lights stuck into the yard or border that have absolutely no reason to be there. Providing extra lighting along a dark walkway is one thing, having lights in a row in front of your foundation for no reason just looks BAD.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2003 at 4:10PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

woodviolet, you forgot the small wooden windmills...and the silhouettes of a dogs or cowboys, etc.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2003 at 4:49PM
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vivian_MA(z5 MA)

That red mulch is the worst!! Most epcially when it's spread around yellow daffodils/forsythia paired with screaming magenta azaleas and/or red tulips. Big ugh. I love plants but cannot stand to look at this without cringing. I see it all up and down my street. About a month ago we had a few beautiful days followed by a brief snowstorm. I drove up to a drive through window and was momentarily confused as to why their freshly mulched areas had pink snow. The damn mulch was bleeding and tinting the snow cotton candy pink.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2003 at 7:50AM
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re: the cotton-candy snow, that must have looked ATROCIOUS, (but it's funny).

On an ultra-picky note, I've noticed some color combinations lately that are beyond belief: the house painted a brick red surrounded with the dyed red mulch (talk about CLASHING!) or the flame-orange azalea in front of the mustard-yellow house, it really makes you cringe when you see it. I'm up for experimenting with color and trying new combinations of things but sometimes it just DOESN'T WORK.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2003 at 8:46AM
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This really doesn't fit the garden fad,but it drives me crazy to see people with icicle lights up on the front of thier house in July.It doesn't matter how many flowers they plant,those out of season icicle lights clash!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2003 at 7:12PM
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ticksmom419(z7 NC)

I'm loving the image of the plywood butt-grabbers. I haven't seen any of those. OR the plastic flowers! Where do you all live?!? Hee hee.

Of course, I used to live near the concrete front yard that was painted green and surrounded by industrial fencing. That was certainly a lovely sight.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2003 at 10:28PM
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SunflowerBren(Texas Zone 8)

THe people bending over in their gardens really BUG me the most but I also hate, hate the plastic flowers.
We have a house here, actually it's a florist shop where the owner lives on the property and the grass is green concrete and it has and I am not kidding over 200 plastic GREEN FERNS Hanging all over his trailer. Boy, does that attract customers for fresh flowers, or what?????
It's TOO FUNNY!!! Bren

Here is a link that might be useful: my garden without wooden people bending over lol

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 9:16AM
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I think we have a winner, the concrete front yard painted green, that must have been quite a sight. Talk about low maintenance!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 9:17AM
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SandraLynn(z5 IL)

...actually just wrote a bit about this on another thread, but in my corner of suburbia, there seems to be a growing fascination with "faux tableaux" -- odd little vignettes set out in the middle of the front lawn. Tea table, chair, hurricane "lamp," other "art" all surrounded with annuals on sale at the local garden center or grocery store (I expect to be seeing a lot of Mandavilla (sp?) vine this year). On the other hand, we do have a few renegades who defy the notions of suburban uniformity and plant a few plastic flamingos (LIME GREEN) and bowling balls -- sometimes they put REALLY REALLY fake flowers in the bowling balls -- cracks me up and I give them an "A" for thumbing their nose at convention (of course, they don't live next door to me either).

BTW to Springcherry (who started this post) -- guess I'll be pitching my sweet potatoe vine/purple fountain grass combo planter ... but wait! I AM wearing those colors! ;-)


    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 1:41PM
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Sandra Lynn: yikes, I am hoping the "faux tableaux" trend doesn't head east to my area, I think I've had my fill of "everyone's-doing-it-so-I-will-too" kitsch for the season.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 2:27PM
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I get a little crazy when I see those uncomfortable wooden benches that are situated where you KNOW no one is ever going to sit. Sometimes they're in the middle of a flower bed or smack dab in the middle of the front yard. (I, like Sandralynn, also look pretty darn good in lime green and purple.)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 3:37PM
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OK, I have to delurk for this one. I've been reading a lot of old "least faves" threads over the past day or two, and I think I hurt myself because I couldn't stop laughing. Hard. You people are funny! Of course, it's hard to explain to DH why I'm busting a rib reading about slugs and dog doo.

I admit I like lime and purple. In fact, I also like lime and orange and purple. So I'm an offender in that department, sorry! Maybe when things bloom here I can post a pic or two and see if my tastes are out of whack! :-)

However, I am totally on board with the fake flowers!!! I just moved into my house this January, and my neighbor, sweet through she may be, has a yard full of them! Like someone else said, not artfully placed either. Just stuck in various random containers, and stuck in various random places in her yard!

At first I thought, "Oh, interesting." That lasted two days. I have since spent every spare dime and several sore muscles buying or moving every large plant/tree/shrub I can get my hands on to put along that property line to block the view. It's crazy, it's not like it's a rusted out car or trash or anything, but I can't stand it!

Whew, thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 5:23PM
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catahoula(NE Alabama)

I hate it when they OVERKILL with "yard art" oh an occasional statue here and bench there is OK and can dress everything up but when they have zillions of them EVERWHERE drives me nuts!! BUT to each his own I guess

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 9:53PM
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Hmmmmm, I have stuff scattered all over the place, little groups of benches and tables in nooks and crannies, balls and globes, a fence to keep people off the pitcher plants, staked candleholders and so on, wrought iron arbors. But I have a collection of around 4,000 kinds of plants that they pretty much hide in, you have to look for them to find them. I don't care much for the ones just stuck out there like a sore thumb either, but you have to start somewhere.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2003 at 2:00PM
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catahoula(NE Alabama)

That's is what I was talking about Nigella.....the ones that are stuck out there or the yard that is mostly yard "art" with few plants. I have ceramic frogs ducks bunny etc mixed in with my plants too....but they are few and they where gifts. (besides the grandbabies love them!!)If done right, yard art can not only enhance but personalize your place!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2003 at 9:21PM
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Yes, ever since two "ladies" who wanted some free spearmint came by my garden at my invitation and took a look around and said "OOOOOH, a garden with a sense of humor!", and you could tell they thought it was a bad thing, I guess I have become a bit sensitive. It really hurt my feelings. Here's the thing that made them get that look like they were going to drown if it started raining, I made him out of an old cookie jar top, a lamp and a little sleeping caterpillar statuette I found and a family of tiny dwarves lives in his belly. Or at least they all did live out there, he met an untimely end not long ago. *sniff* *sob*

    Bookmark   May 30, 2003 at 10:56PM
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springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)

Actually, purple with lime green is lovely, even by my over-opinionated lights, but by those same lights, some of the purple must have a blue undertone. And a purpley blue with a yellowy green is magical(think of Tiffany's Wisteria window.) The two colors go all luminous next to each other. But then, in Tiffany windows there are always alot of dancing, varing tones leaping through each other and into something else. If you look closely, everything interweaves.

My beef(visualize rotting beef) is with the dull brown maroon(neither a glowing burgandy nor a deep purple, let alone a clear dark brown)combined with chartrues with(and this is the big caveat)absolutely no other modifying color around. Just put alittle true green or soft pink or apricot here and there and the effect can work. If you can wear this color scheme, youre probobly a redhead, and your skin and hair modify it. Me -- Im dish water blonde with sallowish skin. The effect on me is Ugggh.

Its the starkness of the single contrast that annoys me. It uses its ugliness to garner attention, aping a sophistication it doesn't have. Many people are so frightened of beauty that they will gladly trade a fist in the eye for a real shot of the sublime. And to that I say --Uggh.


    Bookmark   May 31, 2003 at 2:19PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

Well said, Springcherry. Your sentence, "Many people..." rings especially true, in my opinion.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2003 at 8:39AM
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Ah Springcherry, yes we are speaking the same language. In my garden, I have areas with a bluish purple and lime green, but I also throw in a light baby blue. And I have areas with fushia and orange, but I also have apricot and blush pink to soften it up. Iiiiniteresting...

    Bookmark   June 1, 2003 at 5:31PM
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Nigella, if something you make pleases you, keep it! Actually I like(d) the owl; it looks original. My pet peeve has always been pink plastic flamingos, therefore my son 'planted' about thirty of them around my yard while I was away. He put them in flower beds, in trees, even on the roof! Jenny570

    Bookmark   June 1, 2003 at 9:10PM
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catahoula(NE Alabama)

nigella........LOVE THAT OWL!!!!! Where did you ever find it?? I bet the base is a good toad house. Been looking for a toadhouse but none that Ive seen catches my fancy. I am like you...like the unique and original!!!
ps....the ladies would have been EATING mint!!!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2003 at 9:29PM
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I'm laughing as I look out to see my neighbors' yards with many of the least favorites mentioned above, including many of my own pet peeves. Plastic flowers, more garden art than garden, garden art well passed its prime, red lava rocks, white pebbles as mulch, dyed red/black mulch, pom-poms and spiraled shaped shrubs, and shrubs that are 2 seasons old with colored plastic price tag markers still on them.

Sometimes I see my least favorites done very nicely it's just not my taste.

Nigella...loved your garden art. Someone also posted a picture of a ball covered in $5.00 worth of pennies that I loved. Speaking of balls do gazing balls serve a purpose or are they just decorative ???

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 11:24AM
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I'll jump back in, and reiterate that the problem is that broad horticultural "purple," which is more often than not a fecal maroon (sorry, what other term would fit here?) and in-your-face chartruese. Each brings out the very worst in the other, whereas in different contexts, each can actually shine. Seeing this combo in so many glitzy magazines (retouched like Britney Spears), I even tried it one year--and was sickened at the reality. I have these very colors in my garden, but as far from one another as possible.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 5:20PM
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Jenny570, Catahoula and Chiki824, thank you! I never like new garden junk, I want my things to look as if they have always been there and belong there, like they are something that would be either natural or magical to see in a garden. I would love to see a picture of your gardens! These ladies wanted the spearmint to make tea for their husbands, I figured the poor guys probably need something for refreshment, these ladies were dry!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 5:27PM
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Nigella, I'm with you on having things look like they've been there forever. I'd much rather have a broken pot placed carefully and artistically than wooden cutouts or pink flamingos.

I can't stand the angels and fairies when they go to extremes. I like a well placed angel or fairy here or there, but when they're peeking at you around every corner, and hiding behind those hideous blue globes on top of red mulch...AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What self respecting fairy would hang out in a garden with red mulch anyway?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 8:49PM
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catahoula(NE Alabama)

chikki....gazing balls can serve a purpose....think you are to just "gaze" at them and meditate on things. Can be soothing.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 9:48PM
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The original purpose of gazing balls was basically the same as blue bottle trees, to trap the evil spirits that came to look in them.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2003 at 10:20PM
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Nigella...thanks for telling me that. At least they have a purpose. I still prefer broken pottery. ;)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2003 at 6:53PM
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Pam Breen

i'm surprised nobody has mentioned old tires being used as planters.....or yards with too many island beds....or people that totally scalp beautiful crepe myrtle trees....they never look the same again.....how about that cheap looking black landscape boarder that people put around their beds.....esp the way some people do it with it sticking up and all uneven.....but my all time fav is the wonderful "airport lights"...all in a perfect lil row.....its beautiful when done correctly...to highlight areas...but lets not make our front yard look like an airport...lol....pam

    Bookmark   June 6, 2003 at 11:48PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

That's funny, ibensg from South Carolina, because we did two of the things you mentioned - ON PURPOSE, just to claim a corner of our lot back from the kids that were overrunning it, wearing down the grass and hitting things with their basketballs. We put up several island beds and added "things" and "airport lights" to help deter them, LOL! It helped, or something helped, because that behavior has decreased radically.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2003 at 8:36AM
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Pam Breen

hey.....like someone else said here...to each their own...i'm sure there is some things in my yard that other people don't find appealing....but as long as i like it....who cares.....the main thing is to just enjoy what you have......and have fun with it too.....pam

    Bookmark   June 7, 2003 at 11:43AM
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mycarbumps(Zone 6b E.TN)

I Hate bradford pears, they are a crappy tree. they grow beautifully until a small breeze comes along and snapps it in half. then it never recovers and looks like crap in your yard until the gaping wound left by the fallen half of your tree creates such an eye sore that the county orders you to remove that ugly ghetto tree from your landscape. ~Ryan

    Bookmark   June 7, 2003 at 1:16PM
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Bonnyleigh(z7 NC)

I totally agree on the Bradford pear thing. A lot of small towns planted these monstrocities along their roads, and after a few ice storms what should be a beautiful row of trees now looks like a tornado hit it. A branch from one even fell on a lady where i work after a snow storm. I hate red mulch.. but it's never injured anyone.. LOL..

    Bookmark   June 7, 2003 at 7:09PM
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My least favorite garden fad is those scary looking little kid statues and fairy statues Wal-Mart and other places sell. The eyes look kind of strange. I always wonder who sculpts the originals of these and couldn't they get a good artist to do them?

I agree with Nigella about wanting things to look like they have always been there and belong there. One of the best things I have in my yard is an old "aged" cement birdbath I bought at an estate sale.

Gazing Balls are supposed to reflect your garden too.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2003 at 2:47AM
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catahoula(NE Alabama)

Ibensg.....I am GUILTY of using that black border for my beds......but I am 'financially challanged" and it was FREE! Surprisingly it did improve the looks of the yard!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2003 at 8:02AM
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dedoverde(Zone 9 CA)


(1) Most gazing balls, especially red

(2) Statuary with faces not even a mother could love

    Bookmark   June 8, 2003 at 1:11PM
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I know those statues do look pretty "children of the corn" ish, but at least they're better than a giant (GIANT) bronze eagle stuck on someone's front porch that has a sneaky, evil leer and looks like it might have torn a piece of the mailman with his talons.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2003 at 3:46PM
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SthrnTami(z7 AL)

I don't think this is a fad, 'cause it seems like people (non-gardeners) have been doing it forever....ring around the tree (planting annuals in a circle around a tree or specimen shrub).

    Bookmark   June 8, 2003 at 6:06PM
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dedoverde(Zone 9 CA)

Yes, and then heavily watering the annuals and wondering why the tree is looking so poorly.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2003 at 1:37AM
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someone mentioned tires used as planters, how about tires painted WHITE and used as planters? Surrounded by bright white stone, of course.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2003 at 11:21AM
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Wow, what a thread!!

I agree with the haters of PLASTIC FLOWERS (my neighbor has an "arbor" over his front door planted with them...


but what i really loathe (i don't know if you'd call this a "fad") are PEEING CHERUB FOUNTAINS....

    Bookmark   June 11, 2003 at 1:35PM
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snidelywhiplash(z5a Nebraska)

My current irritation is that blasted rubber mulch, or worse, those pads made of rubber that are meant to encircle trees whilst resembling a layer of mulch. Ugh!

I mean, I'm tickled that they're figuring out a way to reuse all those old tires and such, but...can't they figure out something else? There've got to be at least a dozen other things they could make out of 'em...


    Bookmark   June 12, 2003 at 4:00PM
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Tarheelgardener(z6b-7 NC)

I don't know how it is where everyone else is but here it's the TREE BUTCHERS! I mean every spring they come around and hack off the tops of 25+yr old trees. The poor tree stubs look horrible then all the weak growth sprouts out the top like a bush. Not only does this look bad, it eventually kills the poor tree!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2003 at 6:04PM
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tarheel, who are "they" and why do they do it?

I'll check back later, I need to go find a peeing cherub for the front yard!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2003 at 2:53PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

I think "they" have high testosterone levels. It's a macho thing. Cut 'em - cut 'em all!!! RAOWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2003 at 3:15PM
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MeMyselfAndI(5/6 central OH)

The info. about gazing balls creeps me out. Reminds me of the japanese beetle trap I bought one year. Never had more beetles than I did that year. The trap lured them in for miles around! There's no evil spirits in my garden and I don't want a gazing ball luring them in!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2003 at 9:02PM
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LOL@ MeMyselfAndI!!!!! I never would have thought of that!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2003 at 10:56PM
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Tarheelgardener(z6b-7 NC)

I posted this yesterday but it must have gotten lost in cyberspace!LOL Anyway, the tree hackers must go to unknowing homeowners and tell them how good their trees will look with lots of bushy new growth. They then proceed to cut out the top of these poor trees to tall stumps, no limbs, in late winter. The trees in spring send out a lot of new growth to compensate for all the loss of branches and end up looking like a big ball on top of the trunk. This looks horrible and weakens the tree, eventually killing it. I can only guess these co.'s must have gotten started by thinning out branches for the power co.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2003 at 6:18PM
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dedoverde(Zone 9 CA)

I have another LFF: Stupid and unnatural looking berms in front yards. If I ever get a digital camer a I plan on doing a "Stupid Berms" photoessay.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2003 at 12:16PM
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here's a recent sighting that is not only ugly but damaging to the tree:

"volcano mulch" ...seen it in your area? It's when they dump a mini-mountain of mulch at the base of a tree (usually a small, newly-planted tree) and the mulch is in a tall cone-shape that rises halfway up the trunk. Really odd-looking. I always feel bad for the tree, which will probably need to be replaced in a few years.

I think this should be included in the "stupid berms" photo essay.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2003 at 9:07AM
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Jungle_Jim(zone 8 / WA)

Oh Man, the community I live in is a real trip! There are two things that are 'favorites' around here that just make my skin crawl. The first, even though a few of the farms have done a very 'cute' job of it, are those animal/people cutouts. Holy Cow... there are more plywood Cowboys leanin' against more trees around here. And lots of everything else...the second I could hardly believe my eyes... people like to hang things from their front yard trees at the holidays. At Easter they hang colored plastic eggs. Haaa Haaa Haaaa, I have never seen anything like it. Oh yeah, please let me tell you where it is should you ever want to drive around and look at 'the sights'.... it's Enumclaw, WA. Better known as 'Enemaclaw' to a few. Jim

    Bookmark   June 17, 2003 at 6:48AM
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Mikeytoo(CA z10 / 23)

I'll have to agree with the plastic flowers (although I can't recall seeing any around here), and cut out people and animals. Also the black plastic border stuff - uggh.

Here's another that I've seen - walls built out of these round concrete cylindrical blocks (probably 3 in diameter and 8 - 12 in long), stacked like logs. They look like if you pulled one out the whole thing would roll away.

Red, green and white gravel arranged in geometric patterns. Very drought tolerant and low maintenance, I admit, but uggggggggllllllly.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2003 at 2:02PM
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Mikeytoo(CA z10 / 23)

PS...not sure what you mean by the purple and chartreuse thing. We have some purple fountain grass that fits in really well with our landscaping. I just wish it wouldn't grow so damn fast.

This isn't ours but that's what it looks like.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2003 at 2:12PM
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stressbaby(z6 MO)

Here is another one: fake deer in the yard.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2003 at 7:47AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I need to add fake canada geese. And I'm guilty of looking twice.

Here, there is a Ryan's steakhouse that has as part of their landscaping, barberries with some kind of yellow green euonymus in front of it. It is so glaringly ugly, and that is what is meant by the purple/chartreuse thing!
Your fountain grass is lovely!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2003 at 9:25PM
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schenley(WMA z5)

It's taken me a half-hour to get through this thread, but what a trip! (Peeing Cherub's - HAHAHHA) I laughed out loud...and Dedo: please, please do that photo essay!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2003 at 12:22PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

Don't know if this qualifies as a "Garden Fad", or if it's just laziness or quirkiness: Christmas decorations in July.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2003 at 1:02PM
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Hmmmmm, I have fairy lights strung up in my backyard, it's cooler to work at night and I hate the way most lighting that's made for the garden looks.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2003 at 6:04PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

I mean Santas, reindeer, snowmen and obvious Christmas lights, Nigella. I saw a GIANT HOMEMADE SNOWMAN recently that someone apparently was too proud of to take down. That's what I mean, not fairy lights. I have "runway lights" myself, scattered here and there. I say its a wee bit different. It's only my opinion, but wouldn't you agree?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2003 at 9:36PM
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Oh yeah, absolutely! I haven't seen that, nobody around my neighborhood(which is really pronounced here as "da 'hood") decorates much even at Christmas, and those who do take them down on Christmas day. Maybe I'm lucky, lol.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2003 at 1:29AM
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dedoverde(Zone 9 CA)

I have had the worst week. Coming back to this thread is like a breath of heaven, and you are my people. Chartreuse euonymous with barberry?? Why that sounds like the "Dick Tracy" segment of my garden (based on the "cartoon" colors in that movie). My garden might even qualify as some of your worst garden nightmares!
And lava rock? When I moved in, there were several tons of it lying over deteriorated black plastic. Ah, but there was some white dolomite rock to balance it out, and the people who put it there pointed out how expensive it was.

This was considered a "low maintenance" touch. Never mind the fact that when you have rocks and trees in the same vicinity you have to vacuum the rocks several times a year. How conVENient.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2003 at 1:37AM
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fishcookie(z9bCA Sunset 19)

Gnomes, Angels, and Fairies., they make me want to gag. However, I myself, have a cast-stone armadillo which is a form of wildlife seldom encountered in a California Garden, and I fail to see the irony.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2003 at 7:03PM
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Everyone's messages are funny. Some of my least favorites are:
1) Stella D'Oro daylilies. Here in the midwest, every office building and every yard has miles of them. I know they are the longest rebloomer, but I'm tired of them
2) Old junipers carved into topiaries (poodle tails)
3) Interlocking wall pavers. I think they look too uniform and industrial
4) Red mulch

    Bookmark   June 27, 2003 at 1:59PM
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oogy4plants(6B MD)

I can't stand the sterile-looking yards with industrial hardscaping that has cost people a fortune, but looks barren. These are usually paired with the meticulously edged beds with nothing but mulch in them. Or generic shrubs like barberries, etc. It is so bad that I am coming to really despise all that edging and hardwood mulch.
Definitely daylilies here too. They are everywhere.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2003 at 5:27PM
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MeMyselfAndI(5/6 central OH)

Gotta add the fake rocks I've seen to this list! If 'they' had just 1 rock, or differently shaped rocks, it would be different. But 2 giant, identical, battleship-gray boulders sitting on small mulched (and black plastic-edged) circles is downright funny! Especially when one day they had blown over! If this turns into a fad, I sincerely hope it's a very short-lived one with a very small following!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2003 at 11:00PM
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pam_whitbyon(6 Niagara)

I HAD to come of LurkLand to mention this... I've seen it at least twice, and that's two times too many :)

-- A garden bed. Literally. A real brass bed head and footer sitting in the garden with flowers in between... I kid you not. There's one on our street and I have this morbid fascination with it. Damn! I'm sure I look at it SO much that the house owner probably thinks it's a real work of art!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2003 at 12:29PM
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Pam, it's like an car accident, you don't want to look, but you can't help yourself! *grin* Just be glad you can stop yourself from planting one!!

IA Z5a

    Bookmark   July 8, 2003 at 1:47PM
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dedoverde(Zone 9 CA)

Well, if we at the LFGF Thread formed our own garden club we could call ourselves the Stella d'Oro Posse Commitatus. Anyone here ever read the newsletters put out by Plant Amnesty in Seattle??

    Bookmark   July 9, 2003 at 10:16PM
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You know you're a redneck when...
the kids trip over the Christmas lights while looking for Easter eggs!
I don't get the stone deer in the yard. Not when there's enough of the real thing around here.
There's this house several blocks from mine that has every kind of garden decoration ever created by man in the front yard. Geese (that sport Redskin helmets during football season); deer; elves; a wishing well; mushrooms, large insects; fake logs; you name it. There was this house that I used to pass on the way to my old job that had its azaleas cropped in a square shape. Look like a boot camp hair cut. Those poor azaleas!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2003 at 12:25PM
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amf55nj(z6 NJ)

Over manicured, too large lawns, the dreadful red mulch- especially if mounded too high), Stella D'Oro daylilies (just don't like the color), the little figures of a man with a burro, and plastic animals.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2003 at 4:24PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

How about little black plastic crows, all wearing little white plastic "straw" hats, about a foot apart, on both sides of a front walkway. Yes, I saw it. My husband was driving. I'd have stopped to take a picture of them for this thread. Plastic "thingies" in the garden are about the hardest thing to keep my mouth shut about. The crows could be meant as a quirky conversation piece, though, as tongue in cheek. You never know.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2003 at 12:16AM
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grenthum(z5 MI USA)

I know this is just a matter of choice but when it comes to lawns, I hate the look of the "buzz cut lawn". The people across the street cut their lawn twice a week almost and cut it down to about an inch. They are anal about it. It is so short they must water it twice as much and it always looks pale and so damn short!!! I just hate it!!! They also had some beautiful ornamental trees on their property and cut them down. It is even more barren. They work hard at it always trimming and edging. They are also the first people to cut their lawn in the spring and are cutting it when it is snowing. I think they have problems Don't get me wrong. We also trim and edge and have a great nice green and lush lawn but we keep it long. It looks inviting and is nice to walk on in bare feet. I also hate plastic flowers.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2003 at 8:33PM
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littlebug5(z5 MO)

Can't believe nobody mentioned this: the little white plastic picket fences that are about 1 foot high and come in 3-foot sections. Or sometimes people will have the wire kind that comes on a roll and is painted white, also about 1 foot high. It's never even and usually half falling over.

How could anybody ever think this looks good -- a 1-foot tall fence???? For what? To keep the marigolds from jumping the sidewalk and escaping into the night? To keep the cats out of the flowers (ha!)? What?????

    Bookmark   July 16, 2003 at 12:55PM
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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

I have one good reason to use a 2-foot-tall roll of fence...
To keep some of the basketballs from rolling into our yard before we have a surveyor come to mark the lot line before we build a real fence.

And one good reason to use 1-foot tall pieces of fence (I use wood)...
To prop up the bottom of flopping perennials.

Other than that, I have no idea.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2003 at 7:05PM
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bamboogrrrl(z5 NY)

This thread has me laughing so hard! Cherubs peeing into chartreuse and eggplant planted pots. Bowling balls and gnomes - bowling for forest gnomes?

I really hate the themed tree. First it starts on Valentine's Day with red plastic hearts hung from spindly trees. These hearts fade by Easter to a dirty pink, but are never removed. That would ruin the effect. Added to the hearts? Retina-searing plastic Easter eggs, then a plethora of July 4th paraphernalia. The poor tree weeps under the plastic doodads weighing its branches down. Can't we keep plastic OUT of Eden?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2003 at 3:52PM
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RobinHoodRoad(6 WV)

I'm new to this site but I am disappointed in the messages. Do we always have to make fun of what other people think is nice for their yards and gardens? I like to decorate with things that make ME happy and things I like - I don't plant or place things for other peoples enjoyment.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 12:09PM
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schenley(WMA z5)

Welcome to the site. I'm sorry you didn't find this thread as hysterical as the rest of us. When an "eye of the beholder" thread appears, it is never meant to offend anyone, and I'm sorry you apparently were...please don't take it personally. Taste is such a subjective subject that it's bound to produce laughter as well as ire. Simply go on to the next thread, there's so much great information on this forum.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 3:45PM
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throwing in my .02.....

the fake deer and dressed up geese turn my stomach.

a neighbor put one of those looks-like-boulders-and-stone-fountains in their front yard - and I mean smack in the middle of the front yard and THEN surrounded it by white rock... no landscaping at all....

the tipped over barrels that look like they're spilling flowers - novel idea in the early 90's but way dated now....

and the neighbors across the street that lined landscaping lights up their sidewalk, 2 feet out & sticking out of the ground crooked...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 4:25PM
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It's been around so long, I don't know if you'd call it a fad, but I find the overuse of shrubs rather unattractive - especially when they are pruned to an extreme hard edge or allowed to cover large portions of the house.

It's my personal opinion, but I'd like to see a new 'fad', where the use of shrubs is diminished and/or more soft choices are made that enhance architecture.

Another one: overuse of ground covers [especially when they aren't properly maintained]. There's no free lunch and even when you put in ground cover there has to be something occasionally done to it. Particularly annoying when adjoining neighbors don't stay on top of that stuff [ahem] and allow it to grow onto other people's property, leaving someone else with a task that they 'didn't sign up for'.

And... red mulch is hideous.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2003 at 2:44PM
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Wood chips! If I never see another wood chip in my life, it'll be too soon. When we moved into our house, which had been a college rental for 20 years or so prior to our buying it, my first priority outside was to get rid of all the wood chips and the horrendous pink rock that the former owners had used as a masquerade (didn't fool anyone) for the poor, abused yard. I shoveled and bagged wood chips through a few warm-weather seasons, uncovering lots of dirty gravel, more than a foot deep in some places and littered with bottlecaps and broken glass and other odds and ends. I removed all of the pink rock to reveal a brick path, built not with pavers but with cheap red brick that was crumbling into dust. But, I would much rather have started from ground zero than to have had to work so hard to remove all that #*#! they threw on top of it! That was clearly an abuse of wood chips, but I also dislike them when used as mulch. They are not the kind of things that blend seamlessly into the landscape, and they also have a tendency to leap from their beds and situate themselves into every other part of the yard.

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westtxteach(z7 WestTexas)

Plastic Flowers! I've always thought they were for people who just wanted it to LOOK like they worked in their garden.

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Wendy_the_Pooh(z5/6 NY)

What do people think about SILK flowers mixed in with real in a barrel? I saw that in front of a store recently.

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fishcookie(z9bCA Sunset 19)

The lovely thing about silk and plastic flowers is that they bleach out and turn colorless in a few weeks of sun exposure. The purpose of this form of decoration must be to enhance the beauty of the neighbor's yard.

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glassmouse(z5-Cent IL)

I make stained glass art (hence the name), and for several years I've laughed myself sick over the appearance of "garden art" paraphernalia in the stained glass supplies catalogs. Mosaic stepping-stones, stained glass butterflies on garden stakes, etc. The worst, and most hilarious, always seemed to me to be the stained glass panel made to be displayed on a wrought-iron stake. When I first saw this, DH and I laughed and laughed deliriously for hours, and as soon as one of us calmed down, the other would only have to say, "Glass on a stick!" to get the hysteria started again.

Then we bought a house (partly so that I could have room for a glass workshop in the garage). And the house came with huge garden beds. And I became at least as obsessed with gardening as I am with glass. Sure enough, the inevitable is happening...I am seized with the increasing urge to combine my two great obsessions. I've made both DH and my best friend promise repeatedly to stop me if they catch me putting glass-on-a-stick in my garden, but sadly, both DH and BF ascribe to the "to each his own; I would never tell anyone else what to do in their garden" philosophy of life. So I am this close to making a glass dragonfly-on-a-stick for my new hummingbird bed...

However, DH and BF have both sworn that they will stop me if they ever catch me buying a concrete goose and dressing it up in little seasonally-appropriate outfits purchased at the local farmer's market (the local fad I hate most). If they let me so much as glance longingly at a concrete goose in a little Pilgrim outfit, they're both out of the will, and no glass-on-a-stick for Christmas for either of them!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2003 at 7:34PM
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tropicalfreak(z10b Ft Lauderdale)

people who use those plastic flowers in their landscape need to be fined somehow/someway by the fashion police for tackiness, the gardening police for insulting mother nature, the anti-laziness police for being just lazy, a major reality check, their home isn't part of some fake hollywood set....maybe take all thos that must use those plasctic flowers and start their own town, "plasticville, usa....where everyone is a fake"

why do they even bother....jeeze


    Bookmark   December 25, 2005 at 6:14PM
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gardengirl_sd(z10 CA)

OMG...this has been highly entertaining and FUNNY!

I'd take peeing cherubs over my LFF... plastic flowers-seriously tacky and lazy! Just plain WRONG!

I can't really call this a "fad" cos it's the only one I've ever seen, but it was quite disturbing...a GIANT, life size BROWN BEAR-complete with snarl and white sharp teeth in someone's front yard...thankfully it isn't in my neighborhood, but near the Mexican place I frequent...

Does anyone have a problem with gnomes? I want one!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 4:07AM
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Anybody mention the tree faces? I thought they were kinda cute but definintly wierd! P.S. I have silouttes
of deer and bear along our property line and a boy and girl that swings from a apple tree. Plastic flowers always look just that! PLASTIC. Everyone should feel free to decorate thier yards anyway they want but if its in the view of others you will be subjected to the critical stares of others. So what! P.S. I love chartruse and purple
Happy Gardening!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 11:57AM
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bghank(z5 IL)

Red mulch and plastic flowers are GREAT choices for least favorite things, but at least they're GARDEN things. But whats with these gazing balls? I've seen one garden with several of them. I thought 'disco' was making a comeback. UGH!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2006 at 10:17PM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

My current "least favorite garden fad" is all the garden lighting available. Aren't moonlight and sunlight ENOUGH? I definitely don't like glow-in-the-dark stuff.


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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

lol, i thought only the crazy old coot down the road planted plastic flowers. now i can see it's a universal thing.

maybe this isn't exactly gardening, but what about all those giant blow-up things for every conceivable holiday sitting all over lawns?

gardengirl - no problem with gnomes here.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 11:15PM
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Let's see...

- scalloped concrete edging blocks. (confession: I put them in once, years ago, but promptly removed them after seeing the horrible monster I created).
- poodled olive trees. (similar to poodled junipers but on a grander scale; definitely a Southern California thing).
- asparagus fern: vile weed. Not really a fad, I just hate the stuff.
- river rock borders. EVERY house in my neighborhood has these. It's a water conservation technique where the city I live in mandated a few years ago that a certain percentage of each lawn must be covered with non-lawn materials. I believe I am the first one to buck the trend and replace the rock with more eye-pleasing, natural looking (at least to me) large chunk pine bark.
- tulips. After they bloom, what's the point? Again, not a fad, just hate them.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2006 at 2:44PM
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I simply hate seeing a old toilet sitting in a garden with flowers planted in it!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2006 at 12:38AM
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maozamom NE Ohio

I just don't understand vinyl fence. Why would a person who wouldn't think of wearing polyester add a plastic fence to their landscape?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2006 at 2:33PM
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Garden 'Junk' done so that it doesn't blend with the surroundings. I have seen 'antique' boxes, ladders, planters, metal works, etc in some AWESOME settings- even an outhouse here on GW, and then I have seen these same things just PILED into peoples' yards and it looks like a junkyard. There IS a tactful way to use Garden Junk, but if it looks like 'junk in your yard' when you're done, leave it out.

Over-use of any/all of the following:
Plain green hosta
Boring Variegated Hosta
The above in any of the following settings: Tree rings, light pole rings, rows along driveways just for 'something to put there.'
Red mulch in a residential setting. I still hate it in commercial settings, but that's the ONLY place it should be seen.
Stella D'Oro Daylilies
Lawn ornaments. Again, done tactfully, and strategically placed, ornaments can enhance a garden. When they just look like they were put there "just for something to put there" they do just the opposite.
Rural settings made to look suburban. Ie: manicured lawns, geometric landscaping designs...something that belongs on a sloped street in San Francisco rather than in the lovely country setting of which it REALLY is a part.
CONTAINER GARDENS WHERE THE FLOWERS AREN'T PROPORTIONATE TO THE CONTAINER! (Usually too-small/short flowers in a mongo-tall container.) Ref: a 3/4 filled Whiskey Barrel full of Mums. It just looks ridiculous. Akin to wearing high-water pants.

Gardens that are too small for the property, or lack of a 'vertical' interest. Ie: Island beds with nothing but annual creeping phlox and pansies.

Pansies planted on the ground.

(I need to get off this thread)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2006 at 3:47PM
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Great thread!

I'd have to say one of my least favorite things (besides lawn art) has got to be plants which appear fake even if they aren't. It could be the Pansies planted blooming in the winter, a randomly place blue hydrangea, unnaturally bright pink flowers, or maybe something that's just too hybridized for its own good. I know it when I see it.

Frankly it isn't surprising to me that people have turned to plastic plants. It's the natural progression. For years the plants have become more and more unnatural looking. People complain about old-fashioned strains when they come up from seed where they don't want them, or if they grow too quickly, so now everyone goes with plants that can't reproduce at all! The just sit there in the yard, not doing much of anything, while being some radioactively saturated color.

I can kinda see the conversations that must happen at the nursery: "Do you have any brightly colored plants that don't grow, won't require water and that I don't have to take care of?"

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 2:30PM
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My neighbor has spent lots of time to make her yard pretty. She has several large rose bushes and some other nice shrubs and flowers. Her husband has ringed their yard with used cars, tractors, and riding lawn mowers in various states of disrepair and disassembly.

The people up the street from them have 2 or 3 teenagers, so they have lots of cars too. While they all run, some of the cars are what you'd call unique fixer uppers.

A little way from there lives a guy who is fixing up an old Camaro in the yard beside the house, right next to his wife's flowerbeds.

Since I pass by the area frequently, I'd have to say my least favorite garden addition doesn't stop at the tire, it would have to be the whole car. ;-)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2006 at 9:43PM
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katielovesdogs(z5b/6a Indiana)

Straight rows of red, white and blue annuals with flag accents

White plastic picket fence with angels on each post==angels are plastic with spinning wings

    Bookmark   May 25, 2006 at 9:51PM
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Thank Goodness that other people feel the same way about those gaudy plastic flowers. It looks like Walt Disney THREW-UP in their yard.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 9:17PM
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LOL, that yard must be hilarious, Katylovesdogs. Please tell me the neighborhood!

my least fave is people who build these large "island" mound gardens in their perfectly flat and featureless yard. Picture a gaint square sea of green grass with no other gardens and this beauty is placed in the very center in a perfect oblong oval shape, about 2 to 3 foot high. Then you plant the tallest sea oats you can find in the middle, ring that with crappy annuals you get at Wal-mart (say, impatiens or perhaps bright purple geraniums) and cover the entire thing with Mars-red mulch and geodes spaced evenly in a border. The only thing missing is the tacky white plastic 1 foot fence. But that may still be installed, time will tell.

Why not start at the house with your landscaping and work your way out to the yard. Nope, just plop that sucker right there in the middle. And never add on or build up to it with anything else.

I used to write a gardening column and actually took pictures of one of these to demonstrate my personal "Garden Don'ts".

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 3:58PM
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Why this shrub is so popular is beyond me. Once it has finished blooming it looks dirty unless it's sheared. When sheared... you have round orbs. Spirea are planted in nearly ever commerical landscape, in almost all professionally landscaped yards, and the nurseries sell every cultivar available which is perpetuating this overused shrub. I'll take a stella over a spirea any day.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2006 at 8:11PM
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I hate those grey gravel rocks people use to fill in the sides of the driveway because they are too lazy to plant something, and "well, the gravel just fills it up".
When I first moved here, I removed ALL of the gravel by hand. I was just learning to garden, and was looking for all available space. I didn't have many garden tools except my hands and a trowel. It took me over three years to get them all out and now its a gorgeous 20 X 3 ft perennial garden bed. But to this day, 12 years later, I'm still finding the occasional stupid piece of gravel when I put in a new plant!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 7:39AM
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Judy Lodin

Not sure if this was mentioned in a previous post, but I am not an admirer of plastic anything....plastic lawn chairs, plastic statuary (such as flamingos), plastic trellises or arbors---and especially plastic hanging pots that you get at the nursery. The white ones are especially hideous. When folks hang these in their yards, all I notice is the pot, not the plant. Naturally, the plastic flowers give off really bad vibes as well, and lots of posters have mentioned those!

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My My My....ump..ump....ump...Things have truly changed since this thread started way back in 2003.Its almost Christmas 2007! And as always, i'll be glad when its over!
This is an old thread that needs reviving! Ive read some funny stuff on here people!
Well 1st off...I got along row of RED silk poinsettas going up the driveway! They really brighten the area up for the holidays!! And when it snows, that red color just POPS!! and its just gorgeous!
I also make planters out of the tires with the rims on them! I love these! They never wear out! I paint the tires one color and the rim another after i flip it inside-out. Then i can paint flowers or designs on them! Sometimes i make them pschedelic! I have medium to large tire planters! When you put impatiens in them in the shade in a circle...they look like big old puff balls when they grow out!!!" Sort of like Aretha Franklin. Smile;-)
Oh yea I have those plastic flowers.Iam guilty.But....when i see the color fading out,i will replace them the following year.I dont want my yard to look tacky! I like them in there to give some areas that need filling in,some pow!!!, till summer gets here.
OH!OH! I have a circle flower bed in the middle of my front yard!Its so pretty in the spring,summer and fall with the beautiful varieties of flowers growing in there.
I....Got...Red...Mulch...Too!!! Now i love that stuff...Thinkin' about gettin some of that stuff you spray on the mulch.Some kinda red color stuff for the mulch. So that after winter when the color fades out....... i can spruce it up!
OK What else....Oh Yea!!! I dont have nothing against plastic fences. I have several kinds myself actually!
I do have some fairy and kids statues.And what that other person said is true...."They do look like children of the corn!" Now i look at them differently.
Moving on....I dont want nothing that looks old in my yard! I dont like that crackle stuff....nor do i want something that looks like its been out there on a farm for 50years!!
No sir...not for me! I grew up poor! I want new stuff!!!If anything, i want to get it new,and let it grow old with ME!!!And copper piping turning green and suppose to look QUAINT? FORGET IT!!lOOKS LIKE JUNK TO ME!!!!
I also have a scalloped bricked retaining wall around my front yard! It looks real good!
I also paint my garbage cans with flowers! Because if i dont, my old man neighbor next door will take it, and act as though he didnt realize he took my good expensive garbage can AGAIN!!!!!
And this is my home.
OK, now.....,Since this thread is about Least favorite garden fad, im going to give it to you straight!!!!
Those gnomes su#k! Maybe if you was in Ireland or scotland somewhere!out in the country where its all quaint and pretty! Not here. Not in the USA! Those things look like Chuckys relatives! You know iam right! If you think they are cute you might have 666 on your forehead!
What else....Oh Yea!!!!!
Those stupid stupid stupid deer on the grass out in front of a house,,,,,across the street from KROGER or a GAS STATION!!!!!Come on people!!!They look incredibly FAKEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
So there....Thankyou VERY MUCHHHHH! Have a great Christmas and an extroardinary NewYear!!!!......Ohgirl

    Bookmark   December 23, 2007 at 4:45PM
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MOST HATED GARDEN TREND: OUTDOOR ROOMS!!!! This is just so ridiculous and against nature it nauseates me. Let's have a living room outside. Let's have a bedroom outside. Let's have a shower outside. For pete's sake...it's the OUTSIDE not the INSIDE. That's the charm of it. Don't build rooms in your backyards. THey're stupid.

Also hate: Perfect lawns with perfect hedges all around. Ick.
and those damn glass totems. Man, I would be so angry if I inherited all that crap from one of my loved ones. Build things with form AND function. Collecting crap is collecting crap -- even if you do glue it all together and stick it in your yard. I'd hate to live next to a yard full of that stuff, too.

Bowling balls all over the place...again no function, no use. What the hell? Collecting is collecting. And filling your yard with crap is filling your yard with crap.

I love recycling stuff but going and collecting a bunch of useless crap in order to recycle it is kind of dumb.

But outdoor rooms are stoopid.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 12:47AM
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I pop on now and again and pick the threads with the most responses to read...I figure if they interest that many people, they'll interest me, too. Well, this one did not disappoint. Mostly, it was hilarious!

FWIW, I 100th the notion (I think maybe two or three people disagreed) that the kitsch in the garden is absolutely disgusting. I went to a co-worker's house because she wanted to spend the afternoon making "stones," whatever those were. I drove up...in the flower bed, out front and boldly forward, were two, three-foot-long plastic alligators.


Turned out "stones" were more kitsch...cement poured into molds and painted whatever ghastly color you deemed "cute." (I never got invited back again. Our choices in paint colors, what to "decorate" the "stones" with, etc. were just too different. The alligators, too, it turned out, were deliberate, as were a number of other choice pieces, including flamingos.)

Later I moved to a nice, new-to-me old home. My neighbor...is into movie kitsch. Bright pink disney-esque caterpillars. Cinderella type female figures. Pinks and purples and baby blues and lime-greens - cartoon character colors - on plastic and ceramic child's toy-sized "ornaments," liberally distributed in the flower beds (and in their case, everywhere else in the yard, too). And a melted-wax looking plastic fountain. Oh yeah, and the homemade deer sillouhettes, four feet tall, propped up in the front lawn. They also are painted, albeit in "natural" colors, like cartoon characters, a fact not lost despite their generous coating of pine tree debris and dirt from the hard rains we've had.

Sure am glad for the four foot chain link fence separating us. Someday I'm going to have to go for those junipers...they get about eight feet high, don't they?

Is this where we wax elequent about how we WANT a yard to look?

Verdant Croft

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 4:05PM
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Wow......too many to mention....but I'm gonna' have to go with what I have surrounding me in my neighbor's yards. On the one side of me I have a neighbor who has the wooden wishing well, just recently stained a mildewy like color with no life planted around it. But that's just the beginning, she has an outhouse, and too many gnomes and fairies and dogs and hanging things to mention.....very little flower and plant life.....it's so tacky and ridiculous! Then directly across the street from me I have a new neighbor who has just landscaped her whole property with freaking topiaries! Don't get me wrong, I have a few of them....they are pretty when they accent your landscaping...but too much of ANYTHING is NOT good! They must have 14-16 of them just visible from the front yard, and it's not a big yard! And on TOP of that they have the white gravel all along the road in their "beds" with pavers, it's all just SO UNnatural....And speaking of UNnatural, their hanging baskets on their front porch have fake flowers in them. (I know this not because I've ever gotten close enough to look or feel, but because since they were first hung last year, they haven't changed shape, size, or color since!) I HATE fake plants/flowers outside. And out of the topiaries that I mentioned, that did NOT include the 6 FAKE ones that flank their garage door and on their porch/porch steps. I think they think it makes them look "rich", with the cost of those things, ya' know? Oh, and they have all the flood lights to highlight it all too.....yuck! Anyway, these people are people who will hand wash their vehicle outside at 10P in 20degree Farenheit weather,trim the grass along the edge of their property and the roadside with scissors, STAIN half of their telephone pole!, and "pretend" (ya' know, act like they don't see you, and fake like they're getting a call on their cell phone? or wait until you are about an inch away from their physical body and you've said something to them first before they look up and acknowledge you) like they don't see you if you try to approach them and walk away from you... I think they are just SO engrossed in their IMAGE as opposed to having people getting to know them, so really, their landscaping theme matches their personalities, snotty and fake! No one can get close enough to them to advise them on how ridiculous it looks...Oh and ALSO!........hanging inside wall decor such as medallions and such on the outside of your house! OMG, what next? Whew! I feel better now! I've been wanting to vent about all that CRAP that I have to look at for a while now.....Oh...and I HATE the red mulch too! My neighbor on the other side of me uses that, it matches her shutters, but I like her, she'll talk to you.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 12:54PM
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Sorry if I sounded a little bitter with my previous post.....can't help it....I am the beholder and they are my eyes........I forgot to mention FAKE rocks ...WHY USE FAKE? ANYTHING FAKE gets my goat. And I forgot to mention the seasonal changing of the flags...a flag is a flag is a flag is a flag is a flag.............too much, just tooooooooo much.....

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 1:05PM
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I'd rather see any of the 'stuff' in the above postings rather than one more boring green lawn. "Oh look, what a nice lawn...that makes #912 on this street". ANYTHING is more interesting and less boring than the biggest blight on the planet...the perfect lawn.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 1:28PM
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grinchis40(Z7 Princeton TX)

I really hate the 'real' rocks (large boulders really) that people just plop down in their yard for that 'natural' look. Boulders don't look like that in nature people! Dig a hole and settle it in. Plants grasses and plants around it. Geez!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2008 at 11:52AM
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flowerbeds outlined in little rocks....or even painted rocks... hate them!!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 10:51PM
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woodside(6 IN)

A neighbor down the street has a smaller home with a 100 foot pine tree in the small front yard shading the entire lot. Attached to the base of this tree in all that darkness is a gleaming white wrought iron two seater bench.

It's chained to the tree.

Chained??!! First of all, who is sitting in that cold full shade to look at that sparse grass? Second of all, who is going to drag a heavy arsed wrought iron bench off their property and down the street??? This is an established neighborhood- don't you trust your neighbors?

I secretly want to cut off the chain, take it, and and leave the bench just to demonstrate their ridiculousness.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 1:13PM
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anita(z5 UT)

concrete curb-edged island bed in the center of the lawn. It's not that it looks so bad, but EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY does this! Show some originality, people!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 2:17PM
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anita(z5 UT)

I forgot-

I also hate LOLLIPOP TREES. People take a tree that wants to be big (like, say, a Catalpa), and prune it down to a little ball-on-a-stick. Why not just plant a dwarf?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 2:47PM
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mirendajean(Donegal, Ireland)

I loathe seeing one dwarf tree in the centre of a lawn. Why? It looks so lonely.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 5:46AM
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Gazing balls and gnomes. The only thing worse than either of them is a yard full of trash that looks like a garden rummage sale. EW

A life size T-Rex with a deer dangling from its mouth would absolutely ROCK. I doubt the neighbors would agree. :(

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 4:21PM
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the indoor garden area: The saddest looking Umbrella plant that has ten-year so no one trims it and no one moves it outside in summer.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 5:04PM
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the indoor garden area: The saddest looking Umbrella plant that has ten-year so no one trims it and no one moves it outside in summer.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 5:10PM
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