Nature abhors a vacuum
Ah, it just seemed so deserted down here....
Let's test. Here are some photos from Louise Shelton's Beautiful Gardens of America, published in 1915.
Lenox, Mass. Does anyone know how this looks now?
Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore Maryland. It was 'Cylburn House' when the photo was taken. Those glorious hedges are gone. Cylburn looks ok now, but it wasn't restored. It was maintained, modified and expanded. The trees are wonderful. The perennial beds and grounds that are there now seem to be a compromise.
"Indian Hill" in Mentor, Ohio.
Woodside in Hartford Connecticut.
One thing I notice about the old gardens: The paths. Lots of grass paths in the more comfortable gardens. I ended up with grass paths in the gardens of my 1920's house. They work with the house.