Before & After: Tyler’s Modern Flowerbed

This interesting makeover of a front garden flower bed came from Tyler over at plastolux. Having a modern design sensibility that wasn’t served by the rounded bed, half buried barrels and mish mash of plants, he ripped it out, edged it with concrete curbing, and installed a much more sleek and reserved collection of plants.

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  1. Susan aka Miss R on February 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I have to say that I think the makeover is incredibly ugly. Contemporary gone bad. The before wasn’t so great either.

  2. Joseph Tychonievich on February 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I have to agree with Susan/Miss R: Yuck. The before is bad suburban blah, the after even worse modern lame. It has NO relationship to anything else in the yard!

  3. Nell Jean on February 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

    To each his own, I guess. The only word that comes to mind is ‘cemetery.’

  4. Kay on February 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I say change is good and actually, I kind of like it. Clearly the owner is into modern. Maybe this lends itself to the architecture of the house better. Give it a few years to fill out.

  5. shaun sadree on February 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Wow thats amazing.. very different design comparing from the before picture. amazing work dude keep it up.

  6. maggie on February 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I think this is very chic and an interesting solution to the unattractive, boring and typical “mound” that was there before. I’m not a big fan of expansive lawns (I live in the desert that is Southern California so it’s something of a mission to reduce the amount of lawn people have), but I like the green background against the geometric shapes and I like the starkness of it. It very much reminds me of 20th century modern art, color field paintings like those from Klein, Newman, Rothko, Stella, etc. I often find those paintings sort of boring in a museum, but I like the practical application of the idea here. I’d love to see how this composition works with the house on the property. I also think the topiary bush is cool — the simple geometry of it works great with the other, more linear, shapes.

  7. Sheila H on February 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I have to agree with Susan and Joseph. I don’t like at all… It’s a lot harder to maintain now since you now need to use a weed wacker to get the 90 degree angles and corners. I always discourage my clients from doing concrete edging. It’s too expensive and too permanent. Edging and hardscaping should not be the star of a garden – the plants should be!

  8. private on February 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I admire the person who breaks out of a mold and tries something different. I love the inner rock trail, and can’t help wanting it to symbolize an inner journey …
    It may be the shot, but it looks askew in the site. If askew is the theme, then take it farther – instead of the middle triangle fitting perfectly aligned – extend one side 18 inches toward the sidewalk. Yes it is harder to mow, but the impact is year round. Of course, concrete doesn’t lend itself to trial and error – did Frank Lloyd Wright say that?just a thought.
    The topiary is excellent. I would like to see its form repeated, perhaps balls of foliage with similar number and spacing.

  9. landscape design tampa on March 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, this is great. I love the before and after pictures you have provided.

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