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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.

**Have a before & after you’d like to share on studio ‘g’?  Just shoot me an email right here with your (low res, please) images**

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  1. Susan aka Miss R

    February 11th, 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

    February 11th, 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

    February 11th, 2010 at 10:14 am

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

  4. Kay

    February 11th, 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

    February 11th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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

  6. maggie

    February 11th, 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

    February 11th, 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

    February 13th, 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

    March 9th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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

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