David Morello hasn't been led away in cuffs by the neighborhood lawn police, but it’s only a matter of time. Flouting the holiest convention of accepted suburban landscape design, he ripped out the grass in front of his Houston bungalow and filled the 40- by 60-foot space with waves of flowers and shrubs. If you’ve ever thought about converting your front lawn into a garden but aren’t quite ready to go in whole hog, he offers these tips for moving ahead one step at a time.
Start with Structure
Lots of different flowers in a small area can look chaotic. Border them with evergreens and paths to define planting beds and keep things organized. Boxwoods, dwarf yaupons, and clipped ivy do the job here. “Evergreens make display beds that change from season to season more manageable,” he explains. “They also add another layer of interest. The nooks and crannies they create can be the best spaces in a garden.”