Back to the 1980s

From time to time in my travels, I notice landscapes and gardens that show a vintage, with certain plants and combinations that were trendy at the time. The landscapes of the 1980’s and early 1990’s stick out in particular, perhaps because this was the period when I began studying horticulture and design.

Not that there’s anything wrong with these features, of course, but it’s an interesting exercise to date the installations.

A few typical features:

  • Mugo pines and Japanese red pines at the center of a “border”.
  • “Borders” in general
  • Ground covering junipers with a few cotoneasters or winter jasmines (with the junipers mostly just barely hanging on these days).
  • Screens of white pines
  • Kousa dogwoods (we all thought the native ones were dying out)
  • Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’
  • Dry creeks, lanterns, plantings in threes and fives, and other Japanese-inspired features
  • Hostas everywhere (only seen now where the deer haven’t been able to extirpate them)
  • Miscanthus sinensis planted by pools

What am I missing?

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