Gardeners, landscapers, designers and nurserypeople love to look at images in magazines and books and on television and social media. We sometimes call it ‘plant-porn’ or ‘landscape-porn’. Apparently there is a massive ‘lawn-porn’ trend happening around the world with middle-aged men.
The addiction of looking at these images is not the problem – it’s not a sin.
Perhaps the biggest problem we have is when we see an image and think “that will look great in my garden” or “Wow – I’ll use that in my next landscape design”.
And here lies the root of the evil, the point of no return and a spiral into the abyss.
Many glamour images of plants and landscapes on social media or in print are simply not suited to our subtropical climate. They will fail – an embarrassment to a designer’s/landscaper’s professional pride and even worse, highlighting lack of knowledge of plants for the local conditions.
A prime example of this is what happens every autumn (early winter) when there is an influx of garden designs that specify cool temperate deciduous plants – those stunning autumn tones – for inner city gardens in Brisbane and along the coastal strip from Gold Coast to Noosa.
Beelzebub himself/herself would take pride in the designers and landscapers that insist on specifying plants for clients that will fail and not perform as expected (lack of autumn colour tones), much like a shonky car salesman.
However, we know there is light for all people in the supply chain from nurserypeople, designers and landscapers who know their plants, can communicate good plant selection with clients and can create a wonderful designs that suit the climate and meed the desires of the client.
Hooray for all the hero designers and horticulturists who know their plants and create landscapes that celebrate the ‘sense of place’ for our subtropical climate.