Take a look at my designer “cottage lawn,” one of the hottest garden trends of 2012.
Don’t be jealous. It’s taken me years to achieve this look. Note the highly desirable color combination of yellow (dandelions) and sky blue (Creeping Charlie).
Just finishing up their show are henbit and hairy watercress. And now, wild violet is blooming and pokeweed is just beginning to peek out of the ground in every single place where any bird crapped in 2011. Pokeweed is especially unique — not many plants have a taproot the size of an elephant’s tusk — it’s one of a kind!
I will have to post another pic again in midsummer, when the thistle and horseweed are in full glory among larg-ish patches of dirt. This combo really works together for a complex yet minimalist look. I’m not into labels or anything but it’s very post-postmodern.
I know what you’re thinking: “but how can I achieve the look of an abandoned soccer field in my garden?” I’m sorry to say it takes a practiced hand to achieve the sophisticated weed tapestry you see in the photo. But with a little time, some small children, daily dousings of dog urine, and some really focused indifference you too may achieve the “cottage lawn” of your dreams.