Still Driving me Crazy

It doesn’t matter.

It just doesn’t matter how many times I see it . . . I still go nuts.

It’s junk, it’s lazy, it’s “I don’t give a damn”. It’s certainly pathetic.

Really bad landscaping

[ What’s really sad . . . it’s everywhere. ]

Look, I understand that some people have severe budgets to deal with, but why do some(most) developers of American strip malls emasculate/whack/obliterate any chance a landscaper has of putting something decent in front of their latest money-making venture?

Why? Why? Why?

Flip side

Why does said contractor, “designer” give up. Yes the budget is bare bones but there are ways to be a little creative here.

  • Hold onto the evergreens for seasonal interest and to hold the scene together.
  • Get rid of the McDonalds scheme . . . “a red one then a gold one”. I mean c’mon.
  • Every shrub installed is the same shape, giving the low-budget maintenance guy a chance to power shear every shrub into the same gumdrop . . . 😦
  • Plant some perennials, even if they’re quart sizes, add some live groundcover, cluster the evergreens . . . and for the same money you got a little something. Something.

Sheeesh, these guys are driving me crazy.

Folks can talk about ”being green” and environmentally friendly, and sustainable all they want; but frankly, I still see this junk being put in all over.

And it’s driving me crazy.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. As an amateur trying to learn design basics, I wish you could take this picture and show an alternative. How can this be improved on a similar budget?

    I’ll work on that and see what we can do . . .

  2. Even some nice decorative landscape boulders and mounds would have made this look much better, without effecting the cost very much at all.

    Absolutely, anything than what they settled for here, and so many other strip malls around the country.

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