If you done made your landscaper give you this look, you done screwed up. No, you can’t have African iris and dwarf indian hawthorne and parson’s juniper and variegated pittosporum and plain old muhlie grass all over your garden. If we were trying to landscape a walmart, then maybe. MAYBE. But no. Just no. Those plants are what we call ”cliché,” or ”commercial properties only,” and no, you may not have them, and you may not overload your yard with them.
Please feel free, however, to use these delightful plants all you want in a beautiful container tucked away in the cranies and crevices of the walk-in closet in your bedroom.
Of course, I am being fececious. These plants have their purpose in the world of residential gardens, but you will understand when I claim that they are so repiticiously overused on such a massive scale that they are considered, for the purposes of a professional designer, as cliché, boring, dull, a monumental waste of space that could have been occupied by much more colorful, texturey and unique plant material.
So, please, if you hire a professional landscaper, let him do his job. Sure, he’ll concede to to your request to tuck away a few african iris or muhlie grass here or there, but it will be accented with something much more beautiful if you let him choose for you.