Netherlands Landscape Design

In the Netherlands, outdoor spaces are carefully choreographed and Dutch gardens have traditionally been an orderly affair.

But there's a paradox. For centers sharp-cornered rectangular beds bordered by clipped shrubs have kept unruly plants in their place. And yet, Dutch gardens are crammed with colorful flowers irresistible to everyone from the old masters, who venerated their velvet textures in paintings, to the 17th-century tulip maniacs those possession led to an economic collapse.