Flower bulbs symbolise our need for authenticity
Discover the part flower bulbs play in ‘Street Savage’, a garden trend in which bold, visually powerful flowers take on an important role in our striving for individuality.
We live in a world where anything can be photoshopped: only the perfect picture will do, especially pictures we want to show to anyone else. With our own personal individuality fading, however, we fear we’re becoming like everyone else. So, our drive to be unique is outweighing our need to project ourselves as perfect. The result? We’re developing a huge need for individuality characterised by imperfection and freedom to be ourselves.
Off the beaten track
Who cares any more about being the perfect role model? Stereotyped expectations are simply being ignored. We want to discover things ourselves and not be hassled with rules. The new pathway is the off the beaten track. In the garden, this is expressed in a disarming planting with street scene and urban influences. The effect of planting flower bulbs with their colourful, visually powerful flowers reflects a kind of brash street savvy.
The more casual look of the plantings makes it seem like the flower bulbs have simply naturalised. They haven’t been, of course. Actually, this is an expression of a deliberate letting go of unwritten laws and rules. This is accentuated by the visually powerful colours of the gorgeous flowers produced by flower bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and grape hyacinths: each of them symbolises our demand for freedom.