You really have to dislike the uniformity of lawns when, as a renter, you take a chance and remove it strip-by-strip to plant a perennial flower bed like Jill did in Peterborough, Ontario. She began tinkering with the combinations of plants seven years ago to ensure blooms throughout the season until she had it just right.
On the Urban Tomato blog she documents the parade of blooms, which may, unfortunately, be seeing their last season. “As a rental tenant I have no rights to protect my garden,” writes Jill. “I have been told I might have to dig up my garden to be replaced by 'uniform landscaping.’ This could the last year of its splendor. Sad!”