Helping people take back their yards Eminent landscaper Tom Strangfeld urges homeowners to avoid the repetitious, the soulless, the boring ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Tom Strangfeld at his home in East Harwich. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Strangfeld’s garden is 20 by 30 feet, framed by a white picket fence, and purposely low maintenance. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff “There’s a very limited number of people who get excited about gardening versus cooking and decorating,” said Strangfeld. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Strangfeld has an encyclopedic knowledge of plants and is a natural teacher. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff Strangfeld's menacing-looking "killer tool" does everything from slice weeds to clean ledge. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Purple cone flowers at at his home. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, yet it’s unexpectedly unassuming. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Strangfeld's garden started out as a shade garden but after the flowering cherry tree fell down two years ago, it became very sunny. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Strangfeld plans to completely redo the garden over the next few years for his grandchildren.