1st Foliage Follow-Up for xericstyle…
For FANTASTIC foliage, and fantastic everything for that matter, please head over to digging and see foliage Pam Penick-style. Pam is my mentor, my inspiration, my guru, practically the reason for my gardens’ existence. What would I do without Pam? Hmmmmmmm … have a REALLY ugly yard!
In my garden a lot of things are flowering right now after the rains so I decided to focus my first foliage follow-up post on how foliage can make an eyesore fabulous. I hope you can see my vision because right now nothing is fabulous, I still have U-G-L-Y, UGLY eyesores. BUT….the potential!
Here you can see my hideous shed. HOWEVER….add a few quirky elements like the cactus wreath I made, and the Texas longhorn bird house a friend made me, and it already looks better. However, what will be most transforming are the two yellow butterfly vines (Mascagnia macroptera) I planted on each side of the shed. When I close my eyes I see the shed covered in the vine …sides…roof…everywhere… CAN’T WAIT. I also plan on an orange lantana in front of the vine. By the way, I have not watered the vines in 2012 – not even once…seriously! I planted them last fall, so they did get a rainy “establishment season.” But come 2012 – they got no care from me. ZILTCH!
I really REALLY hope this bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa) makes a nice screen for the a/c unit when it grows up. I think it will be just the right height…however the air blowing may be a disaster and it may not be happy here. Oh well, you don’t know unless you try! Learning to garden is killing a lot of plants…and moving a lot of plants over and over…and for me..over again!
And here I planted my 4th and final Yucca Rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ as it will be a good width and height to cover this electrical panel and also provide another structural element to this bed. This will take years, but hey, I am pretty patient. And again, when I close my eyes, I can’t help it, I just see it there. I see it grown …and I can’t shake it out of my head.
First foliage follow-up! Feels good y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again, let me say, landscape can transform an ugly yard and an ugly house to no end. It never ceases to amaze me.