The backyard party garden – A.K.A. “the beer garden”
I have been blogging less, but still working hard. Here are a few before and after shots of my backyard progress…never a dull moment around here!Above is where we started.The next step for me was figuring out how we used the yard, and how we wanted to use the yard. I designed the back garden to be ultra functional.Once the bones were in, we had a highly usable space already! I love the massive informal patio space, we use it all the time. The floating herb garden is just a few steps from the kitchen, and that is also very useful. For me, function is first, and once you figure that out, making it beautiful is the easy part. Plant it up baby! Here is another view….wasted space!After: Things are still filling in, but planted. I am working on creating a colorful, child and adult friendly party garden!Tangerine tee-pee trellis looks cheery with hot orange zinnias…I plan to grow a climber up it a.s.a.p.Fence line is planted with pomegranate tree (Punica granatum ‘Austin’), shoestring acacia tree (Acacia stenophylla), crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’), Thryallis (Galphimia glauca), firecracker fern (Russelia equisetiformis), blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens), upright rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’) , and meyer lemon tree (Citrus limon ‘Improved Meyer’). Containers add more party color and ‘dress up’ the space. Note: Shoestring acacia was fine this past COLD winter, it sailed through actually, in this protected spot here in San Antonio.And here is looking back, at the frogfruit and horseherb native “lawn” project. This has turned out to be a great choice for us. Once I got over the fact that it “looks messy.” It is no mow, next to no water, and it is steppable and attracts wildlife. I had a moment a couple of months ago…my kids were outside daily in it catching butterflies and watching bees…it was then I had my epiphany…this was the right choice for my family. I finally had the yard my kids WANTED to be in. Interesting, eh? The grass did not draw them…this did!
Happy Summer to all!
- Posted in: Back Garden- year 3