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Category Archives: Front Garden – year 2

Gomphrena ‘fireworks’ love affair…

ended. There is no doubt it looked cool.   The gomphrena filled in massive areas quickly, cheaply, and with next to no supplemental water. It also added non-stop color and a whimsical element to my front garden.  But as demonstrated above it started to eat up everything else in the garden, and …well, truth is, this …

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Mass planted pink muhly softens…everything!

…a garden bed to make it move and flow……cacti to complement the structure……paths and hardscape to make them more welcoming……and it grabs the light and somehow softens that too! Got pink muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris)?  How do you use yours?

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The Purple Corner – Oct 2013

This was my “purple corner” last year after my front garden’s 1st summer…The plants are filling in, and the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is stealing the spotlight.And here we are fall #2.  Gregg’s blue mistflower (Conoclinium (Eupatorium) Greggii)  is a butterfly haven, prostrate rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ ) adds evergreen interest along with Yucca …

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Wide Shot – September 2013

I hope you will join me in posting a wide shot of your garden on the first of every month.  Please leave your link in your comment, and please do link back to me in your post to share the love.

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Front garden living fences are filling in…

I am thrilled that my living fences on both sides of the front garden are filling in.  I can almost not see the road/neighbours on either side.  Love my neighbours, but the privacy is nice and they give the garden a sense of enclosure and intimacy.BEFORE: Right-side of the front gardens living fence last May.AFTER:  …

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Summer year 1 and year 2 comparison…

It is HOT out there, and I have been feeling a little bit like nothing is happening…post worthy.  So I decided to look back at pictures from last summer around this time…BEFORE: My front garden last summer AFTER:  My front garden’s second summer. (this picture is so dark – I’ll take another later – sorry)A …

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Xericstyle garden survived the rain…

I am pleased and VERY thankful to report that my garden has survived the 10 inches of rain we got in just an evening last week.  I was concerned that a lot of my dry loving plants would have drowned as I have clay soil.  I guess I amended enough, but more than likely, the …

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‘Bubba’ blooms…

My two Texas native desert willow trees (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) are blooming for the first time since planting them in the front garden last fall.  I am in love… I love the wispy foliage, I love the dark bark, I love the vibrant flowers, I love it all.

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MACHO MONSTER OPUNTIA!

Remember my Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata Opuntia X ‘Old Mexico’?  (Thanks for the ID David!)I started it from one pad and it quickly grew in the pot until I planted it in the ground August 23, 2012.Here is the same little guy going through a growth spurt just 13 days later!And now look at this …

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smells like purple and looks like spring…

It smells like grape bubble gum in the front garden drawing me in… and making me stay.  I try to soak in as much of Texas mountain laurel time as I can every year.  The smell is intoxicating…and I like that! ;) Native Sophora secundiflora, is an absolute must in a Texas garden.So is native Gulf …

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