In addition to showing you pictures of my new landscaping, I want to talk a little about what changes I made and why. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
|OK. The side yard is first. I have some cacti that I'm putting in here along with some groundcover perennials, some drought and heat-tolerant shrubs, and some ornamental grasses.|
|This bed is about 9 feet wide and 56 feet long. It has a fence along the back 25 feet or so, and railroad ties along the front 30 feet.|
|First, we got rid of this tree. It wasn't looking healthy, so Frank and Tom took it down. In it's place, we planted a Mexican Bird of Paradise. It's a nice lacy shrub that has the most beautiful orchid-like flowers in orange and yellow. As the plant begins to fade in autumn, the flowers change to red and deep gold. It's really lovely. I'll also add a variety that has only yellow flowers to keep the yellow color there through the fall.|
|There are three of these "groupings" in the side garden. The little bit of green in the middle is one of the orange/yellow Mexican Bird of Paradise. On either side are two groundcover plants -- gazanias. They'll spring out to form a nice multicolored base under the shrub. Next summer, I'll put up pictures of the "finished" product.|
|One of the gazania plants is an "Aztec Stripe". It has a white daisy-like flower with a magenta stripe running down the middle of each petal. They are gorgeous!|
|Bunny Ears and Mexican Bird of Paradise are added to the back of the side garden.|