I love my front yard garden. I know that it's not good for house resale to have so much garden, and I also know that when we do finally move the person who buys the house will likely get rid of most if not all of the plants here. But when I come home, seeing this garden makes me happy:
(Excuse the slant. I clearly had trouble standing up straight and taking a picture on this day!)
With this front yard garden, I was aiming for 3 things:
- Year-round interest through texture, form and color contrasts.
- A drought tolerant, low-maintenance garden.
- Taking advantage of the backlighting that I would get every evening as the sun set.
I am very happy to say that I mostly managed to hit on all three counts. Here are some detail shots:
|Japanese maple. Its fiery burn eludes the camera, unfortunately.|
|Mexican feathergrass and sea kale is a favorite frothy combo.|
I like to think that the oakleaf hydrangea grounds them a little.
|Grandma's variegated iris, brown carex, 'Bressignham Ruby' bergenia, heucheras, sage and grasses.|
|The view as I exit my car.|
|Heucheras might be my favorite plant to view backlit.|
I thought the little-leaf-shadow inside the blazing bigger leaf was cool here..
|Another heuchera, this one nestled at the foot of a just-emerged chocolate eupatorium.|
|My newly planted urn, featuring a softleaf yucca in the center. (You can see it hanging down from the top of the frame.)|
Ivy geraniums, heucheras (dug up from the garden), and white licorice plant ring the outside.