Foliage for the WIN!

When I first started gardening, I was drawn to the pretty flowers.  Salvias, callistemon, blue bonnets, etc, etc. Flowers were the gateway drug to gardening for me.  I dallied in trying new flowers, but the whole look just never came together. Fast forward a few years, I’m a full on gardening junkie, I know that foliage is where it’s at. Why didn’t you guys tell me sooner????

Anyways this past weekend was super sunny and warm, so naturally I was outside planting stuff, specifically foliage.  Even though technically we could still have a late freeze (not uncommon for central Texas) in March or even April, I think most of the plants I planted will be fine. Cue Mother Nature swooping in to make me look like an ass…

Back to foliage: The cedar sage under the Juniper really hasn’t taken off and filled in like I had hoped.  It’s very slow growing and while the flowers are attractive, the foliage is just a little blah. And it’s VERY shady.   Sooooo, I decided to fill in the space with some Scott’s Turf Sedge from Barton Springs Nursery.  It’s perfect for shade, drought-tolerant, and evergreen.  What’s not to love?!

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And the finished result! It still needs mulch,  but I’m hoping it fills in similar to the one seen over at Pam Penick’s.  The green clumps between the sedge are the Cedar Sage and the green clumps on the berm behind the sage are the Inland Sea Oats, another shady favorite.

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And our second shady bed…that has slighty better soil…we went with more foliage. Pictured below we have native River Fern (Thelypteris kunthii), Foxtail Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), more sedge, and purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis).

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Finished result number 2! I have three squid agave (Agave bracteosa) planted in the “blank” looking space, but they’re pretty hard to see, so I may do something to elevate them and make them a little more eye-catching.fern-garden-and-pond

The parrot and lady vase are new additions to the garden, courtesy of my parents for Christmas. Her head is spilling out with some variety of Graptopetalum (also from BSN).aerial-back-fern-garden

And because she looks so pretty with the sun illuminating her mossy face…backgarden22017headvase-graptopetalum

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Lastly, an early  visitor in the form of a Giant Swallowtail getting some nectar from the purple oxalis…also, a better view of the squid agave.purpleoxalisgiantswallotail

Also, I recommend you stay away from gardening.  It’s too late for me. Save yourself.

 

 

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