Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What I planted in the front yard

I've hardly any time to post today, but I'm determined to post every day for at least two weeks, so here's a quick review of the twigs I planted in the new garden where the front lawn used to be:

Salvia roemeriana (Cedar Sage)
Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Scirpus cernus (Fiber Optic Grass)
Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf Coast Muhly)
Carex albula (Frosty Curls Sedge)
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple Fountain Grass)
Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot Daisy)
Dietes iridioides (Butterfly Iris)
Lantana montevidensis (Trailing Lantana) "Pot 'O Gold" and "Purple"
Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue Agave -- huge splurge!)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - UGH! Can't find the marker. Will update when I do. It's a double hibicus in a salmon/coral color.
Rosa x 'Meipotal' PP8841 (Carefree Delight TM)
Salvia × sylvestris "Mainacht" (May Night Salvia)
Monarda pringle (Pringle's Bee Balm)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear)
Buddleja hybrid (Orange Butterfly Bush)
Asclepias curassavica (Butterflyweed) Mislabeled as A. tuberosa
Nemesia fruticans (Nemesia-pink and purple hybrids)
Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage-red & white)
Salvia coccinea (Coral Nymph Sage)
Penstemon baccharifolius (Rock Penstemon)
Evolvulus glomeratus (Blue Daze)
Salvia farinacea Mealy Blue Sage
Salvia x. 'Indigo Spires' (Indigo Spires Sage)
Agapanthus africanus `Albus`
Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldsturm" (Goldstorm Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan)
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giants'
Tetraneuris scaposa (Four Nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys)

Sounds like a lot, huh? It IS a lot, when you consider how ginormous some of these plants can get. In two years, I won't be able to walk through it all to get through the front door. But right now, it looks like a silly bunch of sprouts.


  1. Holy crap! That's a lot of stuff!

  2. Oh wow, those are some pretty plants you picked out!

    The hibiscus and purple fountain grass might not make it through the winter - they're iffy. And the black eyed susan is a "short lived" perennial. I'm not sure what that means exactly but I read it in a catalog recently. So through attrition, you might wind up with the right amount and possibly bought the right number. Plants are fickle sometimes.

    Anyway! I love your choice of plants. I'm sure they'll look absolutely GORGEOUS come SUPER SUMMER.

  3. Susie, I'll post a picture soon -- you won't believe how PUNY all those plants look in a 50' x 30' yard! Of course I bought the 99 cent version of everything -- I thought, why buy the $6.99 gallon pot when the 99 cent twig will be five times larger than the gallon pot in a year? After planting everything, I couldn't help but think how much better it'd look NOW if I'd gotten bigger plants (but it would have cost a fortune).

    RedHead--I admit it, the hibiscus was an impulse buy. One of the few things I had limited success with in Houston was a gorgeous frilly double peach hibiscus. Of course, Houston is warmer, more humid, gets more rain...oh well. Jack picked out the purple fountain grass--he did sooo much work on the stone work, I just didn't have it in me to talk him out of it. Maybe the black-eyed Susan will re-seed? Hope springs eternal!

  4. All I can say is Wow! Your front yard project was really a huge endeavor. It's gonna look great once it's established.

  5. There are perennial hibiscus that are naturalized to our area - Texas Star and Dixie Belle come to mind. The Dixie Belle flower get as big as dinner plates and are just stunning.

  6. Part of the fun of gardening is anticipating what it will look like as the garden matures. When I look at a new bed, I see it half as it is, but in my mind I see the lush future growth. It will be interesting to take before, during and after pictures as it develops. Grow little plugs!

  7. You are inspiring me to go play with my plants now-whoops- it's dark outside now.