The little white daisies are Erigeron karvinskianus that seed themselves into the cracks in the path.
In the corner opposite the garden room is a bed where I don’t really have a specific colour scheme, which makes a change! It is all looking lovely, always admire how tidy every thing is If only I Could keep mine like it.
What a lovely garden you have Spritzhenry, I live in hope that some day mine just might look a little like yours! Lovely, adore the California poppies and cerinthe together, that was the first two packs of seeds I ever bought, saved seed from them and had them for years, took seeds with me when we moved here 6 years ago, but hubby has habit of tidying out my kitchen drawer (aka junk drawe) and chucked out all my stored seed, only 2 poppies appeared self sown this year, both in paving cracks!!
Your garden is gorgeous and has given me lots of ideas, not that it will ever look as good as this I can still dream!!
I did inherit the garden, but I don't think our predecessors would recognise much of it now. Pride of place used to be given given to the feathery Pampas Grass, but now there is a beautiful Cornus tree with beautifully variegated leaves which is growing slowly and steadily - watch this space! Of course there are Phormiums, an odd assortment of original plants (like red dahlias), and various self seeders - mainly Foxgloves and Lychnis.
My friend Astrid arrived mid-afternoon with a splendid striped knitted apres-gardening jersey. I tried to trick myself that important visitors were coming to my imaginary garden bed and breakfast, and so the immediate gardens around the house and driveway needed to create a good impression. Each evening I would put on flowery scent, clean white shirt and my brand new apres-gardening striped jersey, kindly knitted for me by my gardening friend Astrid.
Then I summoned up courage to go over the water race and look around the gardens over there.
The last weekend of my Easter holiday was happily spent building new dirt paths in the Hump (the raised area between the house and the road, a wide shelter belt of mainly pines and thin straggly gums, plus self-sown Pittosporums and Ake Akes). Now, seven years later, those first agapanthus plants are still there, all leaves and no flowers, while the hebes and cabbage trees have grown huge. Not Your Region?Enter your zip code below to find personalized tips or update your preferences here.
August is a waiting game for central Texas gardeners—waiting for fall rains to arrive, waiting for the muggy blanket of heat to lift and a cool breeze to blow in from the north, waiting for nurseries to fill up with their fall shipments of new plants, waiting for October, the beginning of our best planting season. And before that—just tangled Asian jasmine, purple lantana, and a few scraggly nandinas.
You may think your deck bed is a mess, but I really love the hardscaping and water feature. Jane, my advice to clients is that weed barrier is helpful if you have oak sprouts that want to pop up (although they may not be held back for long by any type of barrier so long as I can tell) or Bermudagrass coming back from the roots.
This is much better sized than before.The planting area has been reduced to two of these boxes. So if you have a total lawn and proposed flower border area that equals 30' wide you can have either a 10' wide flower border at one end of it or two 5' wide flower borders one on each end. Terraced or tiered flower beds come in a few shapes often times curved but sometimes rectangular. The general rule for terraced gardens is no wider than 4 foot.The length is generally no less than 4 foot long. You need to be able to reach the back of the garden without having to kneel or step into it.
Over the years I've removed Pittosporums and re-dug the curves, filling the Island Bed with shrubs and trees that I like.
I've also thought about the seasons, and naturally I've tried to cram in some favourite roses. Just across the lawn from the Island Bed you'll find the Shrubbery, where foliage shrubs nestle behind a small stone wall. If you already have a shrub or tree – let us transform that one small feature into a masterpiece island feature.
It was here that OH took out a very dead Lavatera last month, which I replaced by a Robinia hispida. This is where I had to take out a very poorly Hebe last autumn, which I replaced with an Amelanchier. I have a seat up on the paving outside the gazebo, and if it’s a nice day, I take my lunch up there.
I have an Artemisia arbrotanum and it is very well behaved if it is trimmed back when it gets a bit leggy. The growth in the bed is still quite subdued, owing to the time of year, but everything looks so much smaller in comparison - some might even suggest tidier! I've spent about 5 hours working around the house, sorting out the pots (oops - a few casualties) and clearing gum debris. There is really quite a lot of clearing to do, in every border, and tidying the pots takes so much time I wonder if they are worth it. It's not quite late enough in the season to cut back and cover the beds with their winter blankets of rotted lucerne hay.


Each day I set my alarm as if it were a normal work day, then leapt into gardening trousers and shirt and sat on the patio, with a hot cup of tea and a cat. If I cleared at least three barrowfuls from a certain border I was allowed a quick trip to check out the bargain table.
In fact, on the Monday of the first week I wrote up a set of rose resolutions, inspired by some feisty woman writing in one of my garden books. I felt very guilty, though - perhaps I should have put the poor things in pots with a 'free to good homes' sign at the gate.
No matter the breeding (David Austin, for example, lost quite a few stragglers) or the price (full-price or free, there was no distinction), if I didn't actually like and want the rose, it was history. The Reine des Violettes roses, wich have such a stunning perfume, were bundled into pots for relocation on a fence-line. Shovelfuls of ash from the dearly departed rose pyre and the remains of the rotting lucerne bales were spread over the surface, and then I floated around like a good garden fairy scattering seeds of variegated white honesty over the top. I've raked wet leaves in the drizzle, sat with Big Fat Sifter in the sun, and dreamed about expanding, doing better, gardening smarter. Between showers I went out to look at the sodden garden and pull a few weeds from the softened decomposed granite, and I snapped these pics to remind myself of how much everything has grown this summer, even though at this point in summer the plants don’t look their best.
Now it’s a lawn-gone garden, and in another month or so the salvias and grasses will burst into fall bloom. But the plant I get asked about by every person who stops to look at the garden is the silver-blue gopher plant (Euphorbia rigida). Easy-care, certainly, and nothing wrong with that, but it was not going to satisfy this plant-a-holic. It was news to me that you must wait for fall in the Pacific NW, but waiting for fall rains is what we do as well.
I succumbed to plant lust the other day and bought a few new grasses and other plants, but I won’t be planting them until it cools off into the 80s on a regular basis. However, it will NOT prevent weeds from germinating in the top several inches of gravel, as you found out. I'm Pam Penick, a dirt-under-my-nails, hoping-for-rain, spiky-plant lover gardening under the Death Star in Austin, Texas (zone 8b).
It would take more plants to fill it than we wanted to purchase and even filled with plants it would have been hard to maintain.
This would seem rather small to me as I don't like to go less than 4' wide on border plantings. So play around with various sizes until you get one that fits your style and maintenace schedule.
If you plan on putting a 15' tall tree in the bed a 45' long flower garden might be too large for you.
I can grow aggressive plants in them without too much worry about them getting out of hand. Early days saw it planted with rough trees and a huge pampas grass - red dahlias popped up here, there, and everywhere in the gaps. I've tried to have something interesting from every vantage point on the house lawn, and particularly from the bay window in the house.
Of course there are more roses in here, like my much loved Madame Leonie de Viennot, who finds it very difficult to restrain herself. Another favourite area…to get to the back of it there are flights of steps at each end. I still have to decide how much raking of gum leaves I'm prepared to do on the house lawns. Here lives a sensible, caring gardener, quirky but honest, not afraid to get her fingernails dirty. Imagine the labels though - 'straggly dull pink rose, scruffy, black spot guaranteed' - no-one would have wanted them.
The Golden Celebrations ditto - they are going to be treated properly next summer, like the small climbers they are.
I had forgotten how much I liked it in here, with the waves of green foliage surrounding the strong and strangely leaning tree trunks. Things weren't too bad (the thuggish Golden Hop was beginning to die off), and there weren't too many weeds to destroy the ambience. Pictured above is my neighbor’s streetside garden, which I designed and planted to blend with mine. At first it was a dumping ground for many of the sun-loving plants I brought with me from my previous garden. Here's where I share all the gardening goodness I can dig up, not just in Austin but wherever I go.
Once considered weeds, they’re now treasured by …Read More ┬╗My new book is here!
Standing on the slope to work was getting harder and harder the older I was getting!So as much as I wanted this to be one huge garden area it had to be downsized to something more appropriate. In that case you can use a garden hose to try various widths and shapes until you find on that works for you.


Bigger flower beds require a lot more maintenance than smaller ones.When you have your garden size figured out, you will want to read about color in the garden.
Add the odd red tulip and patches of blue Muscari for spring interest, and that was about that.
There have been a lot of dry winds while I've been away and one of the Wattles has come down over Rooster Bridge.
One of the joys of this month is the near lack of wind, the calmness and mildness of the air outside. One day I grabbed 5 planter bags of what looks suspiciously weedy - they were actually purple leaved Plantain - described on the label as a bog plant. I raked around the Wattle Tree Garden seat in its sea of Renga Renga, and made plans for a gentle winding trickling stream to flow through here.
The Wattle tree which had blown down on Rooster Bridge took several long hours to clear and burn. But first I need to have a retaining wall built up by the house, and that’ll have to wait for a while.
Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) will add purple flower spikes on the right in another month. I’m waiting till the rains return to plant, and right now, just doing lots of planning and research. After putting in 4 inches of crushed granite in my back yard to extend the patio and solve the problem of grass-won’t-grow here, I see that weeds grow in the granite, not from under the granite.
So I don’t generally advise spending the money on weedblock unless you have oak sprouts or are covering an area formerly infested with Bermudagrass.
Plus Digging is up for BHG Blogger AwardAfter two years in the making, my new book is released today! Anything less than 6' wide will probably not work well in most situations involving island beds. Two gnomes sit on a huge old tree stump and act as guardians of this leafy, peaceful place.
Let us design a new island garden bed in that space and frame it with your choice of decorative edge. It lived by the gate beside a rowan tree and passersby squeezed the foliage to release the scent.
As usual, I faithfully record every moment of self-realisation, every good intention, every deign inspiration.
Lucky that I went over there, because the rhododendrons were sulking - their beds had dried out badly.
I also remember spending a lot of time sitting on the garden bench facing the Cercis Forest Pansy listening to the sounds of the water race. I have been semi-frugal in the plant sales, and have resisting two mail-order catalogues completely.
Also my neighbor put in a beautiful brick walk way and used the tan weed barrier and he has supper weeds! The transformation can be done in one day with a continuously formed decorative concrete border surrounding the planting bed.
But then (oops) I have a computer glitch - so I end up writing an efficient summary of my Easter activities in the garden from memory. As I look out the house windows I can see a lot of pink roses in flower - how strange - and the lawns are littered with gum tree leaves. Here a new project was clearly visible - I wished I could work out how to clear the opposite bank of (dead) long grass. But the mishmash of flowering perennials and a few holding-bed agaves behind the yuccas is just a mess. We have a wide choice of color combinations to suit your landscape and the border can be contoured and shaped to suit any layout.
I like to check in with my diary at such times, to record my feelings of anticipation on the first holiday day. I spent far too much on a group of hostas and heucheras, and bought two 'Gold Spike' flaxes.
Funny how there's always some garden feature which can lie low and invisible for weeks and suddenly totally ruin the picture.
I think I’m going to move all those this fall and plant a curving line of yellow-green bamboo muhly to echo the yuccas. I actually don't know how I will approach today - maybe I'll just wander around and potter. I think maybe we all have at least one area that is kind of an orphan bed, that we don’t know what to do with.




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