My Plans for the Front Garden
Now that my courtyard garden is filling in, I can focus on achieving a more harmonious look be cutting down on the hodge podge variety (I'm looking at you, bromeliad collection) and including more of the shrubs and groundcovers that are repeated throughout the garden.
For example, the lady palm has performed admirably and also does a wonderful job of creating that Balinese courtyard garden look, so I'll be adding another one. Actually indoor lady palm has been suffering from our tapwater's high mineral content, so it deserves to be let free outdoors. This specimen will be added to the corner, to lend a bit of height where it's needed most.
I figure that goldmoss sedum is an ideal candidate for planting in pockets throughout the garden as a repeating element since it easily fills in the gaps between plants, looking like a carpet of chartreuse moss. Below is a shot of some sedum returning from the ground.
The area I really hope to work on this spring is the spot that has been the most neglected. Ironically it's also to the right of the house's entry! Those schillings dwarf hollies have irritated me to no end. The landscapers keep pruning them into these obnoxious little tuffets! I actually really like this dwarf form of yaupon holly, but not when treated like this... I was going to get rid of them, but have instead decided to strengthen the planting scheme and hope that my parent's landscapers eventually let them fill in.
So here's what I have planned! I want to continue the impression of a meandering stream from the rain garden on the other side of the sidewalk. I'll be using bulbous perennials such as agapanthus, blood lily, pineapple lily and others that exhibit a fountain like form.There will be another 'stream' of white rocks down the middle of the bed where water will collect and be absorbed by the plant's roots. I'm going for a 'jungle stream' look... any suggestions?