For me, springtime is the most active time in the garden. There’s winter cleanup to do, removing plants that either died or don’t look good in a certain spot any more, buying new plants, and in general doing what I can to make the space as beautiful as possible.
Summers in our climate are very hot and like many people, I don’t feel like doing too much work outside. A little nipping here and there is OK, but nothing major. Mostly, I just sit back and actually enjoy the garden.
While our garden continues to be a work in progress and there’s lot that remains to be done, I’m quite happy with how things look in our 8000 sq.ft. suburban lot (less than half of which is in the backyard).
|Container garden under the bay trees|
|Lion’s tail (Leonotis leonurus), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’), and Black and Blue sage (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue') in bloom|
|Potted bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea ‘Koi’) and giant farfugium (Farfugium japonicum ‘Giganteum’) in the corner|
Indocalamus tessellatus in one of our stock tanks. This running bamboo (well contained here) supposedly has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation in the U.S. In another year it will look awesome in this spot.
|Chinese walking stick bamboo (Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda) on the left and Rufa bamboo (Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa') on the right, with potted farfugiums, liriope and Meyer’s asparagus fern in the foreground|
|Rufa bamboo (Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa') on the left, leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’) on the right. Both are in pots.|