This week we are very busy in the garden preparing it for summer. Even though the calendar will turn to spring soon we are due to hit 90F/32C by Monday and that means summer weather. Our spring is typically short because our winter weather is spring-like compared to many parts of the country.
Spring foliage is special for the fresh green color of newly emerging foliage like this fig tree. The fig is a breva fig formed on old wood which usually falls off as the new crop forms on new stems.
Earlier this year I moved two planters from the deck to the front of the garage where they've been empty for a while. This week I planted two False Agave 'Flamingo Glow' in them for the summer. Eventually I'd like to find some taller planters for this spot but these work well for now and certainly are better than the very small ones I had here for a while.
I'm not sure why these plants are called 'Flamingo Glow' but they might get a violet tint like many variegated plants. We'll see what happens. The Nolina texana I purchased on my recent trip to Austin were added so the soft foliage will eventually drape over the front. These face southeast and will get plenty of sun while being shaded from the harshest late afternoon death rays.
False agaves are borderline hardy in my zone so I may need to move them in during the winter months which are a long way away now.
That's it for March 2013 Foliage Follow-up. Be sure to head over Digging to see photos from Pam's trip to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and foliage from lots of other garden bloggers too.