Six red flowering yuccas (hesperaloe parviflora) were planted near the garage nearly 20 years ago. They were definitely pretty when in bloom as shown here in Spring 2010
But the deer often snapped off the blooms and I thought they looked boring much of the year
Somewhat like the H-E-B parking lot
Not a bad choice for the local shopping center, but not so good for a color loving gardener like me. One of my favorite things about San Antonio is how colorful everything is and I enjoy bringing that home. Definitely time for some changes.
The south facing spot gets maximum sun exposure and plenty of reflected heat so anything here needs to be tough. In the spring of 2010 we planted gold lantana in front. Last fall we added Mexican Bird of Paradise (caeselpinia mexicana), Pride of Barbados (caeselpinia pulcherima) and a lantana camara found growing wild nearby
A gardening friend shared a native Velvet pod mimosa (Mimosa dyscarpa) which will eventually grow up about six feet against the stone wall.
One of the large red yuccas has been transplanted to the back yard and the others will be divided and planted along side the driveway in the near future.
As always around here there's more work to do. Two more gold lantanas will be added in front of the agave. The old landscaper's border will be pulled out.
I think the new mix looks great and will be more attractive as everything matures. You're not less disciplined for desiring more variety--quite the contrary. It looks great.ReplyDelete
Thank you Tina! I've been reading so much about mass planting lately and rethinking some of my decisions that it really helps to have positive feedback.ReplyDelete
I like your deletion of some of the Red Yucca and adding an Whale Tongue Agave. And thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Based on you saying about SA, "how colorful everything is and I enjoy bringing that home", I might suggest unifying that scene with more color. You could add some more lantana either side of the one you have in the corner - a couple between it and the red yucca along the sidewalk, and one next to it towards the garage door.
Thanks David, I really appreciate your input. More gold lantana was already in the plan but I'll add even more. Right now gold lantana is lighting up my neighborhood and many places around town. Great fall color, South Texas style.ReplyDelete
shirley, I love the new bed - great design! I love looking at before/after pics :)ReplyDelete
Hi meriberi and thanks. I have plenty of befores, the afters are mostly still WIP since planting even a 4" pot requires serious rock removal and we are also renovating the inside of the house at the same time!ReplyDelete
Funny that you threw in the HEB photo. Dang those red yuccas are just ridiculously tolerant... and yours look so healthy despite their challenging location, AND they're 20 year old?! But, yes, not so colorful if that is your aim.ReplyDelete
I'm digging the structure, wide-leaf contrast and color of your Whale's Tongue agave..that's a pretty one.
Thanks, Cyndi. It's good to get so much confirmation I'm on the right track here.ReplyDelete
Now all I need is patience to wait for it to fill in.
It looks good.ReplyDelete
I like red yucca, but the deer eat the blooms here. So, the structure of the foliage is all we get. Still, I like it. And, that lantana...beautiful.
I'm waiting for the groundcover to be dug out in our front. Then, I'm planting water-wise plants. This summer was too hard on even moderate water-users.
I keep learning more about the difference between here and the DFW area, where I grew up gardening.
After reading your blog, I kept noticing red yuccas when I was driving around yesterday, looking at what they were paired with for color that worked….have you thought about golden barrels in that front bed – they’d give continuous color in the winter when the lantana fades. FYI, the deer ate the blooms off my MX bird of paradise and I had to move them to the back....but I had really wanted that plant in the front...I have some seriously hungry deer.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cyndi, I had been looking for ideas to give more winter interest and that's a really good possiblity. I liked the agave parryi I saw on CTG last week, but the color of the golden barrels would make even more impact and add simpler geometry.ReplyDelete
The deer have nibbled on my MX Bird of Pardise flowers, but I think when they get bigger it won't be a problem. Many of my neighbors have very large ones within easy reach of deer and the flowers stayed on and were spectacular this year.
That looks so much nicer, Shirley! I always adore 'Whale's Tongue' agave, as you know (thanks for the link love), and it makes a good focal point for that space--even more so as it grows larger. The red yuccas are tough, but they aren't great focal point plants, as you found. The lantana really pops against all of it.ReplyDelete
Thank you for such positive comments Pam. The Whale's Tongue 3 gal. was the largest we could find locally. It's growing quite quickly since we give it a dose of water now and then.ReplyDelete
I truly did get inspired by 'Moby' so the link back is only natural. I'll plan a post on how I found your blog initially at some point.