We'll begin in the front where there haven't been many changes this year. A little different view than I typically show is this approach from the front of the house out to the street. Yes, that's a lot of concrete. Concretious Americanus is very cold-hardy and was installed by the original owner who is also a contractor.
Pink Muhly along the drive has bloomed out beautifully. No surprise it's sometimes referred to as Cotton Candy Plant.
The muhly makes a colorful backdrop for the Autumn sage (Salvia greggii) which despite its name blooms through three seasons of the year.
The view from the south approach along the street.
One muhly plant has a more tawny color, and I like the color but may move it in the spring to the back garden. The newly planted muhly grasses have a few small blooms and should show off a 100' pink wave all the way to the garage next year. That's the plan at least.
The garage corner is looking good.
The streetside planting continues to fill in.
The volunteer pennisetum and the lopsided column cactus has sprouted just one arm where there should be a ring of them by now.
Color Guard Yucca grabs the first rays of morning light.
The self-seeded pennisetum from the neighbors yard is waving good morning too.
The agave bed at the corner of the front walk where it meets the driveway went through several experimental versions over the summer. This is how it will stay for a while.
The asters planted as seedlings two years ago are growing into nice mounds of blooms.
The Elaeagnus is blooming and the entire yard is filled with a fragrance exactly like those cinnamon pine cones available everywhere during the holidays. Such tiny flowers with a beautiful scent.
Not much has changed on the north side of the yard.
Those big rocks have kept the deer away from the palm tree this year. Deer don't like to stick their necks out too far.
It's all good.
More posts on the process of landscaping our front yard, including plenty of "before" photos can be found here and here.