The first of each month I join Heather at Xericstyle to post a wide shot of my garden. While it's fun to focus on the prettiest flowers in the garden the overall impression is what makes a landscape.
The weather has been unseasonably cold here in South Texas with near freezing lows most nights and cloudy days for the past week.
The front view of the garden does not change much throughout the year and that is by design. I planned and planted a scheme that would work with the house to present a consistent face to the street with minimal work.
The yellowing Callicarpa americana leaves are still holding on though the Mockingbirds have taken care of most of the berries. These are among the very few non-evergreen shrubs in the front yard and they are set against the year round silvery green of Eleaegnus which needs a top trim soon.
For December I'm adding another view of the front and it's the view our neighbors and visitors see most often. I love how the Agave ovatifolia repeats the color of the roof and other silvery plants in the garden. The bright pink of Gulf Muhly has subdued a bit and will continue to fade to tan over the winter. The autumn sage has stopped blooming for a few months but will not be cut back until after its spring blooms fade.
Around back we can still see the yellow of Salvia madrensis in the foreground and the bright magenta of Gomphrena 'Fireworks' farther back in the circle garden.
If this cold weather keeps up we will have a killing frost soon so January will tell a different story.