Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Foliage 2011

I love the silvery foliage of Dymondia margaretae. It makes a fantastic drought-tolerant, no-mow lawn substitute in frost-free areas.

side garden

It might be the last year for my Trichodesma scottii, it's getting to be a bit big and is overgrowing its neighbors. It has really unusual flowers and is very drought tolerant; maybe I can try cutting it back hard and see if it can deal with that.

trichodesma scotii and agave attenuata

The Puya coerulea is dealing with the shade surprisingly well, I love the Euphorbia characias 'Dwarf' so much this time of year and the Aristea inaequalis and Graptopetalum 'Pinky' make great partners in my parking strip.

puya coeruleaeuphorbia nodeuphorb coming uparistea ineaqualis and graptopetalum pinky

The Geranium maderense 'White' foliage is certainly nice but I sure hope they bloom this year.

geranium maderense white

My Aloe marlothii is certainly prickly. The Leek foliage makes a nice spot of blue in the front, I'm going to let them bloom just for the heck of it. Phlomis aurea never photographs as golden as it really is. The Nasturtiums are starting to pop up here and there. I'm looking forward to adding the flowers to my salads again.

aloe marlothiifront yard veggies etcphlomis aureanasturtiums in rain

I'm glad we saved a spot for all my pots against the old carport door. This area had a roof when we bought the place. We took the roof off to turn the carport into an arbor. It's been nice to have the extra garden space.

carport arbor

Anybody know what the succulent is spilling out of the top container? It's one of my favorites.

mystery succulent

Miss Angelina and Mr. Adolph (Sedum 'Angelina' and Sedum x adolphii) are favorites too. They've become well-loved friends in the garden.

sedum angelinasedum x adolphii

Check out more great foliage this month at Digging!


  1. So this is what small succulents are supposed to look like! They are always a pale shadow of themselves, even at their best, here in Texas, where the summer sun is too hot and the winter chill too deep. Your images are stunning, as always. Thanks for joining in the foliage fest.

  2. I agree with Pam, your images are stunning! Love the repurpose of the carport into an arbor!

  3. Pam, are the succulents puny even in the shade? That always seems to pump mine up here.

    Whimsical Gardener - It was my husband's good idea to transform the carport. I often wish I could lure him to come work with me designing gardens!

  4. Kelly, I love the broad swathe of dymondia fronting all those great complicated leaves. And your "hell strip" looks nothing like any hell strip I've seen, with the sidewalk functioning more like a garden path, plantings on either side that communicate with each other, rather than marooning the hell strip off by itself. Looking forward to seeing blooms too on my gigantic white G. maderense, from Annie's of course.

  5. Succulents definitely do better in the shade here in Austin; otherwise they burn. (I'm not talking about agaves and the bigger succulents, obviously.) But they sure don't ever look like the happy ones I see on the California and PacNW blogs!

  6. You have great looking succulents. I also like the idea of your arbor. I'm glad to have come across your blog.


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