Despite a crazy weather year with records set on every front– high and low, dry and wet — my garden is valiantly springing back to life. Homestead Purple Verbena has never looked so vibrant.
Some bulbs returned from last year, and I planted many new ones last fall. It’s a bulb-fest!
I adore the newly-tried combo of the daffodils against the springtime-new burgundy leaves of the Laropetalum (Chinese Fringe Flower) below:
Another combo I’m really enjoying is the Homestead Purple Verbena with Powis Castle Artemesia: (in the foreground of the photo, you’ll see a native Moss Verbena snuck in the picture, too)
Amethyst Flame Iris, a steadfast passalong from Digging, got a drink of rainwater:
I miss childhood images of lush southern gardens from my hometown in North Texas, so last month I used a stock tank to create my version of it. I filled the large container with acidified soil for some Encore Azaleas and other acid-loving plants to be added later. I planted two, and the second isn’t fully blooming yet. I hope to create a corner of lushness in my otherwise mostly-native drought resistant garden.
While many of my perennials are still playing the “Dead or Dormant” game, it’s good to see that bulbs and tough natives are as hardy as ever.
Come visit me again soon; I have some images of mystery volunteer plants that I need help with IDs! I’ll post it in a few days.