You may have seen the recent news out of New York, from the Westminster Dog show:
Segue to a glorious winter day in Austin, TX, last week. A friend and I were walking downtown, enjoying the 75 degree weather and admiring the sights. Much to my surprise, we came upon Malachy outside one of the new buildings near the second street district:
Wait, my mistake. That’s not Malachy, though I’ll bet you can see why I was confused. That’s smartly planted Mexican Feathergrass in a gorgeous planting softening the foundation of a commercial building.
Though the bloom shown above in mid-February isn’t typical, this combo of Little John Bottlebrush with Mexican Feathergrass is striking and creative.
Throughout downtown and newer commercial areas throughout Austin, drought-and-heat-tolerant plantings are replacing flowering annuals that just can’t make it here without huge amounts of water. While I do miss flowers, these types of displays soften the sharp modern edges of buildings and are certainly a smarter choice.
And this gorgeous nearby display of “Dianella” Variegated Flax Lily combined with blooming purple sage and bamboo muhly in the background can make me forget about pansies and mums. You can see the dining chairs of the W Hotel in the background; a modern Austin scene.
I’m joining in this month’s Foliage Follow Up with Pam at Digging. Thanks, Pam!