The area due for an overhaul is by the side entrance. A flowering senna tree seeded here, along with a vitex. Last year we pulled out the vitex and David was ready to say goodbye to the senna too. "Not until we come up with a plan for the area," was my cry. So 17 of Austin's garden blogging community collected by the steps and threw out ideas for a garden makeover.
After refreshments they set to work sketching their ideas on paper. I think everyone was in agreement that the tree should 'go' and the area should be planted with structural plants. The idea being to create a clean sharp planting to match the simple lines. One suggestion was for a rectangular water feature built using masonry blocks. I think that this would look lovely too but might be more maintenance than we have time for. I had thought of a tank in this area but there was little enthusiasm for this idea.
Thank you to our garden bloggers' group who visited today. Philip, Eastside patch, Bob, DracoGardens, Robin, GetGrounded, Pam, Digging, Katina, Gardening in Austin, Michele, Wabi-Sabi-Home and garden Caroline, The ShovelReady Garden, Ronnie, The Lazy Shady Gardener, Amy, Go Away I'm Gardening, Daphne, Chris, The Running gardener, Bonnie, Kiss of Sun, Ellie,Mostly Weeds, Lori, The Gardener of Good and Evil, Melissa, Zanthan Gardens, Meredith, GreatStems. And thanks to our other visitors who joined the group today.
Bob, the planter is simply gorgeous. I think it will be perfect for succulents. I look forward to seeing more of your work.