Friday, April 3, 2020


The front courtyard garden is blooming with Texas native wildflowers and has entered its most floriferous season. Using short season wildflowers in the landscape requires some structural specimens as well as hardscape. We are fortunate to have some great agaves that do the job well.

Under the whales tongue agave, A. ovatifolia, the once blooming flowers of Tulipa hummilis, have been replaced by flowering purple skullcap, Scutellaria wrightii, and yellow blooming square bud primrose, Calylophus berlandieri. The skull caps will bloom all summer if given a trim back after flowering.

And on the other side beyond the Mexican feather grass is the damianita, Chrysactinia mexicana with its aromatic, fine-leaved shrubby foliage.

Of course the bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, being an annual will soon be gone but the accompanying blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum, will bloom all summer and will be at their best in the fall.

Blackfoot daisy
The claret cup cactus flower, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, is one of my favorite. The flower is longer lasting than many cactus flowers.

In a shady corner, and there aren't many in this garden, baby blue eyes, Nemophila phaceliodes.

A few seeds gathered from some flowers on an unbuilt lot and I now have several clumps of Barbara's buttons, Marshallia caespitosa. They are perennial but when summer comes the foliage dies back only to appear again in late winter.

Lyre leaf sage, Salvia lyrata, pops up all over the garden and would make a great ground cover with its attractively pattered leaves.

One of my favorite places to sit in the garden is in the breezeway between the garage and house There I can enjoy the view of this part of the garden with flowers and bubbling water feature. Yesterday I watched the wrens flying back and forward building a nest in-between the pots on the top shelf of the cactus theater.

Such messy builders but such fun to watch.

I hope you are enjoying spring in your garden wherever you are.


  1. So lovely! Your bluebonnets make me very happy, and I love your portrait with them. One April, I will get down there to see this phenomenon!

  2. You do wildflowers beautifully, Jenny. There are wild lupine here too but I've never been able to get them to settle down and stay awhile in my garden. I planted Salvia lyrata 'Purple Volcano' in my garden last year and was surprised to find some of its's still here. I'll have to see if I can find that lovely blue variety.

  3. Thank you. I love seeing your garden. The best part about Barbara's buttons is the way they smell! They also present a perfect pedestal for photographing butterflies.

  4. A lovely sanctuary to hang out in. Love the blue and yellow combinations.

  5. Beautiful combinations. I’m sure seeing all that growth is restorative.

  6. gorgeous as always...especially love the quail covey! (also don't believe that you EVER sit and enjoy the view: to keep things so beautiful you must be working non-stop 24/7! ;)

  7. The bold Agaves and stones make a great contrast for the dainty ephemerals. You really know how to design a space.

  8. So reassuring to watch your garden unfold this spring in its own inimitable style! I learn so much about Texas native plants from you, Jenny.

  9. I love seeing your wildflowers. So different and so alike to Oklahoma in many ways. Baby blue eyes is blooming in my upper pasture right now, and it's been a source of real pleasure when I walk up there. I planted the entire upper pasture in wildflowers last fall. We shall see how it does. I love the little wrens. One always builds its nest above my garage. I don't know why. Virtual hugs from Oklahoma.~~Dee


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