Island, as in the bed between the circular drive, and the street.
Not exactly the most welcoming place around.
All that brown stuff is Vinca Minor...ground cover that has never looked all that good.
The old, rotten railroad ties had to go.
There needed to be some interest, for the first thing people see when they arrive.
So, all that ugly stuff was voted off the Island!
So...we had the vinca removed. And, then we had a ton...literally...of
chopped stone delivered.
And soon, things were looking better.
We hauled around some big stones, and built up a mound
with decomposed granite and soil.
In went the Yucca rostrata I got with my gift certificate
from Shoal Creek Nursery.
We put down some stepping stones to the birdbath.
Takes up room AND doesn't need to be watered.
So now, this view from the front porch, is transformed....
From the street...
You get this.
At the south end...
...we put in a cold hardy palm.
The Salvia greggii, Hot Lips, went in the front...more will be added.
An Artemisia Powis Castle, was moved from another area.
Agave lophanthas were moved in, too.
I'm thinking more plants will go in next spring....
some grasses, maybe?
The palm gets tucked in under blankets each night.
Cold hardy or not...it hasn't been in the ground very long.
And, we've had lows in the 20s for several nights now.
Since the leaves on those Cedar Elms are finished falling,
we'll be putting down mulch soon.
Then, we need to get started on this. Another welcoming bed for the front.
It's the Never Ending Story...