The Challenges dealing with drought and dogs, trying to create a garden sanctuary. The goal is a lush and full garden with minimal maintenance and water needs. Oh almost forgot, one thats dogproof as well.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I don't like yellow flowers, but I am drawn to them, buy them and plant them in my garden. They are cheerful, yet clash with the overall look I am going for.
Hereare some of my Yellers.. and WHY they deserve a place in my garden.
Daffodils...It wouldn't be spring without them. Cheerful sunny faces smiling at you promising warmer temperatures and SPRING. Every morning in early spring I rush out in the garden to see if any new ones opened. They bring happiness and warmth, and WHO doesn't like them.
This year I also got yellow pansies and violas, as well as some short yellow snapdragons. These are not necessary. Actually in retrospect, I wish I had gotten different colors.....
DAYLILIES...they have the same cheerfulness as Daffs. At least I do a daily morning walk to see if I have any new blooms. I have regular daylilies as well as Butterfly Iris Dietes bicolor....Also pale yellow, and their flowers also last only one day. Until I learned the correct name, I called them Funky daylilies. I love the texture of the foliage..flowers are just a bonus.
Canna...First plants I ever planted in the garden. Right after we moved in I bought one of every bag of summer bulbs at Home Depot...The only one surviving were these yellow cannas... Now, they can be found all over the country as I have shared plenty...and all around the garden. The bright green tropical leaves provides nice texture...and they just have sentimental value
Esperanza/Tecoma stans -Small deciduous tree, blooms NON STOP all summer long. Regardless of how high the temperatures get and how little rain. I don't think I ever watered it all summer long in 09, and it was the star attraction of the front yard.
Bulbine... I mostly grow it for the foliage. Great year round structural plant Spiky medium dark green, about a foot tall. Get spiky flowers.