Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Front Yard Flower Bed

I was approached by a neighbor who was interested in adding some curb appeal to her front flower bed.  Some of the requirements were:

1.  Easy to care for - comes back every year.
2.  Low water - drought tolerant plants.
3. To use the plants she already had.
4.  Grasses

All this on a tight budget. 

Pulling the colors from the stone and the brick.  And working with Lowe's "clearance".  I came up with the following...

6 - Purple Fountain Grass
2 - Orange Bulbine
 (divided two containers to make six plants)
2 - Gold Dust Crotons 
(divided into 3 plants)
3 - Sweet Broom
3 - Golden Shrub Daisies
1 - Indian Blanket
18 - Angelonia
1 - Philodendron
3 - Apricot Twist Wallflower
2 - Petunias (thanks to my 5 year old)
Can you believe that all that was less than $70!!!!
I chose the purple fountain grass which really plays off the light stone and accents the dark brick.
The mostly yellow and orange plants where chosen for the same reason, to play off the orange in the stone.  The angelonia, petunias and celosia were added for annual color until the perennials have had a chance to fill in.   The croton and philodendron are a little tender in Central Texas therefore by planting them close to the home they can absorb some the heat in the winter and can quickly and easily be covered before a hard freeze. 
The celosia were a mother's day gift to the homeowner and she asked it be incorporated near the walk.  I divided the larger container into three smaller plants to balance the fiery color. 
The far corner of the bed had a boxwood that had died during a recent drought and I have recommended it be replaced.  The lawn is scheduled to be mowed and trimmed.  A light dusting of mulch to top it off might be a good esthetic addition however it isn't necessary because it was heavily mulched to begin with. 
A lot people buy annuals because of the color and because often they seem less expensive up front.  The most expensive part of this "make over" was the annuals which give it a pop of color. 
This was a super fun project because of the challenge the budget presented. 
I can't wait for it to fill in.

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