Carol's lawn-turned-garden in Texas (12 photos)comments (27) October 30th, 2013 in blogs
Today's photos are from Carol Doersom in Texas. She says, "I look forward to this daily email and seeing all these gardens. I finally got out to take some photos of my own. Because of the plants I've selected things seem to look better in the fall than any other time of year.
During the past twelve years, the small lot I live on has evolved from edge-to-edge St. Augustine grass to mostly flower beds. I started with a plan, but haven't followed it very closely. It's more fun just stuffing things in wherever there's room. I move plants around a lot, too, until either they're happy or they die. Planting beds have been added as chinch bugs and drought kill off areas of grass. My big project this year was laying stones to make a terrace on one side of the front yard.
I use mostly natives and drought tolerant plants. 'Country Girl' chrysanthemum, purple aster, Salvia leucantha, and plumbago are the stand-outs this time of year . . . with coral vine scampering over everything it can reach. I don't have much luck growing food, but did buy a 'Carnavale' apple recently that I'm espaliering on the back fence. A fig tree has just replaced a persimmon that didn't make it through the summer." Wow, Carol, what an incredible fall garden! We DEFINITELY need to see pics from other times of the year. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
**** The push is still on--get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I'll be eternally grateful.... Email them to GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks! ****
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