Today we’re heading to Dallas to visit with Cindy Bolz.
You have shown my photos before (Collecting Japanese Maples). My garden is always a work in progress, changing and evolving year after year. I am a Master Gardener, and my garden was scheduled to be on the Dallas County Master Gardener tour this year.
Alas, the tour was canceled because of coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions.
Here are some spring photos from this year. My obsession with Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) continues, and in this first photo the red one is ‘Bloodgood’.
‘Garnet’ is a Japanese maple with red, dissected leaves with a somewhat weeping structure.
The third photo shows a full-moon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ Zones 5–7) that is a beautiful green tree growing only to 8 to 10 feet in height with spectacular large green leaves.
My garden is shady, with a canopy of four large pecan trees, so I do not have lots of flowers requiring sun. Instead, I rely on textures, leaf shapes, and plants that will flower in the shade, like this azalea.
Black-and-blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’, Zones 7–10 or as an annual) will also bloom well in lightly shaded conditions.
This photo shows a ligularia (Ligularia tussilaginea, Zones 7–10), Everillo carex (Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’, Zones 5–9), a Burford holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’, Zones 7–9), hosta, and aspidistra (Aspidistra elatior, Zones 7–11). The light patch is lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4–9).
This final photo shows the yard as I see it from the patio.
I have been grateful for my garden during this era of quarantine, and each day I spend time carrying around my nippers and a five-gallon bucket, tending to the never-ending removal of leaves, twigs, and the fuzzy pecan catkins falling this time of year.
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