These grasses were planted along the driveway to help slow water runoff. Some of the grasses have done very well, others, not so much. I love the no care attitude with these grasses. I have a soaker hose that sits on the top of the ridge where I have some trees and shrubs planted, but these grasses are on their own, subject to whatever Mother Nature has to offer.
Another native grass I have in the yard is Panicum virgatum, 'Dallas Blues'. The idea initially was to put this blue grass along the side of the yard where I have Callitropsis glabra 'Blue Ice' and Cupressus arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire', repeating the blue color. Well, as you can see in the photo below, it got lost.
I decided to move them from along the right side of the yard to the left side, up on the ridge. We had a tree go down last year, almost on the property line. It doesn't bother me so I am leaving it down. There had been a redtwig dogwood shrub in this open spot, it didn't do well (that is code for it died).
Adding the three blue Panicum was a good idea, they will do well with minimal care....less water needs than the shrub. Here they stand out better, showing off their great blue color.
Also along the driveway, closer to the Bluestem grasses, is a little gully. In that gully is where I found the Cranefly Orchid, Tipularia discolor, growing a couple years ago. I looked for the blooms this fall, none were found. I thought perhaps the plant had disappeared, but look what I found the other day.
Some more happy findings-- my Snail flower Vigna cararalla is blooming, oh so fragrant!! I got this plant from Julie at Growing Days. It took so long for it to bloom, I thought it may never happen. So happy it bloomed!! It is an heirloom vine, seeds from Monticello, a lovely vine grown by Jefferson. It is a tender perennial in the South, crossing my fingers it makes it through the winter for another year!!
The cooler temperatures have spurred my Janet rose to bloom again. Love the hint of yellow/coral in the center of this delicate pink bloom.
The buds are so pale pink with a hint of peachy yellow.
Wonder how long I will continue to have blooms? Wow.
The Gerbera daisies are coming back into bloom again. Really had wanted red ones, these are more tomato soup red.
Finally, the Coca-cola box I got from my mom is planted with succulents and ajuga, making a nice addition to the area where my planted Croc is . It is really dry in this area and there are some tunnels -- voles? Maybe, who knows, but they do leave the Euphorbia alone. This is Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'.
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