Survivors in Sharon’s Dallas Backyard

Hello GPODers! Right now we’re in Sharon Holmes’ Dallas backyard that faces its fair proportion of obstacles and difficult situations. Regardless of punishing climate, clay soil, and a complete host of wildlife and bugs that go to her backyard, there are many vegetation which have survived and even thrived.

I’ve been gardening at my house in east Dallas Texas for 29 years, though I’m undecided the primary 5 actually matter as something however onerous classes. I’m submitting views of my entrance backyard in April, Might, and now June. And some vignettes of combos that got here out good this yr.

Dallas has its personal concepts of what is going to develop right here as a Zone 8b, and my main backyard struggles are with clay soil, extreme warmth, and limitless bugs. This yr has been exceptionally moist, with a number of violent storms. The final one left us with out energy for six days, and downed bushes all around the metropolis.

My ambition is to have one thing attention-grabbing happening in my backyard from spring to winter. We reside on a parkway with a dry creek and many tall pecan and oaks. We get a number of critters—possums, raccoons, squirrels, coyotes, cottontails, and an occasional bobcat. The chook record is lengthy. We’ve misplaced most of our yard bushes to storms through the years, however the entrance has a big jap crimson cedar (Juniperus virginiana, Zones 2–9) and a ginormous southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 2–9) which have survived all of it.

front yard garden in early springEarly April below the cedar. The daffodils have completed, the grass beginning to inexperienced. Flirt™ nandina (Nandina domestica ‘Murasaki’, Zones 6–10) has nice crimson spring shade, Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica, Zones 3–8) are scattered, as is ‘Might Night time’ salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘Might Night time’, Zones 4–8). The ‘Texas Gold’ columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana ‘Texas Gold’, Zones 3–8) has began blooming, and the ‘Pistachio’ heucheras (Heuchera ‘Fairly Pistachio’, Zones 4–9) are a brilliant spot below the cedar.

front yard garden in maySimilar space in Might. ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Zones 3–9), ‘Casa Blanca’ lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’, Zones 4–9), coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, Zones 3–8), ‘Completely happy Days’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Completely happy Days’, Zones 3–9), 2 totally different coreopsis, and an ‘Edward Goucher’ abelia (Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’, Zones 6–9).

front yard garden in juneSimilar space in June. ‘Annabelle’ obtained whacked by the storm, damaged tree limbs nonetheless on the parkway. ‘Midnight Marvel’ hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’, Zones 4–9), a rouge phlox descendant of ‘David’ (Phlox paniculata ‘David’, Zones 4–8).

garden under a tree with green and yellow plantsApril close to the bench. ‘Annabell’ is leafing out, leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum, Zones 7–10), variegated Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum falcatum ‘Variegatum’, Zones 4–8), golden alexander (Zizia aurea, Zones 3–8), ‘Pistachio’ heuchera, and ‘Texas Gold’ columbine.

Annabell hydrangea with casa blanca lilies‘Annabell’, ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies, Henryi St John’s wort (Hypericum henryi ssp. uraloides, Zones 5–9), and ‘Midnight Marvel’ foliage. Pink yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora, Zones 5–10), coneflowers, and mealy sage (Salvia farinacea, Zones 8–10) on the hellstrip.

large southern magnolia treeThe magnolia, wooden fern and inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium, Zones 5–9) battle it out beneath this man.

small garden bed covered in magnolia leavesTwo years again I cleared out some unhappy burford hollies (Ilex cornuta, Zones 7–9) below the magnolia. dwarf oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9), St. John’s wort, ‘Sea Coronary heart’ brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Sea Coronary heart’, Zones 3–9), ‘Pistachio’ heuchera, Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha® hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata ‘SMNHSDD’ TUFF STUFF AH-HA, Zones 5–9), and an older ‘Carissa’ holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’, Zones 7–9), and magnolia leaves. So. Many. Magnolia. Leaves.

Thanks for sharing your backyard with us, Sharon—I’d by no means guess a backyard wanting this lush is coping with the challenges you face!


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