Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The front garden

When I'm not in the studio, you might find me in the garden.

When I moved into this fixer upper in 2000, it needed fixing both inside and outside. I took on the responsibility of garden planning and plantings. Gone now is the old camellia that dropped thousands of tiny blooms and required many hours of pickup. Gone now is the weedy Bermuda grass lawn.

Here are photos of what it looked like in 2006 and what it looks like now:

I love the way this part of my front yard turned out. The fresh smell of lemon verbena and resinous smell of Russian sage. Feather reed grass dancing with the breeze. Textures and colors galore: spiky orange and green libertia, furry red kangaroo paws, bronzy red flax, round bright yellow-green leaves of the smoke tree, fuzzy gray-green leaves and fuzzy purple flower plumes of Russian sage, and tall buff seed heads of the reed grass.

If I'm not down in the studio, I can look out the window at this.


  1. It looks like you have done wonders for the space. It looks pretty easy care too.

  2. It is. In late winter I cut back the feather reed grass and Russian sage and voila! I can almost watch them grow and rejuvenate. The day to day changes through spring are just fascinating.

  3. Wow, I didn't know you were such a great gardener! Your color combinations are fabulous!
    -Connie in AL