Return to the Texas Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Planning new flower bed in side yard

Posted by ExoticRGVNativesTy 9b TX (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 6, 11 at 12:23

I am planning a new flower bed at our property in Bayview between the house and a brick walkway that connects the pool to the outdoor shower. So far all I have planted are succulent groundcovers at the ends of the bed, Heep's Spiderwort in front of the crawlspace and Coastal Stonecrop below the gate radius (not seen). Excluding that area, the bed measures 3 ft x 11 ft and faces to the northeast. The soil is unnaturally rocky as a result of leftover gravel from remodeling being mixed in, but is otherwise well drained silty clay loam.

Side flower bed

Side flower bed

I have chosen Texas Torchwood to go between the windows, as it should stay compact in this relatively shady location. Espaliering Crucita on trellises placed below the windows is one option, and there is plenty of lattice paneling in the garage with which to make them. I could then plant Chandler's Crag-lilies in front of the trellises, which I have read are tolerant of partial and dappled shade. These plants shouldn't mind the rocky soil too much, but I'll sift out gravel from the immediate planting areas just to be safe.

I'm not sure when I'll next get a chance to plant anything, and it might not be until November.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Planning new flower bed in side yard

Another great picture of your house. I am really enjoying seeing your 'before' photos and progress.

That screen door is fabulous.

RE: Planning new flower bed in side yard

Nice start you have going. I want an outdoor shower too. I could accomplish 2 chores in the summer and fall! :).

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Texas Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here