Spring has finally sprung in Central Texas, which makes us want to get outdoors and garden! This year, my husband and I decided it was time to redo our front garden. We hadn't done much with it since moving in four years ago, so we figured it was time to give the space an update and make it our own. Plus, the plants up there had a difficult time with all of the freezing weather we had this winter. We decided to find some good Texas native plants that could not only handle the winter cold, but could also handle the ongoing drought conditions.
Here is what our front garden looked like up until a few weeks ago:
Here is what is looks like now:
First, we did some research on the Texas native plants we wanted. We were also inspired by the color and mixed textures from the plants in this pin:
Upon recommendations from some folks, we went to The Natural Gardener to see a good selection of Texas native plants, and so we could ask questions of the knowledgeable staff. We found exactly what we wanted, and decided to go with Mexican feather grass and artemesia (which we alternated in the front), and Mexican bush sage (for the back row):
We also decided to add some plants in large plant pots around our front entrance. We found these cool GRÄSET plant pots from Ikea (the tall one is here, and the square one is here). We planted licorice plant and lavender in them to match the silver and purple colors we incorporated in the main part of the front garden:
We finished off the look with black hardwood mulch and these pretty square Hampton Bay solar path lights from Home Depot.
Here's the before and after:
I can't wait to see how it looks when the plants fill out!