I deal with the situation by putting on blinders to avoid seeing the garden as a whole, while focusing on practical problems: modifications to the irrigation system, mulching, hand-watering, pruning, and researching drought-tolerant plants and new ways to thwart raccoons. However, while planting 3 of the Rudbeckia I couldn't stop myself from buying, I realized just how good at least one of my beds looks right now.
|Wide view of the bed|
|Side view of the same space|
The Calliandra, Coleonema, Nandina and Agapanthus in the background came with the house but I've added most of the rest of the plants.
|The Grevillea 'Superb' planted last November is developing lots of new buds|
|Gaillardia 'Goblin' is flowering less profusely than last year but still provides a lot of color|
|The new Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun' mixes well with Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' and Coprosma 'Evening Glow'|
|Coprosma 'Evening Glow' is a relatively slow grower|
|One of 5 Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze' in this bed, this plant adds an airy quality|
|Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound' if the label that came with it can be believed|
|Salvia 'Mesa Azure'|
|And a closer look at the Rudbeckia that pulled everything together|
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