I used to hate mums. I told Jeff they were just for putting on graves for memorial day. But in a fall garden it seems like you can't get a better solid dose of color than some mums. All of the red you see here came from one container of mums I bought at the mart last year on sale (around Memorial day --no kidding. these ARE good for graves even if I'm a mums convert). I split them up this spring, and they are covering big stretches of otherwise bare dirt. I love me a hard-working plant. This fall has been so nice with no hard frosts yet, so all my foliage is still intact to contrast with these big bursts of red. Yum. I feel really spoiled. The one thing I'm missing is some asters. I had some in Taylorsville and they were wonderful in the fall. I'm going to try to get some drive by pictures of some beautiful asters in the neighborhood I've seen and coveted. Stay tuned. I also think these zebra grasses are a nice foliage choice to contrast with almost anything. Here they are next to some artemesia (the grey --I cannot figure out this moving pictures around thing). They also get BIG. The more room something takes up the better (in my yard). The bigger the desireable plants, the less room for weeds right? Here's another picture of the grasses against some purple smoke bush. Love that purple foliage against the yellow and green. Hmmm. Looks like I might need to work on my focusing. OK it's really bad. I thought this camera was automatic for that kind of thing. Must be all those confusing grass focal points.
I am a fitness instructor, AFAA certified personal trainer, and a mom of three. Most of the time I'm vegan, with some crazy "free" meals a couple times a week. I have a love/hate relationship with my yard depending on how much work it needs! I grew up in San Diego, and love the ocean. I scuba, but sometimes have panic attacks snorkeling. Given the choice between the superpowers of invisibility and flight, I'd pick flight in a heartbeat. I love my husband, and his patience with my crazy habit of getting into something that's well over my head.