Finally, the large bed next to the driveway — as we imaginatively call it, the Driveway Bed — is finally starting to take shape and make its way out to the south end of the yard. Hurrah!
This is a close-up of the cluster of zinnias just south of the Color Guard yucca. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sizzling-hot, tall, orange zinnias!!
And here is a shot of it from the back, or looking at it from the house, at the bottom of the steps…
Here is our gorgeous, trailing lavender lantana. Not only is it beautiful, it smells amazing. I’m so happy I planted it right next to the front door. AND, I’m so happy that it’s happy there!
We’ve gained momentum in the Viburnum Bed, too. This is where our 1 year old Blackhaw Viburnum is planted. That’s it just behind the orange marigolds in the lower right of the picture. Right now, it’s only about a foot tall. But, it’s a terrific, native, seldom-used, large shrub/small tree and it’s perfect for the southwest corner of our house.
In about 3 years, we’ll have a small tree that’s about 8′ tall — plenty of height to give us some good shade in the late afternoon on that part of the house. At maturity — about 5 years — it will be 12′-15′ tall and have a spread of about 8′. The Blackhaw is deciduous, so it will drop its leaves for the winter, giving us sun on the house when the temperature is cooler.