Finally decided to tackle a lonely stretch of west-facing fenceline. I built limestone raised beds with rocks from our property and backfilled with Garden-Ville Rose Soil. Then I planted these: 1 Vitex Agnus-Castus (chaste tree) 2 Nerium (oleander--yes, I know it is poisonous, my children have already been lectured) 2 leucophyllum frutescens (texas sage--not really a sage, though) 2 sophora secundiflora (texas mountain laurel) 3 dianthus (pinks) 3 santolina 2 setcreasea purpurea (purple heart) 1 bignonia (trumpet vine)
After planting I mulched with two inches of Ladybug Turkey Compost and then another 3 inches of Texas Native Hardwood mulch. Let's hope those lovelies get settled before the blast-furnace starts stoking!
And enjoy this link to a little winter gardening advice from Central TX Gardener:
I am a mama, Certified Professional Midwife, dancer/choreographer, gardener, photographer-in-progress, collector, yogi, and lover of the quirky/wild/wierd/wonderful. Myself, two daughters, one dog, two rats, two hamsters, and an ever-changing number of fish reside in an old farmhouse on two limestone-ridden acres in the Hill Country of Central Texas.
My irrational obsessions include: bright blue borage flowers, embroidered pillows, tunics, vintage tablecloths, shoe lasts, rusted iron, my daughter's smile, and the sunshine on my face.