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Houston back yard May 2017

Our new back yard in our Houston-area home. When we moved into the house, the yard was all fenced in, carpeted with St. Augustine grass sod. For various reasons we were a bit slow to start on gardening (for one, it was in the middle of Houston's steamy summer; for another, being run over by a car while riding my bike didn't help my mobility), but by the fall of 2016 we had established a few planting pockets to break the monotony of grass and fence. A January freeze did in some of the plantings (nurseries around here thrive on zone optimism, it seems), but we added a few more plantings the next spring. Things didn't really get started, though, until we commissioned a waterfall pond to be installed in April 2017. The extra soil available from pond excavation helped in the building of lots of new borders along that back fence, and the constant clatter of the waterfall and the antics of our goldfish gaggle draw us out into the garden a lot more. So even though it's still looking pretty sparse, the creative horticultural juices are flowing once again, and I look forward to establishing a back-yard reprieve from the formal front-yard landscaping dictated by the home-owners association. I haven't seen nearly enough butterflies yet, let alone hummingbirds, but we're doing our best to attract them! Meanwhile, the list of plantings keeps on growing.

Currently growing in our back yard

Aeonium species and hybrids (true houseleek)
Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids' and other hybrids (lily of the Nile)
Aloe 'Blue Elf' and 'Hedgehog' (aloe)
Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' (variegated shell ginger)
Ananas comosus (pineapple)
Anisocampium niponicum 'Pictum' and 'Regal Red' (Japanese painted fern)
Argyranthemum frutescens (marguerite daisy)
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed; bloodflower)
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii' (foxtail fern)
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' (asparagus fern, emerald fern)
Basella alba (Malabar spinach)
Berlandiera texana (green eyes)
Bougainvillea spectabilis (paper flower)
Caladium bicolor (angel wings)
Callistemon salignus (willow bottle brush)
Calylophus berlandieri (Texas primrose, square-bud evening primrose, Texas sundrops)
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' (sasanqua camellia)
Chrysactinia mexicana (damianita)
Citrus limon (lemon)
Citrus reticulata 'Owari' and 'Okitsu-Wase' (satsuma)
Citrus x aurantiifolia (Key lime; mexican lime)
Clematis hybrids
Coix lacryma-jobi (Job's tears)
Cordyline fruticosa (ti plant)
Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea' (spike winter hazel)
Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade' (firecracker flower)
Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' (firecracker plant)
Cuphea hyssopifolia (Mexican heather)
Cuphea llavea (bat-face flower)
Cycas revoluta (sago palm)
Cynodon dactylon (bermuda grass)
Delosperma cultivars (ice plant)
Duranta erecta (golden dewdrop, pigeonberry)
Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns)
Euphorbia pulcherrima (poinsettia)
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' (spurge)
Ficus carica (fig)
Gaillardia grandiflora (blanketflower)
Galphimia glauca (thryallis)
Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty' (gardenia)
Gasteria carinata var. verrucosa (ox tongue)
Gaura lindheimeri
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina jasmine, false jessamine)
Gerbera jamesonii (gerbera daisy; Transvaal daisy)
Gynura bicolor (Okinawan spinach)
Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath)
Hamelia patens (firebush; scarlet bush)
Helwingia chinensis 'Narrow Leaf'
Hosta 'Wolverine'
Hosta hybrids (plantain lily)
Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer BloomStruck ('PIIHM-II' (hydrangea)
Hymenocallis caribaea 'Variegata' (variegated spider lily)
Ixora coccinea (flame of the woods)
Jasminum nitidum (star jasmine; confederate jasmin)
Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans' (Arabian jasmin)
Justicia spicigera (firecracker plant, Mexican honeysuckle)
Lagerstroemia 'Midnight Magic' ('PIILAG-V') (crape myrtle)
Lagerstroemia indica 'Rubra' and 'Red Rocket' (crape myrtle)
Lantana camara (common lantana)
Lavandula stoechas ssp. pedunculata (butterfly lavender; French lavender)
Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
Loropetalum chinense 'Purple Pixie' (Chinese fringe flower)
Lysimachia congestiflora (creeping Jenny)
Mandevilla x amoena 'Alice du Pont' (pink allamanda)
Mangifera indica 'Mallika' (mango)
Melampodium leucanthum (blackfoot daisy)
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten' (maiden grass)
Muehlenbeckia axillaris (creeping wire vine)
Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo)
Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red' (oleander)
Ocimum basilicum 'Osmin' (basil)
Olea europaea 'Arbequina' (olive)
Ophiopogon planiscapus (mondo grass)
Oxypetalum coeruleum
Pennisetum species/cultivars (fountain grass)
Penstemon schmidel 'Red Riding Hood' (beardtongue)
Pentas 'Graffiti Red Velvet'
Phlox 'Paparazzi Paris'
Pinus virginiana
Platycodon grandiflorus (balloonflower)
Plumbago capensis (plumbago)
Plumeria alba (white frangipani)
Podocarpus macrophyllus (yew plum pine; buddhist pine)
Pogostemon cablin (patchouli)
Porophyllum ruderale (papaloquelite; yerba porosa; summer cilantro)
Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose)
Punica granatum (pomegranate)
Quercus virginiana (southern live oak)
Rhododendron x 'Judge Solomon' (azalea)
Rosa 'Knockout' series (Knock Out rose)
Rubus fruticosus 'Ouachita' (blackberry)
Ruellia elegans (red ruellia; false petunia)
Salvia 'Love and Wishes' (ornamental sage)
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' (ornamental sage)
Salvia buchananii (Buchanan's sage, purple autumn sage)
Salvia elegans (pineapple sage)
Salvia greggii (autumn sage)
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Bloom' (ornamental sage)
Salvia longispicata x farinacea 'Mystic Spires Blue' (ornamental sage)
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' (ornamental sage)
Scaevola aemula (fanflower)
Scutellaria suffrutescens (pink skullcap)
Sedum 'Angelina' (stonecrop)
Sedum ussuriense (stonecrop)
Spathoglottis plicata (ground orchid)
Strobilanthes dyerianus (Persian shield)
Styrax japonicus (Japanese snowbell)
Tagetes lemmonii (copper canyon daisy; Lemmon's marigold)
Talinum paniculatum (jewels of Opar)
Tecoma stans 'Sparklette' (esperanza; yellow bells)
Tecomaria capensis 'Sunset' (cape honeysuckle)
Tithonia rotundifolia (Mexican sunflower)
Tradescantia spathacea 'Variegata' (Moses-in-the-cradle; Moses-in-a-basket; oyster plant)
Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic)
Turnera ulmifolia (yellow buttercup; yellow alder)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vigna vexillata (wild mung bean; wild cow pea; zombi pea)
Viola hederacea (Australian violet)
Vitis vinifera 'Tempranillo' (tempranillo grape)

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Last modified: June 03, 2017
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