In an earlier post, I showed some of the seasonal changes in my front garden. Now let's move to the backyard.
The backyard is lush with bright spring growth. Dwarf Yaupon Hollies line the flagstone path leading to the pond. Japanese maples dot the landscape under the canopy of a large American Elm and native Post Oaks.
The summer scenery changes slightly. Hydrangeas are in bloom, ornamental grasses have filled out, and the Japanese maple color has subdued.
Autumn brings another pallet of colors to the back garden. The maples are bright with reds and oranges, the elms and oaks have lost their leaves, ornamental grasses have taken on their fall color.
A snow-laden garden is a rare sight in my garden, but when it does happen, the view is magical -- if only for a brief time.
I thought the crape myrtle in this picture and the ones behind the pond (next set of pictures) would snap from the weight of snow. But they just took a bow and gracefully stood right back up when the snow melted.
Here are those crape myrtles standing tall during the summer.
Summer Phlox, Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum', Salvia guaranitica, 'King Humbert' Canna, Turk's Cap, 'Tropical Giant' Spider Lily, and Virginia Sweetspire 'Little Henry' surround the base of the birdhouse.
For other views of the Japanese Maples, click here
As 2010 draws to a close, I hope you're taking some time out of this busy season to appreciate your garden,
or to dream about what it will be...
What plans do you have for your garden in the new year?
Happy New Year!