Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seasons of Change (Front Yard)

Inspired by the Seasonal Musings of Carol 
at Flower Hill Farm, as the year draws to a close
I thought I'd show you some of the changes in my garden 
from season to season. 

This first post will be of my front yard; 
a later post will feature the backyard.

Front Perennial Beds


Annual reseeding wildflowers (Poppies, Larkspur, Bluebonnets) fill in open spots as the perennials begin to fill out.  Perennial blooms of 'Bath's Pink' Dianthus, 'May Night' Salvia, 'Henry Duelberg' Salvia, Calylophus, Creeping Phlox, and Ox-eye Daisy also add spring color.


As the heat heightens, so does the color!   
The salvias continue to bloom, but Summer Phlox, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm,' and Russian Sage get in on the show, too.  Annual reseeding Melampodium and Periwinkles squeeze in where they can.


Autumn brings Salvia greggii to peak performance, as well as Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) and Fall Aster (Aster oblongifolius).   Ornamental grasses send up their plumes in an effort to stand out among the blooms.


And in a rare sight in Texas, the perennial beds are covered with a blanket of snow.  February 2010 brought record snowfall to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Front Walk

Spring Wildflowers

Summer Perennials

Winter Wonderland

I hope you've enjoyed a look at the seasonal changes 
in my front garden.  

Please come back soon for a look at my backyard.

Toni :-)


  1. I really enjoyed your tour. Your gardens are beautiful in any season.

  2. Lovely Toni! It is so fun to see the different seasons. I wish I could grow perennials like that . . . but I now have a pernicious invasive plant, known as Bishops Weed that usurp my more delicate plants. Your gardens are beautiful! Thank you so much for your very kind link. Happy Holidays!

  3. Great tour ... it was sensational seeing the changes through the seasons. You've achieved a front garden full of interest all throughout the year! My favourite photo was definitely the view of the Spring wildflowers in that front bed ... just gorgeous!

  4. Beautiful walk through your seasons! Your garden is very colorful in every season, well, except maybe that snowy time, but it's pretty too.

  5. Your garden is lovely in all seasons! I always enjoy seeing changes through the seasons, though your winter shots gave me the shivers. Your neighbors are fortunate to have such a great view. I hope they all take inspiration from you.

  6. You are so smart to take these seasonal photos. That's my New Year's resolution. I really enjoyed seeing your garden especially since mine is all shade. Carolyn

  7. @gardenwalk: Thanks for visiting, Donna! The backyard is next :-)

    @Carol: Glad to link! You inspired me! I had not heard of Bishops Weed before, so I researched. Yikes! Sounds awful. I have a problem with dollar weed, another weed with white fleshy roots. Your gardens are so beautiful, one would never know there's a weed lurking!

    @Bernie: Thanks so much for visiting :-) The wildflowers are already germinating in my garden, so hopefully I'll have another good show this spring. Have a wonderful Christmas -- stay cool!

    @Floridagirl: The snow is a rare sight -- well that MUCH snow. We usually get an inch or two, but last February we got over a foot!! Hopefully we won't have a repeat this year :-)

    @debsgarden: Yes, looking back, those snowy pictures make me shiver, too!! My neighbors do enjoy the blooms along the sidewalk :-)

    @carolyn: I took these pictures before blogging was even on my radar, so it was nice to have them so I could do a post about the seasons. I thought I took a lot of pictures before, but now that I'm blogging -- yikes!

  8. I love this! Great tour. To see all the different gardens during the year is so beautiful. There really is beauty at ever stage, isn't there? Such a great idea to take them from the same spot too. I'm going to try that next year. :)

  9. This is a poster session for taking multiple pictures at the same site! Enjoyed seeing the changes in the beds over a year.

  10. Enjoyed your tour. I live in snow country and have pictures during the season too. Although snow can be pretty, I much prefer the spring and summer pictures!

  11. Toni: What a great montage of seasonal photos. Beautiful post! --Beth

  12. Yes, I saw her post. I'm glad I made it here to see yours. Your front and back yards are both full of beauty. Your larkspur sure are nice sized. I am so anxious for spring to get here!