My general level of dissatisfication with the winter garden runs high these days. On top of that, I'm very unstable. Enjoy what you see ... a big plan is always just around the corner. I'm much too busy to actually implement any changes. That doesn't matter; a plan is always just around the corner....
It doesn't help that a lot of my plants look like weeds, for example this Oenothera. So pretty and interesting when it flowers in the summer with bright, fragrant yellow. But for now just a clumb of weedy leaves and nothing more.
I cherish this aspect of my garden. The design plan is, there is no design plan. I placed big plants with some strategic considerations that I will be flexible about evaluating down the road. After the big plants, use small plants. Next!
Here's a little bit of strategy with the yummy black Phormium cookianum 'Black Adder', framed in line of sight with California buckeye (Aesculus californica) which should be leafing out soon. The buckeye only has leaves for 6 months. The rest of the year, especially during the summer, the tree stems are silvery-gray and quite elegant in the long, dry summer light. Hopefully 'Black Adder' will make a good companion.
I cut back some cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens) to highlight the ropey vine. You know I love ropey vine. This part of the garden has an old, established feeling I am grateful to have. Come clean up work around the periphery is clearly in order.
The view from a distance is muddled, over the top of Geranium maderense. Geranium maderense! Exciting plant to have in the garden. It's been a few years.
There's so much going on against the north wall, it's a hot mess. Tree fern, Fuchsia 'Miep Aalhuizen', 3 Echium pininana, 2 Carpenteria californica, Cantua buxifolia, Senecio cristobalensis, two Hammamelis, Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman', 3 Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba', Montanoa grandiflora, Abutilon, Dierama, Asarum, Tiearella, Heuchera. A few foxglove, two Rehmannia. One rose. Good times.
I am confident Cestrum elegans can handle the space-filling task it has against the south-facing wall.
Even when that happens, this area will still need some work. The plan for that is, there is no plan. I'm tucked in some foxglove and three Lobelia tupa I grew from seed. I used Juncus patens and Salvia spathacea for filler.
I do have one place where I'm happy. Up on the deck, with Hardenbergia violacea.