|North side property line in back garden also. Variegated aztec grass and African Iris are visible here. Many varieties of cold hardy plants in this planting bed make good neighbors.|
|Cyrtomium Falcatum, Holly Fern has long been a favorite for a slow growing textural plant that does beautifully in filtered or dappled sunlight and isn't bothered by summer heat or winter frost. Not a native but highly considered Florida-Friendly.|
In stubborn determination I'm resisting the urge to panic when the forecast calls for freezing temperatures. I'm growing dull to the dreaded announcements. I'll never get used to it or like it but I decline the inclination to spend countless hours building structures (like I've done so many times in past years) to cover every tender-to-cold plant with make-shift tents of freeze cloth. In so many instances these efforts are worthless and don't do that much good against the type of frosty cooling we've had the last few years.
|The old-fashioned Aspidistra elatior, cast iron plants are just that. Like cast iron their upright leathery leaves in mostly tree-filtered light are a fabulous summer and winter evergreen plant.|
Meanwhile making close observation of the steadfast and hardy plants suited for this climate through all seasons is duly noted.
Each planting area is being observed with renewed vision. By division, additional purchases, root cuttings or pass-alongs the criteria for the vast majority of plants acquired in this garden is based on durability, low maintenance, wildlife appeal, drought resistance, and cold hardiness.
They are and will be the foundational cornerstone of each setting. The goal is that Old Man Winter will no longer "take out" my garden completely when he decides to visit either on a fluke in early December or stays for a long duration like last winter 2010.
There is more. Another post entry is forth coming to highlight more cold hardy/summer hardy varieties at Hoe and Shovel.