Last May, existing garden beds in the front yard were expanded. For many years the only plants in this area were the azalea bushes along the side of the driveway and a viburnum hedge across the front of the house.
Native and Florida friendly plants were placed in front of the viburnum hedge to add a different height interest and to take up more of the space previously allotted to grass. There are plans whirling through my mind for future additions to eliminate even more lawn area.
Shade loving blooms have been brought in to give some brightness to an area that previously was all green. I'm still amazed at the plants that will flower in very shady conditions.
Many caladiums were planted in the entry-way garden and African iris was used as a filler plant for all season interest. Ample space was left for the iris plants to increase in size. I'm a little impatient to see this happen as I really want the mulch to be covered and not so exposed. All in due time.
The flagstone pathway has been a very helpful addition as a way to get from the driveway to the front door. Plants that withstand winter temperatures were used to keep the garden structure. Other spring and summer loving perennials round out this garden area.
Layers of green foliage are kept interesting by using varying heights and leaf shapes. Spring emerging caladiums and colorful bromeliads provide a spot of brightness and contrast.
Bromeliads are one of those Florida friendly plants that sail through winter and bloom in spring and summer. They produce pups that increase the size of their clumps and gradually fill in bare spots in the garden.
This is my front garden "thinking" spot. I enjoy dreaming up ways to add more plants and take away more grass while sitting here after a good day's labor in the front gardens.