July 14, 2011 at
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Today is the day for the garden tour at La Ventose (the name of our home and garden), appropriately enough on Bastille Day. Last week I posted photos of the backyard. This week it’s the front yard.
The only shade garden we have is on the north side of the garage where hostas and astilbes thrive.
The hot, dry south-facing slope along the driveway is filled with Midwest native prairie plants and xeric Southwest perennials.
Hot colors from coleus, Flower Carpet Scarlet roses, potentillas, rudbeckias, daylilies, and California fuchsia fill the bed surrounding the mailbox.
The parking strip is filled with pink and purple annuals (petunia, gomphrena, vinca, and nicotiana) punctuated by daylilies, sweet flag, penstemon, and tradescantia.
New last year, this corner border uses a red maple as a focal point and backdrop for a garden bench.
This rock wall terrace faces southwest, so it contains drought-tolerant perennials.
The small waterfall into the front pond creates soothing sound when you rest on the front porch.
The entry garden disguises the walkway to the front door.