In our retirement park, the homes are all manufactured homes, some small, some large, all well kept and well maintained. We don't have a large front yard -- which is exactly the way we wanted it, but the ice plant in front of the house, was beginning to die off and needed replacing with....something. So I got busy and designed what I thought would be attractive, low maintenance and drought resistant. We are under strictly regulated water usage in our area because we are now in our fourth year of drought. The change has been in the works for a couple of months (We had to have HOA approval first.) So now it is all finished I have some photos to show the change we have made.
The tree is a Lantana and has never stopped blooming since the day we moved in. The purple flowers at either end are bouganvillea which flower most of the year and will grow like a vine, which I plan to train to drape over the shell and the stones in a limited way. It should only need trimming. We also put a pot of Fortnight Lilies at either end to add some greenery. They are named that because they flower every fortnight. They are also easy to grow and don't mind the hot weather. Finally, we left the one solitary sago palm where it was originally planted by the previous owner.
The fisherman is a tribute to my growing up years in the village of Flamborough on the East Coast of Yorkshire. We bought him a good number of years ago and hadn't found the right place for him in our new yard until now.
We have had lots of positive comments from passers-by. Even the park manager said she liked it. The only negative factor was that we had to take out our tulip tree. It was still quite small, but as they can grow extremely large--as tall as 50 feet -- it was probably not a good place to have it. In addition it had to be protected from frost which we could do at this size, but would have had some difficulty as it got much larger, even though we only have a few nights of frost per year.
I know rocks are not a good substitute for grass, but in our climate they fare much better than grass.
All in all we are quite pleased and look forward to seeing the plants develop.
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