Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Garden Bed Recap

Taking a page from Helen's End of the Month yearly garden recap over at The Patient Gardener, I wanted to reflect on all the progress I've made in my gardens this year.  Thanks to Helen's End of the Month meme, I have a collection of photos throughout the year on how all of my gardens have transformed over the seasons.  It is pretty amazing to look back and see all the gardens I added, as well as how the plants have matured during the year.  Here is a look at my garden beds throughout the year...

WARNING:  A lot of garden pictures are included below.  Reader beware.

Veggie Bed
The veggie bed had its most productive year yet, raking in over 75 pounds of fresh produce.  The tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and cucumbers were especially productive during the summer months.

Butterfly Bed
The butterfly bed is a wild and crazy bed.  It has a little bit of everything in it, from lantana to wildflowers, to perennials to annuals, all with the hope of attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, which it was quite successful at this year, even though it isn't the prettiest kept bed.

Bulb Bed
This bed started with some gladiolas, a couple irises, one or two dahlias, a few daylilies and calla lilies, and a handful of Black-Eyed Susans.  I added a bunch more irises later in the year, some daffodils, and some oxblood lilies.  I plan to add more dahlias in the spring.

Shade Tree Bed
One of the new beds this year was the shade tree bed.  We had the stonework laid and then filled it with rich soil and compost.  Next, a variety of shade-loving plants were added, including Turk's cap, American beautyberry, Texas gold columbine, shrimp plant, lithrope, pigeonberry, oxalis, astilbe, spider plant, and purple heart.  I still have room to add some more plants and would like to add some more evergreen species.

Deck Bed
This was another new bed this year and primarily became the herb bed.  I also have an artichoke, some society garlic, irises, spider lilies, alliums, and poppies planted.  The herbs in the ground definitely survived drought, heat, and freezing temperatures better than the container herbs.  I will try to move more of my herbs to this bed going forward so that they are longer-lasting.

Fence Line
Big changes happened along the neighbor fence line this year.  Most notably, we lost a tree in a bad wind storm.  The tree had been rotting on the inside.  I'm gonna blame the drought on the death of that guy.  In the new bed that was added all along the fence, I planted a duranta, Belinda's Dream rose, Garnet Sash pomegranate, gardenia, irises and divided my canna lilies for a bigger effect.  I still have plenty of room along the fence and hope to get more rose bushes planted this coming spring.

Triple Threat
My triplet bed, which surrounds the peach tree, was added this year.  So far, I've planted an Artic Frost Satsuma, tropical milkweed, fall aster, irises, coneflower, mistflower, lavender, paperwhites, amaryllis, larkspur and poppies.  I can't wait to see what these beds look like come spring.

Front Bed
The front bed got a landscaping overhaul this year.  Limestone was re-arranged and mason work done.  River rock stones were added for a xeriscape look.  Various salvia plants were added, along with guara, rock rose, spineless prickly pear, red yucca, lantana, and vitex.

Front Fence Line
This is another new bed this year where I planted black-foot daisies, plumbago, coral honeysuckle, thryllis, purple fountain grass, Mystic Blue salvia, copper canyon daisy and a butterfly bush.  The plants didn't grow much this year, but I'm expecting the bed to really fill out next year.

Left House Border
Our front house borders were also redone this year since they had completely been overrun with Bermuda grass over the past year.  In this bed, I already had various salvias and some Texas sage, along with an oleander.  Some purple, yellow, and cotton candy lantana were added along with some bi-color iris, rosemary, Mexican salvia, and skullcap.  These plants really took off this year and quickly filled in the bed.  They put on quite a show in September will all their colors.

Right House Border
Similar to the front left house border, the right side was redone this year.  We added river stone to keep the Bermuda grass infestation to a minimum and added some rosemary, salvias and sages, spineless prickly pear, lantana, skullcap, and bi-color iris.  So far, it is filling out quite nicely.

2014 brought a lot of growth to my Central Texas garden.  I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!


  1. It's kind of thrilling to be able to go back and see how much your hard work is already paying off, isn't it? You are right to be filled with anticipation - next year in your garden spaces is going to bring big payoffs for all your planning and planting both. Happy 2015!

    1. It is definitely very rewarding. Not only do I enjoy the process of gardening, but I get to truly see all the fruits of my labor. Thanks for following along on my gardening journey!

  2. Well done Rebecca you have achieved so much this year, I bet you are really pleased. I look forward to seeing what you get up to next year.

    1. Thanks! It is a lot of fun to see the product of my work - there is so much to enjoy - whether it is the veggies I produce, the flowers that bloom, or the wildlife I attract to the garden. I'm looking forward to continuing to build out my beds and improve my gardening skills in 2015.

  3. hello Rebecca, wow you have achieved a lot this year, you have a large garden with lots of different areas, I like the stone raised beds and chip mulch it sets your plants off nicely, lots to look forward to in 2015, Frances