My first (and only, it turned out) stop was the big home warehouse store near our house. Luckily, the garden center there was crammed with plants, being Spring and all. I spent about an hour there, hit pay dirt, and left with about 25 new plants to put in the yard.
Here are some pictures.
This is salvia. It's probably my favorite plant because it's hard to kill, comes in a bunch of colors, is big and bushy and looks really great when it flowers. I got 9 of these coral colored ones.
I also got some of these purple Verbena canadensis for a little spot of color in the corners of the flower bed.
These are hollyhocks. I only got 2 of these, simply as an experiment. I don't know how well they do here, but I really like hollyhocks. I know they do well in high desert climates like Santa Fe...way different from Austin. Sitting in my front yard just might be murder for them.
Here are some Bat Faced Cuphea. This is another trooper of a plant, though it can get a little ratty looking in draught. The flowers are cool. looking...they are not called bat faced for nothing, but this picture is a little sucky.
This plant is called a Dianthus. It now lives in a pot on the porch.
This is called Tiger Eye Rudbeckia, also in a pot on the porch.
Here is a picture of the front porch with all these damn plants including a geranium and a couple of asparagus ferns.
So, there ya go with some of the new plants. Lots of hole digging. Not my favorite thing but it's good for the arms.
And here is a little trip around the front yard to access the state of some of the other plants-
These are monster recumbent rosemary plants. They are great for stopping erosion on the front slope. They get really big and have to be cut back in the Spring.
Observe the sad Sago ferns....
Here is a great plant called Silver Pony Foot. This stuff is good for slopes, so we put a bunch of it on the slope along our driveway a couple of years ago. It got pretty fried as well during the winter but it's growing back. I really like this plant, and the leaves do in fact look like cute little pony hooves.
This is the indestructible pomegranate tree. These things are great, grow like crazy, have nice orange flowers, and in the fall they produce pomegranates for the squirrels.
Here is some of our Texas lantana, with a Monarch butterfly. The butterflies are all over the place this year.
And, here is the latest picture of the Burr oaks we planted last Fall. I thought we killed them but they are doing just fine.
And lastly, here is a picture of our very picky Texas Laurel. These are nice tree-like plants that look like wisteria when they get flowers, which ours never has. This was the first plant we installed after moving into the house and has been transplanted to a couple of different locations because it was not doing well. But finally we moved it to it's current spot and it seems quite happy. It has doubled in size in the last year or so and I hope it flowers someday. If anything, it helps to disguise the hose and camouflage an ugly gray water meter.