The sun is HOT and the we often go long periods without rain. My husband is a flower lover, and has had to make do with flowering bushes, grasses (which he doesn't like but I LOVE) and very hardy flowers.
We have tried to keep it as natural as possible.
This year he added a few flowers in hopes the deer would leave them alone; so far, so good. We live in a heavily wooded area and actually had to chop a few old trees down in order to get light on the flower bed. (Some in our neighborhood were quite upset, but there are still plenty of trees!
The Crape Myrtle needs to be trimmed way back, but we will do this in the fall. My husband longs for his lush perennial northern flower garden, but I think he is off to a good start.
I was inspired to post this after reading "Recollections of a Vagabonde's blog". She usually travels and shares her experiences and remembrances, but today she shared her back yard.