There is one tiny spot of shade at Dancing Red Ranch, and it’s taken me a lot of years to get it right. With the help of landscape designer and radio host Sheryl McLaughlin (if you don’t listen to her weekly show, you should!), I planted up a shade-, drought-, and deer-tolerant bed last year. And already it’s gorgeous!
Beneath the foundation on the north side of the house, under a magnificent Monterey Oak, is a short foundation bed between two stairways.
Below a wall that was already covered in fig ivy (Ficus pumila), I planted a palette taken from a list that Sheryl shared on “The Austin Gardener”: bicolor iris (Dietes bicolor), native columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana), inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), and black and blue salvia (Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’).
Here are pictures from three and four weeks back. Enjoy!