2014- St Augustine in spring, before grubs and drought. Not much else for butterflies or birds
Water stressed grass, yellow spots and grub damage starting
2015 - Carving out beds in winter (and widening walkways) to reduce watering
Ombre colors.. not by choice
2016- After removing all the St Augustine (which was brown and shriveled anyways)
6 weeks after seeding native grasses (Thunderturf- buffalo grass, curly mesquite and blue gramma). Still patchy, but the side beds are full of native or xeriscape plants and abuzz in butterflies and bees. Much less monotonous than the (admittedly lush and green) first pic!
Globe mallow near texas milkweed, homestead verbena and scattered wildflowers
Mint and culinary sage in the herb corner
Hungry swallowtail caterpillars
Winecups spreading far and wide
Lantana, homestead verbena amid wildflowers filling in from a seed packet
mystery wildflower awaiting unfurling..