Yes, that’s right, my back garden has some issues. This Texas betony is less than perfect and refuses to perform as advertised. After all it is a Texas native. Some of you may have heard it referred to as Scarlet betony or Scarlet hedgenettle. From what I have read this plant does not like having continually wet feet and prefers dappled shade. Unfortunately, our past spring has been extremely wet. But since it does like heat, it may recover this summer. Besides the surrounding plants have the same drainage requirements and are thriving despite our wet spring. As for the lack of dappled shade in this spot, my landscape architect doesn’t see this as a problem. If by fall, this area has not shown any improvement, then a substitute will definitely be needed. Originally, Michael had specified Salvia darcyi for this location, but it’s a Holy Grail kind of plant, the kind that requires a quest to find.
A longtime dream has finally come true. Thank you Michael Parkey and Hadden Landscaping for the best looking backyard ever! Today the copper path lights are being installed, so you will not see them in this post’s photos. Don’t worry, I will be doing a photoshoot of them sometime in the near future. Except for the front gates, everything has been completed and is now ready for drive by viewings, and don’t be surprised if you spy me on my back screen porch sipping a cocktail and enjoying the view.
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