“The “bones” of a garden are the elements that are permanent and that provide its structure: trees, shrubs, arbors, walls, trellises, walkways, and statuary or other sculptural elements. They represent the garden as it appears when the growing season ends, when the color and texture provided by blooming plant material is muted by snow and bare earth.”
The above quote explains what is meant by garden bones. Click on the link to read more.
When we built the house 13 years ago, this was a pasture. The only tree was a large Live Oak behind the backyard.
In this picture, the tallest tree is a Bur Oak on the east side of the house. Eventually, it should shade a window in the morning. Behind that is a Red Oak and then a Texas Ash, neither of which can be seen in this picture.
To the right in the background is a Cherry Laurel. To the far right behind the house is an old, old Live Oak. It’s probably a hundred years old.
Usually we cut the stems down to the ground in late winter. Then leaves grow all the way up the stems. This year that chore did not get done and the stems only have pom poms of leaves on the ends. Interesting look.
Basham’s Party Pink (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Basham’s Party Pink’) is one of the first Crapemyrtles to bloom each year. It seems to me that white and pink ones always bloom earlier than deeper colored ones.
Most of the Goldenball Leadtrees (Leguminosae Fabaceae) I’ve seen are only 8 to 10 feet tall. But Texas A & M reports that they can reach 25 feet tall and wide. Oh dear, this one will be extremely crowded if it gets that wide.
Although Desert Bird of Paradise (Erythrostemon gilliesii) is a tropical tree from South America, it has naturalized in Texas.
Generally, I prefer to zoom in on details of flowers. But good bones are definitely the most important elements of a yard and garden. As summer is upon us, I’m reminded how wonderful it is to have shade provided by trees in the yard.
“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” Bill Vaughan