GBBD Postscript: Drought tolerant non-natives

In the interest of full disclosure, I'd like to add pictures of the non-natives that grow in my garden. Most of these plants were put in by the previous owner, and I've kept them because they were moderate water users and brighten things up at that time of the year when the natives are stil not doing too much, at least in my garden.

So here we have:

Hardenbergia violacea (Happy Wanderer Vine), which grows on a bamboo trellis and has a very deep taproot so it doesn't need much water. The white thing in the top left of the picture is a ball of nesting materials, favored by many small birds especially hummingbirds.
One of Camelias that are growing along the fence. I'm training them as trees and enjoy the bright color. I might prefer something a little less garish, but I don't have the heart to take them out.
Some Azeleas are starting to bloom as well.

And then we have the Hellebores, starting to bloom in November and going strong until February. All Hellebores tolerate dry shade, a rare thing among natives and non-natives alike.
Most of them are actually the lime-green kind, the previous owners liked pink and lime green.
And finally a small and well-behaved Euphorbia. After taking out the 5-foot monster Euphorbias, I got just two small ones because I do like their color, drought tolerance, and interesting (well, weird) appearance.


Katie said…
I really love the Happy Wanderer Vine - we planted it around the mailbox at our old house; it was so pretty. Because I was a n00b gardener at that point, I had no idea it was drought tolerant. Those euphorbias are really neat too.
Pink and lime green, eh? Sounds like the previous gardener was a Kate Spade kind of gal? It's such a long and interesting relationship--current and previous gardeners. I think so often of the couple who gardened here for 29 years.