We removed one of the hedge bushes at the end, so that the lake view is more visible even looking from inside the house.
Since this corner is located on a lower point of the garden, the water easily gets accumulated there. I lost a few plants in this flower bed, such as Agapathus and two pineapples. I think the combination of south florida's full sun and the heavy rain during the raining season are major factors to blame. The flower bed created then was using those black rubber borders. If I want to raise this flower bed to mitigate the flood risk, the rubber border obviously can not do the job.
Since I already used the brick to build the border for the west side flowerbed, I decided to use the same material for this corner to echo the west side.
Two weekends ago, I asked my husband to help me to remove one more hedge bush next to that flower bed. I then used that space to plant a Jatropha tree, which has been growing in a big container since it was brought home from my friend's back yard.
After the border was built with two layers of bricks, I dumped more top and compost soils into it to raise the level of the bed.
Some purple queens were moved from other place to the bottom of the Jatropha tree (left side of the flower bed) as the ground cover. Allamanda and one Mounding Lantana were moved to back of the bed so that I can plant some low growing plants in front of them.
Oh, the right corner is a hummingbird stake that I put there as the decoration. Hope someday my garden can attract true humming birds as visitors.
Since this is a full sun area, I am choosing the plants that require the full sun and more drought tolerant.
Three different types of Agaves are planted in this flower bed.
Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'
This Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' got the frost bites during Januray freeze. You can see those lower leaves are all clipped half way for that reason. I am amazed how fast they have been recovering! There are at least half dozen pups popping up around the mother plant as well!
Agave Angustifolia Variegata (Variegated Caribbean Agave )
This Agave Angustifolia Variegata (Variegated Caribbean Agave ) is not a fast grower as Agave desmettiana 'Variegata', but I see it is picking up the speed with the weather warming up. There is no pups seen for this agave yet.
Agave lophantha hybrid (with pup shown)
This Agave lophantha hybrid has been in a container for a while. When I took it out, I found it had one pup developed already. A sweet surprise for me...