Gruenequeen wrote: full of weeds and Johnson Grass 20 years ago. I struggled for many years to have a decent lawn, and one day decided to plant flowers. With Limestone cap rock just a few inches below the surface, and the soil so horrible, I imported soil raising the level about 1' on the lawn and 2' in the beds. I have amended the soil several times a year to get it workable, adding sand and peat moss. I raised this bed as I am so close to the street (those old German settlers seemed to be quite nosy!) , for visual definition and protection. The side lawn is a favorite place for wild deer to sleep, and munch on the roses. I planted Meditteranean flowers, which also grow well in this part of Texas,as well as Texas natives. The cedars have been here a long time, although I lost one to a tornado several years ago. Not many things will grow under a cedar tree, but I have thornless cactus, volunteer Chile piquines, maiden skullcap, plumbago, and Russian sage. On the left is a nice stand of rosemary, both prostate, and upright, and salvias of all types. I have Sago palms in pots all over the gardens.