The sun porch is a fine place for pot plants year round as well as a spot to watch backyard birds.
The small atrium gives light and green plants to the breakfast area and dining area. I enjoy working with textures of plants in the atrium.
My back yard is still a simple green lawn 20 by 50 feet. I have hopes for it later that do not include lawn grass. In fact I would like the entire yard to consist of paths and seating areas and planting areas, no lawn. Judging by how sore and tired (but happy) I am tonight it will take a while!
My gardening is not xeriscaping as some have called it because of areas of rock mulch. There are several xeriscaped yards nearby. Mine is not that because it will need significant supplemental watering to live. If the heat and drought should persist and worsen here, my hardscape will be in place and remain, while individual plants will have to be replaced with hardier cousins from the desert.
The side and door yard garden have been bright with pansies. They are beginning to signal their dislike of Texas summer heat and will soon come up. Two strong men hung the now faded antiques shop sign in a protected spot beside the front door. Jack made the sign for our business thirty three years back.