BUT I was looking at the garden the other day and admired the amount of 'interactivity' going on. The plants have started to fill out and are playing off each others different textures and colours in both subtle and strikingly obvious ways.
I love this little grouping. Its a perfect example of tonal and textural contrast! There is the Festuca glauca in the foreground (avoiding the rabbits so far) contrasting in colour with the feathery soft limey green Myoporum parvifolium and then a hit of fleshy silver white with the good old Cotyledon orbiculata. I also like the Iris in the background that repeats the blueish tinge of the festuca and its vertical upright habit.
I love the colour of old recycled bricks and feel the earthy warmth they give contrasts very well with the soft blue grey of the Iris and the little Echeverias. I use these little 'Chicken and Hens' everywhere as edging as they are pretty, low growing and can handle the heat radiating off the bricks on a hot day. I also use good old mondo grass as an edge because its tough and acts as a great foil against fatter leaved, grey plants.
All in all, I think my little front garden is coming up well. And do you know what?! Those other LA friends that had no faith in me don't think I'm too bad now!
I should listen to my planty instincts more often :)