Here's Dan chopping and pulling the roots out of the ground. The thing with formosas is that they are highly invasive (which means nearly impossible to kill) and will grow if there is even a bit of root left in the ground.
In place of the formosa, we planted a palm tree surrounded by some creeping phlox.
Here's what the front yard looked like at the beginning of March. You can see that my lantana is starting to come back, and you can barely see the leaves on the salvia and beautyberry. The confederate jasmine looks a little brown still.
Here's a close-up of the lantana. I have two different varieties - don't ask me what they're called though. I bought them a few years ago and don't remember. The lantana comes back bigger and better every year and requires almost no care. It attracts lots of bees and butterflies. It's my pick for easy, pretty and long-lasting plant. I don't even have to weed because it grows so thick. What more could I want from a plant?
Here's the salvia. The variety is called "black and blue." As of today, there is a second flower spike coming up. This plant is already so much taller than it was last year!
American Beautyberry - one of my favorite late summer/fall plants. It will eventually have bright, magenta-colored berry clusters on it. I ordered this one in the mail last year. It died back in the winter, leaving only a sad little twig, and now it's growing like crazy! The good thing about native plants is you can plant them and forget them, once they're established.
I am refraining from posting more garden pictures, although I've taken some photos this week. I just want everyone to ogle at how big everything got in a week.