Casuarina glauca 'Cousin It' went where it can drape over...
...this retaining wall.
Cordyline 'Festival Grass' went in 'Blast's former spot, where it too can drape over a retaining wall.
Doing the same thing again and expecting a different result is the definition of stupidity (and insanity). I will do a different thing and hopefully get a different result.
The west slope was too dry for this Cordyline 'Festival Grass'.
To achieve a different result with the same plant in the same place, I added a circled drip tube to provide more water. I also left the Cordyline in its nursery pot for several months before planting it in the ground, to give the root system more time to develop. This is a plant that develops a saleable amount of top growth with a pitiful root system. Looks great as a potted plant for sale at the garden center, but planted in the ground, it can't seem to survive with said pitiful root system.
This is the view that Cordyline has. How could it not like that?
The Lomandra 'Plantinum Beauty' replaced Rosa 'Disneyland', a rose that was very pleasing its first few years here, but which has been in decline a good long while. The Chilli Thrips plague was also a consideration in its removal.
Here's the first Lomandra that I planted last November. It has grown considerably so it must like the spot, which is across the path from the newly planted one.
Here it was when newly planted in November 2017. It's a steady, not-too-fast, not-too-slow grower. I like that.
Hah! To the upper right of the Lomandra is the Salvia 'Blast' that I moved to the spot that I just moved it out of for the 'Festival Grass' that is also in the photo. That Salvia has been around.
Grevillea 'Kings Fire' has disappointed. Such gorgeous flowers, but it has turned brown and dropped a lot of leaves. Soil was getting moisture, drainage was good. Looked awful. Heave ho!
Hmm. Not much of a root system. Grevilleas don't really have much of a root system anyway, but this was pretty small. The roots appeared to be in good shape. Not rotted, not dried, just not plentiful, and new roots not developing. I may have pulled it too early, but the decline has been steady.
Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon' got the spot, with new soil, just in case. Spring-planted Leucospermum 'Blanche Ito', about 3m (~9') away, with the same soil, irrigation, and sun exposure, is doing very well.
There is another 'Kings Fire' on the other side of the driveway. It doesn't look all that great either, but its not quite as bad off as the other, perhaps because it is smaller. It will get the fall and winter to improve or fail.
Nearby, the Grevillea juniperina 'Lava Cascade' got a hot dry spot where the Dymondia struggles in summer. There was some dampness left in the soil watered two days ago, so it may be enough for this tough groundcover Grevillea, which survived in a pot in the sun all summer. It's also been in bloom since purchase, although summer is not its bloom season. I'll remove some of the unhappy Dymondia as/when/if the Grevillea spreads out.
Here it is in the foreground right, at planting two years ago
Looking back at the old post on that plant, I noted it was supposed to have yellow bracts and red cones, hence the name 'Reverse Polarity', but it doesn't. Red around yellow, not yellow around red. Hmm. Mislabeled? Oh well--it's healthy.
Also in that area, a month or two ago I planted the Aloe capitata quartzicola 'Yellow Hoodie'. It had spent nearly a year waiting in a pot, in the heat of this summer in full shade under the patio cover.
It had turned a sad dull green in full shade. Back in the sun, it quickly redeveloped incredible blue-lavender color, with red marginal teeth. Sweeeet!
What's left to plant? The Arctostaphylos 'Louis Edmund' and the 'Purely Purple' Lagerstroemia. The Arctostaphylos will involve some moving of other plants, but a reasonable spot seems to exist. The Lagerstroemia can get potted up one size larger for the winter and if the remaining 'Kings Fire' Grevillea doesn't survive, the Lagerstroemia can go there.
Progress! Not ready for any new purchases yet, not without surveying the garden to see what empty spaces there are.