I've been busy this month with an outside home improvement project. So far the new pergola and lattice fence started in April is about 90 percent finished. I hope to show pictures of the project when all the finishing touches are done. Instead, here are a few pictures of yards in my neighborhood that show good examples of landscape styles that I like. Drought tolerant Vinca ground cover and rosemary do well throughout the year. Good shade trees include birches and Japanese maples. Crepe Myrtles provide beautiful blooms in watermelon pink, electric red, lavender, and white hues. Something new on the scene is the horsetail bamboo in the last photo.