East Austin Edible
These homeowners spend quite a bit of time outside with their young son, playing and growing food for the family. This garden design provides a safety barrier between the lawn and the street using steel planters and native grasses and perennials. Featuring a mixture of silver foliage and purple blooms, the plant palette additionally includes many edibles, such as culinary sage, anise hyssop, and pineapple guava shrubs. Mexican plum trees flank the new walk, offering shade, beautiful spring blooms, and edible fruit.
West Austin Slope
These west central Austin clients wanted a plan to turn a neglected, poison-ivy covered hillside on their property into a spot for gathering, incorporating native plants and edible varieties into the design. This modern installation terraced the hillside in reinforced steel, adding a hand-laid brick seating area, shady granite pathways, and lots of native perennial plantings along with peach trees and blackberries.
Hyde Park Bungalow
After a large home renovation, this yard needed lots of love. As part of the full-yard design, the front walk was repaired and a new landing was installed for the front steps. The front beds were expanded, and filled with shade tolerant native and adapted plants to provide texture and year round interest. Custom metal trellising was fabricated and installed to screen the dining room windows from the neighbors’ utilities. The backyard was designed with outdoor family fun in mind, incorporating two patios, firepit, stock tank pool, small lawn and perimeter plantings.
This garden was designed and installed during the height of the 5 year-drought in Central Texas. The backyard originally held lawn in full sun that had completely died. The client wanted the new garden to be highly visible from the house and back covered porch and require minimal maintenance. Steel terraces ease the slope and prevent erosion while raised containers make the plants more visible from the house. Interesting succulents and highly drought tolerant plants ensure ease of care and low water usage. There is no irrigation in this garden.
Hyde Park Xeriscape
The challenges of this project included water infiltrating the house foundation and a shady front yard filled with weeds. A dry creek pathway on the side of the home directs water into berms featuring native plants. Reclaimed Chicago brick circles highlight the existing trees. Mixed gravels and welded steel edging provide structural interest for low water usage plants. Custom trellises in the back hold crossvine to screen the garage and a small lawn utilizes habiturf grass mix from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. 90% of the lawn was removed, yet the garden is full and lush.
Central Austin Native & Heirloom
The client for this project had many of the design elements pre-planned and a large collection of heirloom plants from her mother’s and grandmother’s gardens to incorporate. A broken driveway was removed and re-purposed as urbanite stepping stones for the front walkway. Six-inch chopped stone defines lawn and seating areas in geometric shapes surrounded by densely planted beds that mix natives with the client’s heirloom plants. Irises and ground orchids mix with native Turk’s cap and agarita in the shade surrounding the seating areas. Day lilies and irises coexist with blooming, sun-loving natives in the front bed which will fill in over time to create privacy from the street.