Circling again to my backyard

April 24, 2024

I’ve been working round visiting gardens in Austin and past this spring, however day by day I cease and breathe deep in my very own backyard, taking within the inexperienced freshness of the season. The Circle Backyard view from the deck makes me significantly completely satisfied proper now. Its graphic design exhibits up nicely from above. Six ‘Winter Gem’ boxwoods (survivors, by some means, of final yr’s ice storm) bop across the sunburst stone path. A froth of woolly stemodia is submerging the stock-tank planter within the middle, creating the impact of a silvery inexperienced mound. A trio of ‘Colour Guard’ yuccas add their very own spiky circles within the foreground.

Within the tank, a variegated whale’s tongue agave is slowly filling out, paired with small native wildflowers like four-nerve daisy and Texas bluebonnet. A tentacle-like bottle tree provides peak and a sculptural aspect.

Alongside the coyote fence (shaggy cedar poles wired to a chain-link fence), ‘Peggy Martin’ roses have been placing on a romantic present for weeks. Yucca rostratas make bobblehead companions.

Purple coneflower provides extra pink alongside the trail.

Delicately twining up a cattle-panel trellis to the deck, ‘Etoile Violette’ clematis shows starry, grape flowers.

I really like after they attain the deck to greet me.

Hi there once more!

‘Brilliant Edge’ yucca has despatched up a tower of creamy, bell-shaped flowers, tall sufficient within the raised mattress to get pleasure from at eye degree.

Good from all angles

Blazing purple flowers have turned leggy peanut cactus right into a stop-and-stare attraction.


The potting bench, tidied up after the early spring rush of repotting, is displaying some purple too: a cleaning soap aloe in flower and a late flush from ‘Tangerine Magnificence’ crossvine. Maintain it coming, spring backyard. I’m having fun with all you need to give.

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Could 4: Discover “good backyards, good swimming pools and pergolas, and outside rooms and gardens” on the ATX Outside Residing Tour on 5/4, 10 am to three pm. Panorama architects, designers, and builders will likely be available to reply questions. Tickets are $33.85 for adults, $17.85 for youths age 10-17.

Could 11: Tour 4 Austin gardens on 5/11, from 9 am to three pm, on the Inside Austin Gardens Tour. Every backyard “is created and cared for by a Travis County Grasp Gardener and demonstrates life like gardening practices that inform and encourage.” Tickets are $25, or free for youngsters 12 and beneath.

Could 18: On Austin Dwelling’s Nice Outside Tour, held 5/18 from 10 am to three pm, discover “Pinterest-worthy swimming pools and outside kitchens to considerate plantings and trendy city density options.” Tickets are $30.

Could 18: Pop as much as Dallas for the 2024 DCMGA Backyard Tour on 5/18 from 10 am to five pm. Tickets are $18 if bought on-line prior to six pm on 5/17, or $22 after 6 pm on 5/17 or on the occasion. For a sneak peek, click on right here.

June 1-2: Take a self-guided, 2-day tour of ponds and gardens in and round Austin on the annual Austin Pond and Backyard Tour, held 6/1 and 6/2, 9 am to five pm. Tickets are $20 to $25.

Come study gardening and design at Backyard Spark! I manage in-person talks by inspiring designers, panorama architects, authors, and gardeners just a few occasions a yr in Austin. These are limited-attendance occasions that promote out rapidly, so be part of the Backyard Spark e mail listing to be notified upfront; merely click on this hyperlink and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Keep tuned for more information!

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