Drive-By Gardens: Up to date, lawn-gone entrance yard


June 12, 2024

I walked by this residence in my northwest Austin ‘hood the opposite day and — bam! — the landscaping stopped me in my tracks. A silver-green planting of whale’s tongue agave, woolly stemodia, and grassy Lindheimer nolina (I feel) makes a textural, deer-resistant welcome to this Seventies ranch. A low wall manages the sloping grade change and creates refined separation between the public-facing a part of the yard and an internal, more-private patio by the entrance door.

Talking of the door, I am keen on that sky-blue paint job.

Wanting lengthwise, you see how the curving lot was accommodated with an apron of gravel, which gives quick access for guests parking alongside the curb. There’s no cause your guests or the pizza supply man should squeeze previous your vegetation — or, heaven forbid, step on them — when exiting their automobiles. A strip of gravel solves that drawback. This gravel strip absorbs the curve, after which the trendy straight strains of the metal edging and wall take over.

Contained in the wall, beneath the shade of bushes, inland sea oats gives extra grassy, deer-resistant texture. The small, mounding vegetation by the potted cactus appear like asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’). It appears just like the agaves have been troubled a bit by deer-antlering in the course of the fall rut (as mine have been), and I think the homeowners should cage them from September via April to forestall additional harm. A irritating reality of life in my a part of city.

It was so good to run throughout this lovely design that eliminates thirsty garden, updates the home, and creates a semi-private front-yard dwelling house. Win-win-win!

I realized later that woman-owned B. Jane designed this backyard and Fertile Floor has completed a few of the upkeep. Good job, girls!

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