Tanglewild Gardens merges ardour for daylilies with tropical wow issue

Might 23, 2024

Each time I go to Tanglewild Gardens, an Asian-influenced, daylily-hybridizing, future-wedding-venue backyard in North Austin, I’m impressed by the vitality and ambition of its homeowners. Skottie O’Mahony and Jeff Breitenstein, 13 years into the making of Tanglewild, proceed to increase on its backyard rooms and are within the course of of transforming a indifferent storage into an ADU with a tiki bar. Skottie calls the 1.7-acre property within the Wells Department neighborhood a “non-public (for now) north Austin botanical backyard & Nationwide Daylily Show Backyard.” It’s a botanical fantasia in contrast to another backyard I’ve seen in Central Texas, with tropicalesque palms, bananas, and cannas galore. Oh, and plenty and many daylilies.

I used to be there per week and a half in the past, when the daylilies have been popping with the arrival of Might’s warmth. However let’s begin our tour within the moon backyard, a black-fenced courtyard full of white- or pale-flowering crops for night enjoyment. Thai rice goddess figures and a carved wood doorway in a stucco wall provide the sense of getting into one other nation.

A tiered fountain on a gravel patio provides the music of trickling water.

Variegated bamboo stands out towards the dark-stained fence.

Framed view into the moon backyard

Skottie and Jeff have been hybridizing daylilies in Seattle earlier than they relocated to Austin, and so they introduced a bunch with them. They quickly realized that lots of the greatest performers in Seattle’s gentle local weather couldn’t make it right here. However others develop nicely in our hotter local weather. The couple constructed a number of raised beds to show their assortment, with every plant fastidiously labeled.

I didn’t write down any cultivar names, however right here’s a fairly sampling.

Fellow customer Lori Daul checking them out

A couple of crinums and cannas share house with the daylilies.

Griffin guardian of the daylilies

The property slopes steeply right down to Tar Department Creek. Skottie and Jeff took benefit of the grade change by operating a protracted stair down the slope and up the opposite facet, creating a powerful axis. A big patio with a stone fireplace pit is the point of interest of the sunken backyard.

Skottie and Jeff have organized branches within the fireplace pit, giving an impact of crackling flames even within the low season.

Let’s head down.

Pairs of Adirondacks flanked by silver-stump drink tables provide room for a crowd. You possibly can see the ADU underneath building within the background.

A sword in a tree — current when Skottie and Jeff purchased the property — has been dubbed Texcalibur by the couple. There’s a complete legend about that sword, which you’ll examine in my authentic weblog submit about Tanglewild.

Tar Department Creek winds lazily by way of the backyard. It’s dwelling to a giant snapping turtle, which I’ve not but been lucky sufficient to see.

Jeff and Skottie love huge, daring foliage and have the water to help it, due to the creek and a nicely.

Try the vivid pink foliage on this Japanese maple, and it’s not even autumn.

Dwarf orange cannas march up the steps on the opposite facet of the creek.

Trying again on the creek-crossing bridge and fire-pit patio

Smoldering cannas

An arbor with formal busts marks the doorway to the long run wedding-venue backyard.

A big, round garden makes a beautiful house to trade vows.

White prickly poppy


Arbor view

Bull thistle

A windmill provides somewhat Texas aptitude to the backyard.

Mexican hats

This elephant sculpture (except they’ve acquired a second one) used to reside within the moon backyard, however now he’s frolicking in a mattress of Mexican hats and cannas.

He seems glad right here!

Extra daylilies

Past the marriage garden, a patio backs as much as a dramatic bamboo forest.

Now let’s return to the fire-pit patio and take a facet path to the remainder of the backyard. I particularly take pleasure in this view of the lushly planted creekside backyard.

Trying again towards the fire-pit patio…

…and the creek because it widens round a bend.

An Asian sculpture greets you alongside the best way.

Heading again up towards the home, the place a vitex reveals off its fairly purple spires

Skottie and Jeff invited us to see the work-in-progress contained in the ADU and identified this view from one of many home windows. That’s the again of their primary home and pool courtyard, with the moon backyard behind the white wall on the precise.

And right here’s the reverse view from their again porch trying throughout the pool towards the ADU.

Courtyard wall with laser-cut Moroccan-style screens. What a retreat this place is!

Thanks, Jeff and Skottie, for sharing your stunning backyard with me once more!

My earlier posts about Tanglewild Gardens:

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