Here is snippet of a small back garden overhaul that I have just completed in central Austin this past week.
The property had a few limping shrubs and lots of bare dirt and drainage issues.
A naturalistic corner water feature was introduced as a focal point to a new patio, introducing the sound of running water to entice birds and nature.
Here it is plumbed up, mid-construction.
Quite a few hours were spent shuffling moss boulders around to get the desired two-tier wells to flow naturally and to eliminate any splash-off that would deplete the reservoir over time.
When installing water features I try to create as much visual depth as possible, lots of overhangs,
and deep cavernous caves.
The flagstone echoes the color of the of the moss boulders. The gray gravel (Tejas black) slows down water flow and improves drainage, it blends naturally into Mexican beach pebbles around the fountain.
Back in the Patch:
It is the time of grasses.
Purple fountain grasses come to life this time of year as the sun sets,
The Patch Hell strip got a bit of a facelift this week with some left over Tejas black gravel.
The opuntia tree in the background has grown considerably the past few years,
the woody base looks very prehistoric leading up into the crazy antler paddles.
The gravel also contrasts well with chartreuse bamboo muhly.
Here is a frosty trio,
Gaura, rosemary and artemesia ‘silver king’.
This plant is also known as whirling butterflies, describing how the flower heads dart and move around on long and slender stems. Planted into a sharp soil this plant shows up every year without fail and has even spread to a couple of new locations across the sidewalk.
Like canna I remove spent flower spikes to prolong the bloom period.
Fantastic Mr Phlox also started to bloom this week,
providing refreshment for this skipper, perhaps a clouded skipper?
Palm grass brings a touch of the tropics to central Texas. They also grow extremely fast and are great for filling in large areas.
I have mine planted under the shade of my post oak and another predominantly in sun, it doesn’t care.
Like myself, it responds well to an occasional summer beverage.
Old yucca flower spikes make great futuristic “fire swords”, he has played with this one for days and I am constantly tripping over it on my back deck. Just when I thought this particular fire sword was about to disintegrate,
I noticed this…
…This will be the third flower spike (brand new fire sword / health hazard) for this soft leaf yucca this year!
There has been a lot of activity in our Michelin Star Patch restaurant.
This waiter diligently took our order,
and in no time a hearty fall “broth” was presented, wait, is that plumosa fern in there as a garnish?
Hibiscus is also festive, turning from green to golden-red.
Pride of Barbados seeds are getting prepared to free-fall from the safety of their capsule.
Almost there now.
Should you live on a sloping property you may consider this as a rather unique garden feature:
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