Rainbow Gardens #1 has more appealing signage and entrance than Rainbow Gardens #3.
A geodesic dome houses the checkout and garden shop area
Rainbow Gardens is the San Antonio Express-News "Reader's Choice" gold winner for 2011.
Several small gardens such as this fountain display area greet customers
Autumn and cool weather annuals under a large oak create a bright welcome at the entrance to the nursery area
A big display of perennials nearby
Talavera Pottery and garden ornaments
Colorful glazed garden spheres
Love these terracotta spheres
Rainbow Gardens also has a huge selection of glazed and terracotta pottery as well as metal planters.
The main aisle is where most of the huge selection of native and xeric plants are displayed along with water garden plants. There's a greenhouse for shade plants and tropicals. On the left lots of trees, shrubs and roses are available.
This beautiful Bonsai display is the domain of Maria who has been a fixture here forever. She's semi-retired now and works only a few days a week.
Ornamental grasses are straight ahead down the main aisle and were on sale. The area was almost empty so no photo, but I did load up my wagon with some good buys.
Well, hello there Mr. Fox!
Now crossing to the other side of the garden we find Texas Mountain Laurel Sophora secudiflora 'Silver Peso' which I've been considering for a full sun area by my fence. These should be transplanted small unless you excavate the site.
Large size succulents on display
Giant hesperaloe, an option for along my driveway
Yes, I'm taking you along on a shopping trip. Back to the front through the metal arch planted with bright zinnias
A closer look at the zinnias, enjoying fall color where we find it here in south Texas
Out front to load up my purchases and explore the garden along the road. Lindheimer's senna has easily survived the drought and the ocotillo is sprouting along the stems.
Dahlberg daisies are looking good too
Agave and yucca anchor this west facing roadside garden, tough and durable in a harsh environment.
If you're interested in visiting a Rainbow Gardens location and live north of San Antonio, the Thousand Oaks Drive store is more convenient to downtown attractions. If your plans include Sea World or Fiesta Texas, then the Bandera Road store is easily accessed from FM 1604. While both locations have great plant selections and service, the Bandera Road location has been updated recently and is a nicer spot for families to explore.
You can also take a look back at my post on Hill Country Gardens in New Braunfels from the first week in this series.