The second garden on our list was the Yvonne Tocquigny and Tom Fornoff garden. What a contrast to the first garden! This garden was designed for relaxation with extensive use of horizontal lines, pleasingly limited color palette, and repetition of plant selections throughout.
The contemporary ivy covered wall set with old world lanterns reminded me of gardens in Houston (above). But dry-stack limestone borders below bring it right back to Austin.
The linear contemporary design of the house was softened with a circle gravel drive bordered with the stones, ground cover, and sedge. Dichondra Silver Ponyfoot as ground cover was a common plant seen on this tour. These appear to be Agave victoria-reginae set into the the dichondra, an idea I plan to use in my own garden.
Another calming principle is balance as expressed in this symmetry using matching planters and lanterns near the front gate.
Inside this front gate set into the wall was a small courtyard and fountain with a stone bench for seating.
Around the side to the back yard are two courtyard gardens and seating areas. The walkway is lined by a raised planter of limestone with a row of crape myrtles pruned up to show off their smooth trunks.
This apricot climbing rose on the trellis spans the back of the home.
Coming upon the apricot climbing rose was a nice surprise in a garden of foliage plants.
Japanese maples are happy here. It's tough to find the right spot for them just 75 miles south in our hot San Antonio climate.
Water in the garden has a calming effect and this garden has a circle fountain centered in the rear courtyard. A trellis similar to the first courtyard backs this section of the house.
Yvonne Tocquigny, shown here in the hat greeting visitors, is CEO of the digital marketing firm Tocquigny in Austin. She said her job is quite demanding so she enjoys the relaxing elements of her garden.
The curves of the fountain add a visual respite from rectangular geometry of the space. Four containers with clipped boxwood are arranged around the fountain. A swimming pool was removed to create this garden courtyard.
A small deck is cantilevered over the creek and the horizontal slats create privacy while allowing just a peek to the creek below.
The guest house has a contemporary arbor over the doors
Japanese style is a good way to add calm to a garden and these Shoji-style doors with gravel right up to the narrow step capture that theme.
The Garden Conservancy Open Days supports the preservation of special gardens like Peckerwood Garden near Houston.