The Rockcliff Road garden, just west of Austin, is very naturalistic--making it fun to explore but not quite easy to translate to the blog. A live oak shaded path greeted us just inside the garden walls. Native plants have filled in the understory spaces in striking contrast to the typical oak-studded lawns of our area.
Meadows of wildflowers appeared along the way.
Catching a glimpse of the home through the trees
Heading on down the path we arrived at a shaded garden house half hidden by the trees
Several waterfalls and streams running through the property are a dominant feature of the garden.
Native Hill Country Penstemon blooms in one of the natural spaces between water features.
Nearer the house the natural garden paths intersect with stonework and paving.
A fern covered waterfall softens the transition to hardscape.
Across the driveway more paths lead to features like this urn with palm.
Kidneywood trees in oil jars punctuate entry courtyard arches.
An outdoor fireplace set into the wall of the house defines the end of the courtyard.
A carved and polished stump-turned-table evokes the woodsy setting.
More woods and water features for visitors to explore.
We exited through the front gates where this draping nolina with bloom stalk caught my eye. I like the grass-like forms of our native nolinas.
The wildflower center has announced that this was the tenth and last of the Gardens on Tour events for a while. I hope they will bring it back from time to time as it's wonderful to enjoy so many special private gardens around Austin.