"Urban Chic" is the third garden on our tour. Located in the Southtown neighborhood of older homes near downtown currently undergoing revitalization, this house was built on an empty lot and completed in March 2010.
The owner prepared a detailed hand-out explaining the process of developing the gardens in phases. Currently in the third year of a four-year project we could see how beautifully it is all coming together. The plant choices are native and adapted drought-tolerant plants.
Phase one focused on the front landscaping. Toothless sotol and caesalpinia in the small no-lawn front yard, with blackfoot daisy in the foreground
The dichondra silver ponyfoot is a pretty, silvery groundcover (behind sidewalk) and the blackfoot daisies are filling in along the street.
Pavers in rock walkway leads to the back yard. The fence and gate work well with the architecture of the house.
Galvanized tanks added in Phase Two serve as raised garden beds on a temporary base of mulch in the back yard. The next phase will see a deck extension to the house along with brick hardscape and gravel pathways. More plants, groundcover and trees will be added after construction. Candle plants (cassia) are blooming in the sun.
The tanks are planted with herbs and vegetables. The owner is currently growing several types of lavender to determine the best varieties for her garden.
The back of the house repeats the geometric elements and triangular porch from the front, clumping bamboo is used for privacy. A deck will be added in this area during Phase Four.
Nice color on this Mexican plum
Xylosma blooming behind the garage
Additional plants and groundcover will be added when construction of the deck and hardscape are complete.
The house was designed with an atrium to accomodate the owner's 35 year old ficus triangularis and other large houseplants. The beautiful atrium was part of the tour.
Three 'Macho Ferns' (Nephrolepis biserrata) on iron stands are striking. Kooboo chairs made famous by interior design bloggers complete the scene.
The courtyard beyond the atrium was Phase Three and is a jewel of a garden. The asian style fountain against a backdrop of bamboo is perfect in the small space . Gorgeous containers and plants fill out the scene.
I did not ask, but it appears the red flags are related to plant watering schedules.
The kitchen window looks out on the courtyard
Leuchtenbergia principis in a contemporary ceramic container.
Hanging baskets with more containers and plants on the covered breezeway from the garage to the atrium. The larger plants are on mover's dollies to facilitate moving them in during a freeze.
The San Antonio Herb Society tour benefits culinary scholarships to St. Philip's College here in San Antonio. The San Antonio Herb Society also
We visited six gardens on this tour and tomorrow I'll share the "Re-purposed" garden. For a look back at "Texas Eclectic" click here.