Friday, September 28, 2012

Garden Tour San Antonio Style: Xeric Garden

This week I'm posting gardens from The San Antonio Herb Society Garden Tour.   The last garden Ragna and I toured was the "Xeric Garden" in the far north suburbs.

The view from the street with Blackfoot Daisy, bush germander, and native ornamental grasses (possibly Lindheimer's Muhly).  The euphorbia surprised since the sun kills mine.  We didn't get a plant list at this stop so some guessing is involved.

Zoysia lawn, in excellent shape, surrounded by beds of drought tolerant plants.
Among my favorites is the use of teucrium in place of the Texas sage.  I wondered how well it blooms though if it is kept trimmed.  Many of these plants required jackhammers to dig the holes.  That's how they plant in my neighborhood also.

Lantana spilling over the boulders

The yellow Thryallis was blooming and quite impressive since mine doesn't grow nearly as well.  Love these combinations--simple yet very pretty.  The owners had a contractor install the front yard since moving these large boulders into place is not a DIY project. 

The landscaping is irrigated with sprinklers instead of drip irrigation.

Parking area plantings--very xeric.  Beautyberry on the left, yucca, hesperaloe, autumn sage.

The salvia throughout is 'Indigo Spires' The same plants repeated around the lawn gives a unified look to the entire front yard.


The backyard has a large, fairly new, garden space for their personal garden.

Container planting is a common way to plant annual herbs around here because digging is not easy.

Birdhouses painted by the grandchildren hanging in the ashe juniper.

A bottle tree with a Mrs. Butterworth's bottle among others.

Pretty container planting along the path


Roses on the trellis and a greenhouse at the end of the garden.

Certified Wildlife Habitat

The neighborhood requires a conservation zone around the edge of the property.

 A look over the fence to see the native landscape and how this looked before the house was built.

Back out front along the driveway

The winter jasmine is "skirted" to keep it in check.  That's Russelia below.

Along the street native limestone was cut into a wall and topped with flat limestone.  Rock garden plants grow in the crevices.

 A very nice combination of xeriscape landscaping and family garden.

My thanks to Ragna for sharing her photos of the front yard for this post as I was busy looking and asking questions and missed a few spots.

The San Antonio Herb Society tour benefits culinary scholarships to St. Philip's College here in San Antonio. The San Antonio Herb Society also  holds is one of the sponsors of the popular San Antonio Herb Market event each year. This year the market is on October 20th at The Pearl.

We visited six gardens on the tour and tomorrow I'll complete the series.

For a look back at the Re-purposed garden click here.


  1. What a nice garden. Everything is so well cared for and tidy! My garden will never look this good:( The huge agave with pups in the fifth picture is stunning!

  2. What a diverse collection of styles you are showing us on this tour. I am continually amazed at how the personalities of gardeners manage to emerge, even where climate would seem to dictate (what a bunch of rebels we are...YAY!)

  3. I was blown away by the beauty and sheer size of the shrubs around the house. I asked the home owner for his ideas on why the thyralis plants along my driveway wilt every afternoon and his were standing up to the full sun. We decided it was because his were in deep pockets of soil that the boulders afforded and were watered with sprinklers rather than drip as mine are. This tells me it's not that the plant can't take full sun, but that I need to do some work with mine. I was ready to remove them. This is one of the values of seeing other's gardens.

    I loved how they skirted winter jasmine. It looked like the bouffant skirts of a southern belle. Another great idea that can be put to use.

    Shirley, thanks for putting these garden visits together so well. I guess just about my favorite subject for blogs is garden tours.



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