My favorite on the tour was the native plant garden in the Alamo Heights neighborhood northeast of downtown. The house is located on a downslope away from the street which can provide unique challenges for gardeners. This homeowner created a very natural feel to the gardens along the street and driveway with a wide variety of plantings. A garage was removed at street level and a circle drive added to allow plenty of room for plants at the top of the hill.
A lawn-free front yard. The path on the right leads down to a bridge in front of the house.
Cross over the dry creek on this charming bridge to the front porch.
It looks like a Texas hill country view, but this is very close to the city.
Another view of the bridge from the dry creek
Around the side of the house to the backyard. The current owners walled in the porch of this 1940s house and added the double-decker porch and stone steps to the back of the house.
The owner and his brother built this impressive rock fireplace.
They also placed boulders along this side yard walkway which look so natural, it's as if they had always been here.
The homeowner was surprised when cactus began growing from crevices in the rocks in several places after they were placed in garden.
A new plant for me is this colorful Party Time (Alternanthera ficoidea) which looked at first like a variegated bougainvillea.
A natural watering station for the wildlife which this yard is sure to attract.
A watersaver landscape works best with native plants and this garden has many Texas native plants such as this Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens) along the path.
Zexmenia and Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) are excellent native plants for Texas gardens as well.
A look back toward the street from the front yard, more Texas Mountain Laurel, Salvia greggii, and Opuntia in the background.
This is an inspiring native plant garden and example of wildscape in the city. I'll share more gardens from the tour next week.