Robin's love of plants, developed from years in the nursery business, stands out from the start with a large Cotinus or smoke tree at peak bloom commanding attention along the brick walk.
It had already wowed us from the street with rosy plumes set off against burgundy foliage.
The welcoming front terrace with all the signs of a gardener/plant lover in residence.
I took away several ideas from Robin's garden. Through the side gate, these three trellis' along the house inspired the ones I added near my front walk this past summer.
Classic, timeless designs. I like these quite a lot.
Sea glass blue bottles make a pretty bottle tree. Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles, or so we were told. Not that I would know...more Gin and Tonic anyone?
Blue and White Talavera pottery grouped together accented with bright rose.
Lawn bounded by deep borders with blue accents weave throughout the back garden.
Burgundy Loropetalum echos colors from the smoke tree out front.
Rusty trellis echos the colors of Loropetalum
Blue accents add contrast throughout the garden
Hippeastrum johnsonii bloomed right on time for the spring tour.
Green screen for privacy around the pool.
Relax under under the big live oak in this generously sized garden space.
Bottle edging lines a path to the compost area and shed.
The old bicycle tucked in the groundcover makes a charming planted basket.
Casual vignette anchored by a stunning orchid in bloom.
Tiled concrete tables like this one used to be commonplace.
Comfortable, casual, realistic garden space
The 'Peggy Martin' rose story on display. The rose that survived Hurricane Katrina now helps raise funds to restore devastated gardens along the Gulf Coast.
Eucalyptus adds a silvery neutral to the bed with more burgundy loropetalum.
I think this pretty climber is Peggy Martin or Katrina rose and a nice ending to the tour.
While I enjoy visiting every style of garden, my favorites are casual plant-filled gardens like this one which in turn inspire my own gardening ideas. You can visit another garden from the Inside Austin Gardens Tour with a tour of Lori Daul's garden posted last spring.