Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Revisiting Rushing Street Garden

Visiting gardens on tour is always fun, but they are not always at optimal bloom time.  I was thrilled to be invited back for a spring visit a few weeks ago to this peaceful garden I toured last fall during the Watersaver Landscape Tour.

Spanish Lavender is a spring bloomer as is the phlox in the lower right.

Purple trailing lantana was already here when the owner purchased the undeveloped property.  Just a few of the blooms were out during the tour last fall.  A mild winter meant it was awash in blooms this spring.

This area is even more inviting surrounded by blooms.

Blooms of native Huisache (Acacia farnesiana) was the main event on this visit.  I was just a bit early because we were heading out to Round Top the next day.

Strands of golden poms flying around on this windy day were a treat.

Yellow Hesperaloe parviflora are recent additions on the corner and they also played a key role in my snagging this invite.  I spotted a wagon of these going by at Rainbow Gardens and quickly checked to see who had such great taste in plants.  After a brief chat I happily agreed to stop by soon.

Pulling back a bit reveals more Spanish Lavender and Aloe in bloom.

Silvery Cassia surround by a combination of purple lantana blooms and purple-hued Opuntia santa-rita.

The waves of purple mixed with silvery and gold makes a great plant combination.

Those pesky deer have mangled the silver agave!

Still love this relaxing courtyard.  The Huisache in view behind the wall.

Around back on last fall's tour I missed this screen the homeowners made from leftover roof trim.  Figuring out the details I missed is just part of the return visit fun.

Oh my this is all so gorgeous.

The tour is not quite over as you will all soon get a chance to meet the fun and charming owner of this awesome garden because Central Texas Gardener is scheduled to be there in May.  I know I can't wait.


  1. Poor Agave. I'm always so surprised to hear that deer interfere with them. I'd be quite fearful of getting near one that big, but then I'm not covered in fur and don't have itchy antlers. It's still beautiful despite its scrapes and scratches.

  2. Just beautiful Shirley, and you're right that it looks so peaceful and tranquil with its strategic placement of certain plants and the colour of the wall serving as a backdrop.

  3. Shirley, I'm glad you went back for the spring visit. I missed the tour last fall because of foot surgery, so will look forward to the spot on CTG. I'm interested in how the soil was prepared both here and in your own yard. All that dirt that you hauled was into the back, right? Did you start from scratch in the front yard or were the rocks already there? I hope you open your yard for this year's tour. It looks wonderful.

    1. This post shows the beginnings of the front landscaping. We added small amounts of topsoil as needed and some of the soil from the truckloads did go into the front shade garden. We left the native soil in the sunnier areas because that is what native plants prefer.

  4. A landscape that works spring, summer and fall is a well designed landscape. Thanks for the visit.

  5. Sigh ... it's all so gorgeous, I don't know where to start! (Love that Foxtail Fern toward the end! They were all over the place in Florida, and I fell in love with them.) We've been hearing what a moist, lovely spring you folks in Texas are having. That's wonderful news for you, your plants, wildlife, and easing drought conditions. Cheers!

  6. Score! (You, for the visit). Great garden.

  7. Thank you for sharing this landscape again in the spring! I cant wait until their CTG spot...whoooo Hooooo!

  8. I love to admire other gardens but feel some of the best posts are not only wonderful viewing but include something to inspire other gardeners to try something new - or again... That shot of the lavender and aloe by the street post really got me thinking.

    I would love to have aloe out along my front curbing but the deer simply won't cooperate. The last time I tried the aloe were pulled out by the roots, though I'm not sure if that was simply some deer experimenting (and discarding) them as options to eat. Seeing how striking they are in this setting I'm tempted to try again, perhaps with caging to protect until they get well rooted. Hmmmm. Thanks, Shirley!

  9. It was beautiful in the fall and it's beautiful now! Love the way the concrete fence echoes the house color and the gnarled tree trunks/branches (live oaks?) continuity and drama. The agave is awesome despite their deer friends.

  10. It's a beautiful garden - simple and elegant but also full of surprises. I wish I could get my Lantana to take off like that but I guess I should just count myself lucky I don't have to deal with deer and be content with what I've got.

  11. Details like the screen made of extra roofing are what make a nice garden really good. I love that! And those trees are simply magnificent. It's lovely to see the garden in bloom all around them.


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