The city of Austin is in the Hill Country and spreads out over cedar covered hills giving it a green vista. The city center and original settlement is on about the only level ground. A few of the home gardens on the tour were located there.
But the newer houses and most expensive real estate is on the hills on the outer edges of the city. Those sites make challenging landscaping for home owners. This post shows plants from three of those gardens.
This Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guarantica) grows in shade here with dapples of sunlight. But most salvia will also do well in sun.
This last yard was very nicely laid out. Oak Leaf Acanthus (Acanthus mollis) is a new plant to me. Information on the net states that stiff, spiky tubular-shaped flowers emerge from the center of the plant. Flowers can be white, lilac or rose in color. If this plant is in a hot climate, it needs afternoon shade. That would be Texas. It prefers moist soils but will tolerate drier soil.
Wingpod Pursulane (Portulaca umbraticola) is a US native succulent. This gardener did a nice job of landscaping with several beds outlined with different materials. You can see a back row of bricks and a side wood border.
That’s the last of the Austin gardens. There were a nice variety of gardens – shady, sunny, all native, more formal, or less formal natural settings. There was only one garden that I feel should not have been on the tour. It was sadly neglected. The reason I mention this is because the houses were scattered all over Austin and required a lot of driving. So a stop that wasn’t worth the time or gas should not have been included. Otherwise, it was a worthwhile tour.
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” Elizabeth Murray