Last weekend we traveled to Austin for the Texas Book Festival and for the Inside Austin Gardens tour. This post will focus on the gardens or more specifically, plants in those gardens.
Originally, I had planned to get sweeping views of the gardens. Most of the yards were fairly small, but the crowd of people in them made it almost impossible to get the kind of pictures I wanted. So I focused on plants that I like or would like to know more about.
The tour was billed as “gardens by gardeners”. To me, this means that the design and work was done by the garden owner. But of the six gardens, half were professionally landscaped. All of the pictures in this post are from one garden. This gardener designed her own garden but also designs for other people.
Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata) is obviously a tropical bush. Austin is a warmer cold tolerance zone than we are. So this would have to be a pot plant here. That’s true of so many of the plants that I coveted.
Yellow Yucca (Hesperaloe Parviflora Yellow) is a slow growing succulent that like the Red Yucca should not be overwatered. It seems to have fuller blooms when the plant is smaller than even a mature Red Yucca.
Don’t know the names of these plants except for
Gopher Plant (Euphorbia biglandulosa). It’s the small succulent in the pot to the side of the main plant. That’s actually Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense).
The larger plant is Paleleaf Yucca (Yucca pallida).
A special thanks to the home owner Pam Penick who read this post and was kind enough to provide the correct information for some of the plants I misidentified or didn’t know the name of.
Pam, the home owner, has a popular blog. A beautiful garden all around the house – probably my favorite one on the tour.
“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Brian Gerald O’Driscoll