This was a HUGE project. There’s so much to it that I have yet to fill out here. In short, I learned every single aspect of landscaping with this yard and was so fortunate to see a big, very personal vision become reality. It’s still a work in progress because edible landscaping is NOT the easiest type of landscape to install… and it goes on as any big project would be for a while after any presumptuously declared “completion” dates. This landscape was built without chemicals (except for primer and glue for irrigation piping), and continues to be organic. More details to come!
Some of the edibles planted here.
Charcoal Blue Lueders limestone entrance.
My guys did a great job on the curves in this area! Planted where you can’t see: native Dahoon hollies, Montrose purple vitex, pomegranate trees, firecracker bushes. More recent photo coming soon.
This Hydrawise irrigation controller syncs with local weather data so that it never runs when it rains. Because it connects to Wifi, I can also adjust settings and turn zones on and off from my phone.
First harvest – pounds of pecans from the 3 large trees that hang over the property. Pecans were delicious, trees were a mess!
Mulch, mulch, and more native hardwood mulch.
Charcoal blue lueders limestone straight from a Georgetown quarry, before cutting and assembling the patio.
Radial patio pattern in progress.
“Food forest” area planted in South corner. The longleaf pine on the left will naturally mulch and fertilize the blueberry shrubs beneath it for years to come.
Mockup of matured trees.
Trident maple, outside of the bathroom window for an annual show of brilliant fall color.
Horsetail reeds, contained by the concrete and stone, next to a fountain by Rock Steady Designs.
Zoysia turf area where the only sprinkler head on site is located. Row of cherry tomato and basil plants should fill in nicely!
The front corner stays a bit damp, so I planted a few different types of mint.
Permeable DG sidewalk, rain garden, and low-maintenance plants.
Copper canyon daisies, rain lillies, muhly and maiden grasses where there is zero irrigation.
Cardamom ginger plants, native hibiscus, skullcap, pineapple guava shrub, and changshou kumquat tree.
The cardamom ginger plants aren’t edible but smell like Christmas, and the pineapple guava’s flowers taste like candy.
Rain garden out front. Because of the old sycamore tree, we couldn’t install a culvert. The more this rain garden fills out, the more effective it seems to be in absorbing excess water from the street.
View of the patio. Large rays fan out from the pool and meet squares along the edges of the steps.
The garden to the left has a buddha’s hand citrus surrounded by herbs. Expected to be a social area, the fragrant, exotic buddha’s hand will be a fun sight when it’s fruiting.
Cold-hardy bamboo as a privacy screen from the neighbors’ overlooking windows.
Native dahoon hollies in an area that is shaded and damp almost year-round.
Asian pear, russian sage, butterfly bush planted. Some wild elder and gingers left behind. Gratuitous pecan leaves on turf to the left…
Copper Canyon Daisy is the honeybadger of plants that work in Houston. Gets absolutely covered in glorious yellow blooms for months at a time.
The rain garden area had some standing water for about a day after our recent 50-year flood event. Not PERFECT, but not bad for an area with no drainage otherwise.
Rosemary and rock rose on the dry edges, native button bush, Lufkin hibiscus, LA iris’ along back, swamp rose, muhly grasses and shrimp plants. The pecan seedlings and nut grass don’t get to stay…