Water visually cools Pam’s back garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
Although she claims both a halo and a pitchfork in her blog name, Lori Daul of The Gardener of Good and Evil is purely a force for good — or at least that’s what I believe after seeing how beautifully she photographed my garden.
The repetition of plants and paving draw the eye to Pam’s stock tank pond. Photo by Lori Daul.
Lori came over one recent morning to take promotional shots for the Inside Austin Gardens tour on October 17. She’s on the tour’s organizing committee, and, as I mentioned earlier this week, my garden will be one of the stops on the tour. See “Oh, Deer!” on the Inside Austin Gardens website.
A stone fish stays cool in the stock tank pond. Photo by Lori Daul.
Lori kindly gave me permission to repost her images, and I’m including her captions too. She captured the garden from quite a few new perspectives I haven’t exploited myself. Regular readers will notice there’s not one photo of Moby or a long shot of the garden shed or the steel-pipe planter out front — in other words, none of my own standby shots. Her photos help me to see my garden afresh!
Pam’s DIY stock tank pond anchors the back garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
I’ll let Lori’s images and captions speak for themselves, like a tour guide, with some follow-up comments from me. Like this: if you’re interested in making your own stock-tank pond, I’ve written a 3-part series to show you how it’s done.
A gazing ball gives a wider perspective of the back garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
This is an homage to East Side Patch garden, where I first saw a gazing ball cradled quirkily by a cedar stump.
An insect hotel adds a pop of bright color and a creative habitat to the front garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
The tuteur and “bee bungalow” are from TerraTrellis.
Some rustic texture in the front garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
The little metal wrens are from The Natural Gardener. I just screwed them onto my cedar bench. Other bird species are available too.
‘Margaritaville’ yuccas punctuate a sedge front lawn. Photo by Lori Daul.
The sedge is Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa). Here’s a post about planting the sedge lawn.
Color echoes in the front garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
That’s a ‘Green Goblet’ agave underplanted with woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata).
Garlic chives begin to unfold in front of a ‘Vertigo’ fountain grass. Photo by Lori Daul.
Spiky and soft contrast in this pairing of bamboo muhly, dyckia, and pink skullcap. Photo by Lori Daul.
It’s actually white skullcap (the foliage is identical, and blooms were sparse). The dyckia are ‘Burgundy Ice’, a cold-tolerant cultivar.
An “octotillo” bottle tree contrasts with the bright orange of Mexican honeysuckle and orange pots. Photo by Lori Daul.
Blues upon blues. Photo by Lori Daul.
A low-water grouping on the back porch. Photo by Lori Daul.
Fish swim through a potted Sticks-On-Fire cactus. Photo by Lori Daul.
Succulents spill from a DIY cinderblock planter wall. Photo by Lori Daul.
A colorful pot echoes the shape of its cactus. Photo by Lori Daul.
A cheerful gnome keeps an eye on the back garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
Blue bottles contrast with the bold yellow ‘Color Guard’ yucca. Photo by Lori Daul.
A tiny potted surprise. Photo by Lori Daul.
Color and form echoes in the back garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
A fun surprise in a pot of feathergrass, chili pequin, and manfreda. Photo by Lori Daul.
Mexican honeysuckle contrasts with the deep purple of a ‘Vertigo’ fountain grass. Photo by Lori Daul.
A feathery arm of Mexican weeping bamboo softens a planting of Mexican honeysuckle. Photo by Lori Daul.
An intriguing low-water combo of sedge and Purple Heart. Photo by Lori Daul.
This was not on purpose. I tried to eradicate the aggressive purple heart before planting the Texas sedge, but we all know how that goes. For now I’m trying to keep a happy balance, which means yanking out handfuls of the purple heart whenever I get a chance.
Twist-leaf yucca and ghost plant make a great low-water grouping in a shady corner of the garden. Photo by Lori Daul.
Native nolina pairs with native Barbados cherry in a semievergreen combo. Photo by Lori Daul.
This Texas nolina has lived in this pot for 12 years (click and scroll down to 5th photo for an early picture). I brought it with me from my former garden, and it’s slowly grown to beautiful proportions, its spaghetti-like leaves cascading to the ground. The Barbados cherry is the dwarf variety, Malpighia glabra ‘Nana’.
Yucca rostrata shimmers against a deep blue backdrop. Photo by Lori Daul.
My thanks to Lori for making my garden look so good, even in the dead of summer, and for allowing me to share her photos! Visit the tour website to check out the other gardens that will be on the tour. There’s a lot to see!
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