This brainiac baby head is just one of the creative succulent planters I spotted during a recent visit to Tillery Street Plant Co. in East Austin.
Tillery Street sells wholesale and retail “to the unwashed masses,” with a concentration of agaves, yuccas, acacias, small succulents, and other xeric plants.
From the parking lot, an inviting doorway opens up to…
…a pecan-shaded display yard filled with spiky accents for your garden.
Cholla, possibly the spiniest cactus of all.
But what really stood out for me were the small-scale container plantings with tender succulents and cacti, in colorful dishes…
…inverted metal pyramids (notice how this one is wedged into a tree stump!)…
…and beautifully constructed boxes. Don’t forget the blue baby-head planter pictured at the top of this post. That one nearly came home with me.
The business office is run out of a shiny Airstream trailer, with Austin style motel seating out front.
You’ve got mail! A mailbox stands in for a display shelf and holds a few surprises.
More laid-back motel seating surrounds a metal fire pit, currently filled with bamboo muhly.
A large stock-tank pond brings reflected sky down to ground level.
A trickle of water is revealed behind the papyrus.
Orange goldfish dart around at the surface, warming themselves in the spring sun.
As of this writing, the nursery has limited hours—Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.—and no website, but Tillery Street does have a Facebook page with contact information. Last year it began sharing space with East Austin Succulents (click for my tour). Stay tuned for more succulent and cactus goodness!
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