The fourth garden on this year’s Wildflower Center-sponsored Gardens on Tour, at 7316 Brecourt Manor Way in southwest Austin, was also the smallest, with only the back yard “gardened up.” The back yard opens to a view of the greenbelt beyond, so native plants were chosen to blend with the view, and entertaining areas are kept to either side of the lot so as not to block the view from the house. I like the distinctly Texas-style roofed pergola that shelters the dining patio.
Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) blooms beside a dry creek.
A disappearing fountain is tucked beneath a wax myrtle near the dining area.
And a blue agave in a hot-orange pot makes a pretty focal point near the tiny back porch. This is definitely a garden that relies on foliage rather than flowers to create year-round interest, which segues me right into Foliage Follow-Up, a celebration of foliage on the 16th of every month (following the flowers of Bloom Day).
Ornamental native trees like Southern wax myrtle and Texas redbud provide leafy screening of the neighbors and softening of the fence line, and they create a cozy nook for a firepit surrounded by comfy seating, giving the garden another entertaining area.
Wax myrtle and cenizo, another nice foliage combination
Redbud and wax myrtle, fronted by flowering perennials and a potted agave. The flagstone path leads you over a dry stream and back around to the front yard.
We ran into Jenn Butel, who blogs at Rebar and Roses. (What? Not updated in 2 years! Have you quit blogging, Jenn?)
Jenn kindly took a photo of our touring group: David Cristiani of The Desert Edge, Daphne Richards, Catherine Jones of The Whimsical Gardener, Renee Studebaker of Renee’s Roots, yours truly, and Jenny Stocker of Rock Rose.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of the tour. I skipped one garden that I’d previously seen on tour—more of a wildscape than a garden—at Jester Wild Drive. For a look back at the colorful, waterwise Zadock Woods Garden, click here.
And for my fellow foliage lovers, please join me in posting about your lovely leaves of May for Foliage Follow-Up, a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden. Leave your link to your Foliage Follow-Up post in a comment. I really appreciate it if you’ll also include a link to this post in your own post (sharing link love!). If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it.
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